Port Stephens Dolphins & Dunes
Today you’re visiting the picturesque coastal town of Port Stephens. Heading out over the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge, your Driver Guide will provide expert commentary as you travel through the beautiful Hawkesbury Ranges.
The Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of the largest steel arch bridges in the world. Known to Sydneysiders as ‘the Coathanger’, the bridge was designed in 1924 to connect the northern and southern shores of the city.
A haven for nature and history lovers, the Hawkesbury region is situated among Wollemi and Blue Mountains National Parks. This morning your journey will take you through the evergreen landscape of its countryside and historic towns.
Australian Reptile Park
One hour north of Sydney you’ll stop on the Central Coast to visit the Australian Reptile Park. Here you can really interact with the wildlife, including a walk with Hugo, a giant but gentle Galapagos tortoise. You can feed the friendly kangaroos and visit Elvis, a huge saltwater crocodile. For something a little more intriguing and less interactive, you can witness snake and funnel web spider milking – the park is the only supplier of many venoms that are critical in saving hundreds of lives each year.
It’s back on board now to continue on to the lovely Port Stephens. Often referred to as Australia’s blue water paradise, Port Stephens’ quiet golden beaches are surrounded by crystal clear water and never-ending blue skies. The abundance of marine life here makes it the ideal location to spend some time on the water in search of dolphins and other amazing aquatic creatures.
Please note: You’ll have approximately one hour to purchase lunch (own expense) before you join the dolphin watching cruise.
Now you’ll hop on your luxury boat and head out on the water in search of dolphins. The beautiful and gentle bottlenose dolphins have several pods in the area so there is always a very good chance of seeing one, if not many. While enjoying the dolphins and the view from one of the three viewing decks, your hosts will be on hand to ensure a great day for everyone.
The Worimi Conservation Lands (Stockton Bight Sand Dunes) is the largest sand dune system in Australia. Stretching for 32 kilometres, this surreal landscape is barren of vegetation and has dunes that climb up to 40 metres high. You’ll travel in a purpose-built 4WD to Stockton Bight where you can sand-board at your own pace or experience the thrill of high speed down the enormous dunes.
Full Day Tour
Approximately 12 hours
Mon, Wed & Sat from 6.50am
(pick-ups at selected hotels)
7.30pm approximately, Sydney
Our special discounted rates make booking accommodation with us during your holiday both easy and affordable at selected AAT Kings hotels and resorts.
Find out more
- Entry to Australian Reptile Park
- Dolphin watching cruise
- Sandboarding & 4WD tour
- Experienced Driver Guide
- Comprehensive commentary
- Travel in an air-conditioned coach
What to bring
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
- Water bottle
- Jacket in the cooler months
Moderate level of fitness required for guests participating in the Sandboarding option.
|10.30am||Australian Reptile Park|
|12.30pm||Port Stephens (lunch break)|
|1.30pm||Dolphin Watching Cruise|
|3.30pm||Stockton Bight Sand Dunes (sandboarding)|
Free hotel pick-ups
Hotel pick-ups are available free of charge if you do not wish to meet at the main departure point. Hotel pick up times vary so please use the tool below to find your hotel and pick up time. Hotel pick-ups must be requested with your booking.
The following pick-ups will be in effect from 1st April 2016.
|Hotel||Pickup Location||Pickup Time|
|Crescent on Bayswater||Front of Hotel||6.50am|
|Four Points Sheraton||Front of Hotel||8.00am|
|Four Seasons||Level 3 – Harrington Street entrance||8.05am|
|Hilton Hotel Sydney||Pitt Street entrance||7.50am|
|Novotel Darling Harbour||Front of Hotel||7.35am|
|Parkroyal Darling Harbour||Front of Hotel||7.40am|
|Rydges World Square||Front of Hotel - Pitt Street entrance||7.45am|
|Sofitel Wentworth||Front of Hotel||7.05am|
|Vibe Hotel Sydney||Front of Hotel||7.15am|
|YHA Central||Front of Hostel||7.20am|
In Sydney, you will be picked up by your specific touring vehicle an commence your day tour without the need to go to a centralised departure point to swap vehicles.
Please use the tool below to find the nearest pickup location from your hotel and advise your chosen pickup with your booking. Alternatively, please ask at time of booking.
Find your hotel pick up time
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