Port Stephens Dolphin Watching Day trip from Sydney

A day out in the beautiful Port Stephens area. Cruise the harbour on a dolphin spotting boat trip, play on stunning beaches, sand slide down huge dunes and 4WD on the beach. If you love nature and adventure, then this is the trip for you!


2 hours north of Sydney the Port Stephens area is simply paradise with over 26 incredible white sand beaches to choose from. It is no wonder that this trip gets booked out well in advance.

On our way to Nelson Bay in the heart of the Port Stephens area we travel north from Sydney over the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and up the New South Wales coastline made up of stunning golden beaches that have made Australia so famous. Nelson Bay is a cute town with some quaint local shops for you to explore before we head out to sea for a dolphin watching trip.

We are in search of over 150 incredibly playful bottlenose dolphins who call Port Stephens home. Between June and October there is the option to upgrade to our whale watching trip which goes a little further out to sea to catch the migrating Humpback whales renowned for their playfulness and acrobatics. If you are keen to get a little closer to the dolphins the boat comes equiped with a boom net to lower you into the sea.

Once back ashore you have your own time to hang out, sunbake on the glorious Stockton Beach, take a swim, or optionally try sand boarding down the huge Anna Bay sand dunes. Accessed by large 4WD the Anna Bay dunes are some of the biggest you will experience anywhere in the world and an awesome sand boarding challenge on purpose made boards. Alternatively, there are optional camel or 4WD sand buggy rides available.

Booking Conditions

Age Restriction: Minimum 8

Fitness Requirement: Medium

What's included

  • Return transport from Sydney
  • Informative Guide
  • 2.5hr Whale & Dolphin Watching Cruise
  • 4WD and sandboading tour

What To Bring

  • Sun Protection
  • Water bottle
  • Spending Money
  • Sun Protection
  • Warm/ wet weather clothing



Day 1 : Highlights
Travel from Sydney to Port Stephens with a small group for a personalised tour Visit Nelson Bay, the popular seaside town and relax by the Marina where you will break for lunch (own expense) Cruise out of the headlands in search for Humpback Whales and join the cruise as you look out for other sealife including dolphins and seals from the viewing decks Take a big 4WD vehicle over the huge dunes to find the biggest dunes possible for all the sand boarding you can handle! ***please note itinerary order may change due to cruise times***
Meals :None


Departure Days: Wednesdays and Saturdays every week during June - Oct

7.00am – Bondi Junction - Meriton Apartments, 97 Grafton St

7.10am - Kings Cross – Holiday Inn, 203 Victoria St

7.25am - Central – St Laurence Church, 812 George St

7.45am - Circular Quay – The Obelisk, Macquarie Place Park, cnr Loftus & Bridge St

Returns: 7.30pm (approx)

Optional Excursions

Optional Activities (Available to sign up on tour with your guide)

  • 4WD Tours
  • Sand Boarding
  • Whale Watching

Available Extras

Lunch at own expense in Nelson Bay

No Credit Card or Booking Fees!!

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This trip is one of our most popular and often gets booked out well in advance. The playful bottlenose dolphins are so amusing and we highly recommend getting into the water if conditions allow. While sleeping the hangovers away on the golden sand of Stockton Beach is hard to turn down we also recommend you head out sand boarding. These dunes are immense and such a buzz!!

Recent Independent Reviews

  • On Real Aussie Adventures

    Real Aussie Says

    Port Stephens day tour from Sydney best bits are dolphin Watching, Stockton Beach and sand-boarding. This tour is family friendly and suitable for children over 8 years old.

    On Trip Advisor

    A Great Day!

    I had a great day at Port Stephens, last saturday. First we went to an amazing lookout point and after that the dolphin watch cruise. This was amazing, especially the opportunity to sit in the net.

    After that we did the sandboarding what was great. Also the traffic was well organised and the busdriver George want really to show us the nicest places. 

    On Trip Advisor

    Cruise Was Lovely

    Personally I was only in it for the dolphins - cruise was lovely and happy to say not part of the 2% that doesn't get to see any.

    But vegging out on a terrace with a nibble and a drink at the beach while co-travelers went up the dunes for a mouth full of sand ;-) was a perfect and relaxing end to the day.

    On Trip Advisor

    Very Lovely Day

    My partner and I went on the Jervis Bay day trip and we really enjoyed. Food provided was delicious and the guide was very helpful and entertaining. He always made sure everyone was ok and enjoying their time.

    We also went on the dolphin cruise and we got to see few dolphins who came right under our boat and a mum with her calf too. Very lovely day.

    On Facebook

    Well Worth Going

    Had a wonderful trip today(port Stephens ), really lovely guide ( Ronnie ) that wanted us all to have the perfect experience.

    Really informative full of knowledge. well worth going on this trip . Dolphins came to say hello and it was amazing.