Port Stephens Dolphin Watching & Sandboarding


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Embark on the ultimate Port Stephens day trip from Sydney with this dolphin-watching and sandboarding expedition! This is the perfect introduction to the wildlife, landscapes, and local culture of the laid-back Central Coast of New South Wales. 

After getting picked up in Sydney, you'll head north to the stunning town of Nelson Bay. Explore the seaside town, join a dolphin watching cruise, and go sandboarding on the Stockton Sand Dunes. This day tour is adventurous and action-packed so you can experience the highlights of Port Stephens!

  • Fully guided day tour from Sydney to Port Stephens with a friendly driver guide
  • Stop in the charming village of Nelson Bay and revel in the relaxing coastal energy
  • Go on a boat cruise to watch dolphins play in the waves and spot whales during the winter months
  • Sandboard down the golden mountains of the Stockton Sand Dunes 

Your Sample Itinerary

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Travel from Sydney to Port Stephens

Begin the day bright and early with a convenient pick-up in Sydney. Meet your charismatic tour guide, board the air-conditioned vehicle, and head north over the Sydney Harbour Bridge. After about 2.5 hours you'll reach the quaint and beautiful coastal town of Nelson Bay in the Port Stephens area of New South Wales. Soak in the small town vibes, browse the souvenir shops, and grab a coffee or some lunch at a local cafe.

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Join an exhilarating dolphin watching cruise

Board a boat in Nelson Bay and venture out to the Pacific Ocean for some dolphin watching! The marine-life-rich waters around the NSW coastline are the perfect playground for bottlenose dolphins, and you'll get to observe these adorable creatures up close as they glide through the waves. Sip on a complimentary tea or coffee as you hang out on the spacious decks and admire the marine life. In the winter months you may even spot whales as they migrate along the East Coast! You can also get in the water for an up-close experience as there is a boom net attached to the boat.

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Sandboarding on the Stockton Sand Dunes

After your boat trip, head back to land and jump in a hefty 4WD truck. The vehicle will transport you over to the Stockton Sand Dunes which are the largest moving coastal dunes in the Southern Hemisphere! Upon arriving at Stockton Beach in Anna Bay, your guides will teach you how to sandboard on the mountainous golden dunes. Spend some time admiring the vast rippling sand dunes and have a blast as you speed down them on a sandboard!

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Return to Sydney

Once you've all had enough sandboarding, hop back on the bus and embark on the 2.5-hour drive back to Sydney. This action-packed day tour is designed to showcase the best of the Central Coast, from wildlife to natural beauty to local charm. Port Stephens is a gorgeous part of Australia's East Coast, and this tour allows you to see the highlights in just one day! The tour runs from Sydney year-round, with the added perk of whale watching if you book the tour in winter!

What's Included?

  • Accommodation pick-up/drop off in Sydney
  • Return air-conditioned vehicle transfers to Port Stephens
  • Experienced driver guide
  • 1.5-hour dolphin watching cruise
  • Complimentary tea and coffee on the boat
  • 4WD bus ride to Stockton Sand Dunes
  • Sandboarding experience with instruction and boards provided

What's Extra?

  • Lunch, snacks, and souvenirs in Nelson Bay are at your own expense (can also bring a packed lunch if you wish)

Terms and Conditions

Please read our terms, conditions and cancellation policies before booking this experience.

East Coast Tours acknowledges all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Traditional Owners of Country and recognises their continuing connection to land, sea, culture and community. We pay our respects to Elders past and present and extend that respect to all First Nations peoples.

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