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Port Stephens Dolphin Discovery Cruise with 1 hour Sandboarding Shuttle

  • Port Stephens
  • English
  • Flexible, up to a full day
  • Free Cancellation

Standard Inclusions

  • 1. Dolphin discovery cruise (1.5 hours)
  • 2. Complimentary morning or afternoon tea
  • 3. Boom-net rides
  • 4. Informative commentary
  • 5. Sandboarding (1 hour)
  • 6. 4WD shuttle to sandboarding dunes
  • 7. Sandboarding equipment
  • 8. Sandboarding instruction
From AUD
$55.30

1 Key Facts

Included

  • 1. Dolphin discovery cruise (1.5 hours)
  • 2. Complimentary morning or afternoon tea
  • 3. Boom-net rides
  • 4. Informative commentary
  • 5. Sandboarding (1 hour)
  • 6. 4WD shuttle to sandboarding dunes
  • 7. Sandboarding equipment
  • 8. Sandboarding instruction

Not included

  • 1. Transport from/to hotels
  • 2. Transfers between activities.
  • 3. Food & beverages not listed as Inclusions
  • 4. Souvenirs
  • 5. Travel Insurance
Destination Port Stephens
Depature point 【Dolphin Discovery Cruise】
● Departs: daily*, all year round
* Tour does not run on Christmas Day (25 December)
● Departure Point: D'Albora Marina, Dock C (Address: 6 Teramby Road, Nelson Bay, NSW 2315)
● Departure Time: 10:30, 13:30, 15:30^
● Arrival Time: 12:00, 15:00, 17:00^
^Summer months from December to April Only

【Sandboarding Shuttle】
● Departs: daily*, all year round
* Tour does not run on Christmas Day (25 December)
● Departure Point: Lower car park at the end of James Paterson Street (Address: James Paterson St, Anna Bay, NSW 2316)
● Departure Time^: 09:30, 10:00, 10:30, 11:00, 11:30, 12:00, 12:30, 13:00, 13:30, 14:00, 14:30, 15:00, 15:30
^Departure times are reference only and subject to availability.
● Arrival Time: Last 4WD returning at 16:30
How to get there 【Dolphin Discovery Cruise】
● By Train
From Sydney: Get off at the Hamilton Station stop then walk to the bus station on Maitland Road, then catch the bus to Nelson Bay Donald St before Stockton St Bus Stop, walk down Stockton Street to D'Albora Marina.

Please check the Transport NSW timetables (https://transportnsw.info/) for more details to plan your trip.

● By Car
-D'Albora Marina, Nelson Bay (up to 4 hours paid parking between the hours 8:30-16:30).
-Victoria Parade, Nelson Bay (limited up to 8 hours paid parking).
*Parking fees apply.

【Sandboarding Shuttle】
● By Bus
From Newcastle: Catch Route 130 (Newcastle to Fingal Bay), get off at the Yellow 4WD Bus stop Anna Bay.

Please check the Transport NSW timetables (https://transportnsw.info/) for more details to plan your trip.

● By Car
Anna Bay Lower Car Park (James Paterson St, Anna Bay NSW 2316)
*Parking fees apply.
Operating hours
Dolphin Discovery Cruise 10:30 - 12:00 Boarding Time 10:00
Dolphin Discovery Cruise 13:30 - 15:00 Boarding Time 13:00
Dolphin Discovery Cruise During Summer Months (December - Mid April) 15:30 - 17:00 Boarding Time 15:00
Sandborading (Daily) 09:30-15:30 Last 4WD shuttle returning at 16:30
Christmas Day (25 December) Closed
Check-in requirements 【 Dolphin Discovery Cruise】
Please arrive at the boarding terminal 30 minutes prior to the departure time to exchange for ticket/boarding pass. Failure to arrive before this time will most likely be classified as no-show and result in forfeiting the booking and it cannot be refunded or transferred.

【Sandboarding Shuttle】
Please ensure you arrive at the departure point 30 minutes before your scheduled departure time to allow enough time to check in. Passengers that fail to arrive before this time may be classed as no-show.

⚠ There is a 15 minutes drive between the two activities. Please make your own way to each Departure Point, no transfer service included.

If you are not familiar with the area or travelling on a weekend or local public holidays / school holidays, please make sure you've checked your timetable or driving route beforehand, and allow extra travelling time for unexpected delays to ensure you do not miss your check in
What to bring/wear 【Whale Watch Cruise】
● Motion-sickness medicine (if required)
● Cruise dressing code: smart casual
● Swimwear, towel

【Sandboarding】
● No skirt allowed
● Comfortable shoes, however the sandboarding is better bare footed

【General】
● Protective clothing, hat, sunscreen lotion, and sunglasses
● Appropriate clothing for all weather conditions, eg. jacket for cooler months.
● Camera (waterproof)
● Money/credit card for optional purchases
● Water bottle, Snacks
Other info ● Customers need to make own way between two activities. It takes approximately 15 minutes to drive from one to the other.

【Dolphin Discovery Cruise】
● Please note dolphins and whales are wild animals and the Service Provider can not guarantee sightings; If this is the case on the day you travel valid tickets on a cruise that do not sight whales (on a whale watch cruise) or dolphins (on a dolphin watch cruise) will be issued free of charge return voucher. This voucher is issued on a stand by basis. The return voucher is only valid for the person named on the voucher and are non-transferable. Identification can be requested when returning with your voucher. Sometimes passengers can’t take up the free return voucher for whatever reason, but the Cruise team does everything they can to locate whales or dolphins. The Service Provider does not provide refunds.

● Smoking is not permitted
As per the NSW Smoke Free Environment Act 2000 and the Smoke Free Environment Regulation 2016, smoking is not permitted on any of our vessels at any time. From 1 July 2018, under the Smoke-free Environment Act 2000 and the Passenger Transport(General) Regulation 2017, people cannot use e-cigarettes in smoke-free areas

【Sandboarding Shuttle】
● 4WD Tours are not recommended for pregnant women
● Standing up on the sand boards is not allowed.
● Sandboarding Tours operate rain, hail or shine.
● On arrival, a disclaimer must be signed for by everyone over the age of 18, parents/guardian must sign for participants under the age of 18

2 Overview

Cruise the Port Stephens Harbour for 1.5 hours on your dolphin watch cruise (99% sighting rate, boomnet rides, morning or afternoon tea and full commentary).

THEN ... Venture onto the Stockton Bight Sand Dunes by a purpose built 4WD (look for the red buses), transporting you to 40-50m high sand dunes where boards, instruction and supervision are provided by the staff members ... your ultimate adventure!

Port Stephens Dolphin Discovery Cruise with 1 hour Sandboarding Shuttle

 

Port Stephens' Dolphins

Port Stephens' dolphins are not fed or induced in any way to come to the boats. They do it out of curiosity. If they are not in the mood, they just swim away. When contact is made with the dolphins, there is always excitement. People rush to the sides and bow of the boat. Dolphins love to ride a boat's bow-wave as the pressure wave at the front of a boat gives them a boost. They dive, weave, kick and splash giving everyone a good chance to look at them. Dolphins love to ride a boat's bow-wave. The pressure wave at the front of a boat gives them a boost. They dive, weave, kick and splash. This gives people a good chance to look at them.

 

Dolphin Discovery Cruise Highlights

*Subject to change without notice

  • See the world famous resident wild Bottlenose dolphins
  • Exciting boom-net rides
  • Expansive open decks or covered all weather indoor viewing
  • Complimentary morning or afternoon tea
  • Live, informative, fun Captain's Commentary

 

Port Stephens 4WD Sandboarding Shuttle

Friendly and professional staff will take you on an exciting 4WD adventure up into the largest moving coastal sand dunes in the Southern hemisphere in the exclusive air-conditioned off-road 4WD vehicles. On arrival at the sandboarding location, you will be met by the professional and friendly staff, who will instruct on how to sand board and answer any questions. The first priority is your safety and to ensure the sandboarding adventure will be a joyful memory not to be forgotten.

 

Schedules

*Subject to change without notice

  • If take the 10:30 cruise, you can go sanding boarding at 13:00, 13:30, 14:00, 14:30, 15:00, or 15:30
  • If take the 13:30 cruise, you can go sanding boarding at 09:30, 10:00, 10:30, 11:00, or 11:30
  • if take the 15:30 cruise, you can go sanding boarding at 09:30, 10:00, 10:30, 11:00, 11:30, 12:00, 12:30, 13:00, or 13:30
  • Once at the sand dunes, you can sandboard for as long as you like and then take the next available shuttle back to the departure point. *Last 4WD shuttle returning at 16:30.

 

3 Policy

Cancellation Policy

● If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. ● If you cancel between 0 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee. ● If no show, no refund.

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