Port Stephens Whale Cruise and Dunes Package | New South Wales

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Option Prices

  • 10:00 cruise
  • 13:30 cruise
  • Meals Optional
Adult (15+ yrs) - 10:00 whale cruise + Dune afternoon
Child (4-14yrs) - 10:00 whale cruise + Dune afternoon
Infant (0-4 yrs) - 10:00 whale cruise + Dune afternoon
Adult (15+ yrs) - Dune morning + 13:30 whale cruise
Child (4-14yrs) - Dune morning + 13:30 whale cruise
Infant (0-4 yrs) - Dune morning + 13:30 whale cruise
Morning/Afternoon Tea Option 1: Tea or Coffee (instant) & biscuits
Morning/Afternoon Tea Option 2: Tea or Coffee (instant) Piece of cake and cookie
Morning/Afternoon Tea Option 3: Tea or Coffee (instant) Devonshire Tea 1 x scone, jam & cream pp

Tour Information

For tour meeting point and time, please take the tour vouchers as the final confirmation. The meeting point and time in the tour info are only for reference.

Whale Cruise

  • Duration : 2.5 Hours for Whale Watching cruise 
  • Times: Departs daily at 10:00am & 1:30pm all year round (May to November Daily)

Join Moonshadow TQC onboard our 2.5hr Whale Watching cruise venturing out to the ‘Humpback highway’ during the northern Whale migration during May-November.

You will never forget seeing the awesome bulk of a humpback whale, up to 18 metres long and weighing 40 tonnes! Being the most surface active of all the whales, it is possible that you will see spectacular displays – spy hops, pectoral slaps, body rolls and … the breathtaking breach. Enjoy entertaining and informative commentary and the cruise includes bonus dolphin and outer island cruising – two cruises for the price of one! With great viewing decks (both inside and outside), you can be sure you are getting the best view of these friendly giants. A fully licensed bar is available on board for beverages, and snacks.

Port Stephens enjoys the most excellent whale season and the mighty Hinchinbrook Explorer catamaran will help you enjoy this! With approximately 2.5 hours out on the water, you are sure to enjoy a beautiful experience of whale watching and wildlife sightings!

Cruise out past Tomaree and Yacaaba headlands in search of the majestic Humpback whales as they migrate close by Port Stephens. You won’t forget the sight of a 40-tonne whale propelling itself skyward and crashing back into the ocean. Being the most surface active of all the whales, it is highly likely that you will see spectacular displays - spyhops, pectoral slaps, body rolls and ... the breathtaking breach.

Cruise to the Outer Islands with the chance of also seeing huge pods of oceanic dolphins (100 to a pod), offshore sea birds and other species of whale including pilot, minke and brydes. This 30 meters (100 feet) in length catamaran provides you with a very comfortable and safe journey. It has full walk around decks for viewing and large air conditioned indoor areas. Enjoy tea and coffee, and entertaining and informative commentary.

  • You will never forget seeing the awesome bulk of a Humpback Whale Spectacular possible displays of spy hops, pectoral slaps, body rolls and the breathtaking breach!
  • Licensed Bar and snack food available to purchase
  • Inside and outside viewing decks from the largest whale watch vessel
  • Informative and entertaining commentary from our Captains.
  • Learn about our beautiful area, whales, dolphins and wildlife.

Dunes and Sandboarding

  • Duration : 1 Hours for 4WD Tours and Ultimate sandboard experience
  • Times: Every half hour from 9:30am

Our 4WD buses will transport you up into the high dunes. We will teach you how to safely sandboard on the largest coastal sand dune system in the Southern hemisphere.

Our first priority is your safety and to ensure your sandboarding adventure will be a joyful memory not to be forgotten.

Not only do we offer a fun, exciting and safe family orientated sand boarding adventures (our most popular activity!) on top of the highest dunes, but we also offer beach and dune tours to Tin City, and educational tours for school students.

Port Stephens 4WD Tours are a fully accredited 4WD tour operator and our staff are passionate about showcasing the Stockton Sand Dunes to everyone!

All vehicles are accomodated by a friendly driver who is qualified and complies with Ministry of Transport requirements. The driver holds a Senior First Aid certificate, and has endless knowledge and experience with the sand dune ecosystem at Stockton Beach.

  • Join 4WD Tours R Us for the Ultimate sandboard experience
  • Board a custom-built off-road vehicle for the short ride into the largest moving sand
  • mass in the southern hemisphere Once in the dunes we will you give the rundown on sandboarding on our handmade custom designed boards for maximum speed (& safety)
  • Climb to the top of the dunes, jump on your sandboard, slide down, then repeat!
  • Our instructors are on hand to answer any questions about the Stockton Sand Dunes.
  • Our 4WD buses will then take your group back to the Birubi Beach starting point

Reference for Onboard Meals (Please indicate your choices when placing an order if necessary)


OPTION 1. $5.00 PP - Tea or Coffee (instant) & biscuits

OPTION 2. $7.50 PP - Tea or Coffee (instant) Piece of cake and cookie

OPTION 3. $10.00 PP - Tea or Coffee (instant) Devonshire Tea 1 x scone, jam & cream pp

  • Choice of one option must be requested at time of booking in addition to your selected cruise Lunch will be served while the vessel docks at the marina.

Tour Inclusions

Whale Watching Cruise

  • Whale watching cruise
  • Cruise spectacular headlands and eastern harbour
  • See our resident wild Bottlenose dolphins

Dunes and Sandboarding

  • Complimentary water for all guests
  • Tour Guide ready to meet and greet all passengers
  • Sandboards provided (Only for Sandboarding combo*)
  • Supervision and instruction for the duration of your sandboarding tour
  • Enjoy your drive up into the high dunes in our fully air-conditioned buses

Tour Exclusions

  • Insurance
  • Transportation
  • Other expenses not mentioned
  • Excluding meals, please refer to the menu and specify your choices when placing an order if needed.


Whale Watching Cruise

  • Boarding commences 15-30 minutes prior to cruise departure
  • Location: d'Albora Marina, Nelson Bay NSW 2315 - please check your booking confirmation for Vessel departure point

Dunes and Sandboarding


Port Stephens 4WD Tours depart from the lower car park at the end of James Paterson Street, Anna Bay 2316, you can enter “Port Stephens 4WD Tours” into Google Maps. Our booking office is located at Shop 3/35 Stockton Street, Nelson Bay 2315. For more information, please visit Departure Info below,

  • Depart Newcastle via Tourle St, Mayfield West and follow the Signs to Nelson Bay
  • Drive over Tourle St bridge and continue along Cormorant Rd, Kooragang
  • At the roundabout – take the first exit left into Teal Street Kooragang – Signs to Nelson Bay
  • Drive over the bridge at the Hunter River and continue along Nelson Bay Road for approximately 37kms.
  • At the roundabout take the second exit Gan Gan Road Anna Bay for approx 1km.
  • Turn right into James Patterson Street Anna Bay (James Patterson Street has speed hump all the way to the end)
  • Continue to travel to the end of James Patterson Street down to the lower Car Park (The lower Car Park is at the beginning of the dunes where the concrete Pyramids are)


  • All per person prices quoted are in Australian dollars and valid from 1st April 2023 to 31st March 2024.
  • 4 -14 years are classed as children, and under 4 free, i.e. 3 or below.
  • Family fare – maximum of 2 adults and 2 children of the same family. Normal fare applies for additional children. Not applicable with any other discount.
  • NOTE - These combo rates reflect an additional NSW National Parks And Wildlife Services fee set to be introduced to all Sand Dune operators from the 1st July 2023. Please understand these additional fees are set by the NSW Government and not the operators.

What to Bring

Dolphing cruise
  • Comfortable casual clothing & footwear
  • Sunglasses, hat & sun cream are recommended
  • Camera
  • Dress warmer for winter months
  • If you or any member of your party experience or feel they may experience motion sickness, we highly recommend consulting your pharmacist regarding seasickness medication.
Dunes and Sandboarding
  • Casual clothing (no skirts!)
  • Hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses
  • Shoes (however, sandboarding is better barefoot)
  • Water

Cancellation Policy

Please refer to: Terms and Conditions

NOTE: FIT TRAVEL would adopt suppliers' cancellation policy. Cancellation fees, if any by the suppliers, will be charged according to the supppliers' cancellation policy ( FIT TRAVEL does not charge additional cancellation fees ).
With this specific product's cancellation policy, the suppliers reserve the right of final interpretation.


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