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Things to do in New South Wales

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Port Stephens: Dolphin Watching Cruise & Boom Net Experience

1. Port Stephens: Dolphin Watching Cruise & Boom Net Experience

Take a cruise around magnificent Port Stephens Harbour on the biggest boat in the bay. Keep an eye out for the resident Bottlenose Dolphins as you head out on the water. Take in the sights of Tomaree and Yacaaba Headlands, Shoal Bay, Nelson Bay, and the Northern Harbour. Sit back and relax on the deck area, or if you feel like getting a bit wet, join in the boom net action. Slide down the Twist, Twirl, and Splash Waterslide attached to the boat, which whirls you into the boom net. Enjoy entertaining and informative commentary on board. If you feel like indulging in something a little different, there is a licensed bar on board that you can choose to purchase from. 

Dubbo: Taronga Western Plains Zoo 2-Day Entry Ticket

2. Dubbo: Taronga Western Plains Zoo 2-Day Entry Ticket

Have plenty of time to explore Taronga Western Plains Zoo with a 2-day entry ticket. Walk, drive, or ride around the zoo's 5-kilometer circuit and see its rare and endangered animals. Enjoy access to the Welcome Plaza to shop or relax during your visit. Explore the zoo at your own pace and see its 100s of animals including giraffes, rhinos, elephants, and big cats. Be sure to check out the daily keeper activities (included with your ticket), special tours, and animal encounters. Your tickets are valid for 2 consecutive days, giving you ample time to experience all that is on offer. The zoo's Welcome Plaza includes a shop, playground, and cafe overlooking the Savannah Lake and Primate Island, home to black-handed spider monkeys and ring-tailed lemurs.

Pokolbin: Hunter Valley Half-Day Tour with Cheese and Wine

3. Pokolbin: Hunter Valley Half-Day Tour with Cheese and Wine

Short on time in the Hunter Valley? Get on board for a morning tour of 3 boutique wineries on a half-day trip to try local wines and cheese. An ideal taste of what the Hunter Valley has to offer. Visit at least 3 unique wineries enjoying private tastings of their delicious wines. One of the wineries visited is Two Fat Blokes Gourmet Kitchen. Here you can indulge in their famous cheese and wine experience which matches 9 different kinds of cheese with 9 different wines. Keep your eyes on the horizon during your tour, the Hunter Valley is home to many Australian wildlife species, and there is a good chance to see kangaroos hopping amongst the vineyards. With fun and entertaining hosts who are passionate about wine, your half-day tour gives you a taste of the Hunter in a short amount of time.

Byron Bay: Sea Kayak Tour with Dolphins and Turtles

4. Byron Bay: Sea Kayak Tour with Dolphins and Turtles

Set out on a 2.5 hour kayaking adventure in Byron Bay. Receive instruction and equipment from your guide before you take in some of the best sights the East Coast has to offer. See the most Easterly Point of the Australian mainland and the Byron Bay Lighthouse from the sea. Learn about local history, aboriginal history, the lighthouse and the marine wildlife from your local guide while you paddle in your kayak around the famous Byron Bay marine reserve. If the opportunity arises, get up close and personal with friendly bottlenose dolphins and discover how inquisitive they can be. You can also look out for sea turtles as they come up for a breath of air and marvel at the size of the majestic humpback whales as they migrate through Byron Bay during June - October. Enjoy paddling your kayak out through the surf and later ride some of Australia's most famous waves. If you don't see a dolphin, turtle or whale you can paddle again with the tour operator free of charge.

Jervis Bay: 1.5-Hour Dolphin Cruise

5. Jervis Bay: 1.5-Hour Dolphin Cruise

Jervis Bay has been a Marine park for 18 years and is now one of the most unique and healthy ecosystems in Australia. That’s why the crystal clear waters of Jervis Bay and stunning unspoiled white sand beaches are home to over 100 bottlenose dolphins. Listen to the commentary about the history of Jervis Bay as you travel.  On this tour, you will have the privilege of watching these beautiful mammals. Discover pods of dolphins feeding around the reef systems, particularly Plantation Point and Callala. Sometimes they swim and race hundreds of meters to play on the bow. The Bottlenose dolphin is highly recognizable and known for its long snout and distinctive smile. Friendly and active, you will fall in love with them the moment that you lay eyes on them. 

Nelson Bay: Dolphins, Slides, and Spa Cruise

6. Nelson Bay: Dolphins, Slides, and Spa Cruise

Spend a magical 2 hours looking for dolphins off the coast of Nelson Bay and get some time to splash about in stunning blue water. Choose from a morning, afternoon or tea-time departure and be entertained by the informative commentary as you go on search of beautiful dolphins jumping through the ocean waves. Get stunning views of the harbor, including spectacular Tomaree and Yacaaba headlands. Relax on the deck with a stronger drink and snacks purchased at the licensed bar. Laugh your way around the harbor as you make use of the large boom net and water slide. Soak up your surroundings at the on-board salt water spa.

Jervis Bay: 2-Hour Cruise of Jervis Bay Passage

7. Jervis Bay: 2-Hour Cruise of Jervis Bay Passage

Take in the beautiful scenery of Jervis Bay from a unique perspective on the water. Cruise across the bay, look out for local bottlenose dolphins and enjoy the views of the long sandy beaches that are fringed by spectacular national parks. Cruise above the crystal clear water and admire the contrast with the rocky headlands and towering sea cliffs of Point Perpendicular. See the variety of local bird species and abundant marine life from the comfort of the boat.

Huskisson: Dolphin Cruise & Boom Netting Experience

8. Huskisson: Dolphin Cruise & Boom Netting Experience

Discover the Bottlenose dolphins that live in the pristine ecosystem of Jervis Bay. A protected marine park for 20 years, Jervis Bay is home to over 80 Bottlenose dolphins who love to frolic in its crystal-clear waters. Embark on a tour and search for the pods of these playful and friendly creatures. While on tour on the pristine waters, take part in the boom netting activity on board. As the boat cruises through the water, enjoy a fun jacuzzi-like experience as you sit in the boom net, sometimes surrounded by curious dolphins.

Sydney: Taronga Zoo Ticket with Return Ferry & Cable Car

9. Sydney: Taronga Zoo Ticket with Return Ferry & Cable Car

Pre-book your entrance ticket to the Taronga Zoo with access to Sky Safari Cable Car and meet hundreds of remarkable species of animals from around the world. Enjoy the benefit of a ferry return ticket from Darling Harbour, Circular Quay, or Watsons Bay. Nestled on the shores of one of the most beautiful harbors in the world, Taronga Zoo is just 12 minutes by ferry from Circular Quay and is home to over 4,000 animals. Explore the Australian native wildlife as well as rare and endangered exotic animals. See tigers, elephants, exotic birds, and many other species of animals. Spend a fun-filled day out with your family in one of the most famous attractions of Sydney. 

Port Stephens: Unlimited Sandboarding & 4WD Sand Dune Tour

10. Port Stephens: Unlimited Sandboarding & 4WD Sand Dune Tour

You have to experience sandboarding in Port Stephens. The thrill of sliding down the spectacular Stockton Sand Dunes is so much fun. From the meeting point at Birubi beach, you will board the custom-built off-road vehicle to start your adventure on the short, bouncy ride into the largest moving sand mass in the southern hemisphere. The dunes stretch 32 kilometers, the entire length of Stockton Beach, and can reach over 40 meters high, the same as a 10 storey building. The views alone are spectacular. Once you are in the dunes, the team will give you a rundown on sandboarding and how to use the handmade custom-designed boards for maximum safety and speed. Then you are off. Climb to the top of the dunes, jump on your board, then slide on down and repeat. Your ticket includes unlimited sandboarding so you can stay and play as long as you like. For most people that’s about 1 – 1.5 hours. When you're done just jump back aboard one of the 4WD buses, that leave every half an hour, and be taken back to the Birubi Beach starting point. It’s an amazing experience for everyone, no matter your age. The instructors are always on hand to help, answer any questions about sandboarding, Port Stephens or the dunes and to make sure you have maximum fun. Don’t forget to bring your camera along as you’ll have the chance to capture some amazing Port Stephens holiday snaps.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 15,018 reviews

Absolutely brilliant! Even my teenagers loved it. Beautiful boat and lovely food. The host had lots of historical information about the boat and Sydney. Sailing past the Opera house and under the Harbour Bridge was breathtaking. We all agreed that it was our favourite activity in Sydney and we had a great time wandering through The Rocks area once we got off the boat. Couldn’t have been a better way to spend an evening.

Thoroughly enjoyed our Hunter Valley day out from Sydney. It was very organised from the start. We had Mark as the driver who was very informative, friendly and helpful. Included in our tour was a chocolate and wine pairing, a cheese and wine pairing, other tastings and talks and also a lunch which I would consider a dinner as it was huge! Very nice. Would recommend

Loved the ferry ride across (despite the windy day we had). Zoo was awesome and the ride back on the ferry was a nice way to finish off. Just wished we had the chance to experience the sky safari (again, the windy day meant this was closed).

Lovely views, great animal enclosures. Really get the sense that animals are well looked after. Enjoyed the walk up the hill.

The guide tried very hard to keep us entertained despite the miserable weather and poor visibility. He did it!