Whale Watching and Sand Boarding Day Trip from Sydney

Acrobatic humpback whales, playful bottlenose dolphins, endless white sandy beaches and massive dunes to sand board down - we better you can't name a better day out from Sydney.


This trip only runs between June and October when over 10,000 Humpback whales migrate along the New South Wales coast. The trip is virtually exactly the same as our Port Stephens Dolphin Trip except we go a little further out to sea in to view these mighty creatures.

The trip leaves Sydney heading north to Nelson Bay in the heart of the Port Stephens area early. You have some time to take lunch and stroll around the quaint crafts shops in the small village before we head out on a purpose built sailing catamaran in search of the whales.

The Humpback whales are renowned for their playfulness and acrobatics and hopefully they will put on a real show as they migrate south. Our comfortable boat has a large viewing deck, free tea and coffee, and a licensed bar to enjoy your time. We also keep an eagle eye out for some of the playful 150 bottlenose dolphins that live in the Port Stephens area and loads of other bird and sea life.

Once we get back a shore we head out in large 4WD vehicles from the golden sands of Stockton Beach to the enormous Anna Bay sand dunes where you can try you hand at crazy sand boarding down massive dunes on our purpose built boards. The only thing you need for this trip is a sense of adventure to throw yourselves off the cliff and a bit of determined energy to hike back up those sand dunes to do it all again!!!

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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If you are lucky enough to be in Sydney between June and October you would be crazy not to take this trip. It is one of those life defining moments getting this close to the kings of our planet. We simply can not rave enough about this experience.

Recent Independent Reviews

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    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.