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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. 

Port Stephens: Worimi Sand Dune Quad Bike Adventure

2. Port Stephens: Worimi Sand Dune Quad Bike Adventure

Experience the thrill of riding a high-quality ATV through the Worimi Sand Dunes on this tour from Port Stephens. Cruise at high speeds over seaside grasslands and feel the challenge of tackling towering sand dunes.  Meet your guide in Williamtown and listen as you are provided with a tutorial on how to confidently operate your bike. Follow your guide on a high-octane ride over maintained tracks through coastal grasslands to get to the dunes.  Travel over more and more challenging sand dunes. Enjoy privacy as your ride as the local tour provider has exclusive access to the highest sand dunes on Stockton Beach.  Climb large sand dunes that are 12-30 meters high. Take a tour that is tailored to meet your needs and experience level. Have the option to add sandboarding to your tour. 

Hunter Valley: Uncork the Hunter Full-Day Wine Tour

3. Hunter Valley: Uncork the Hunter Full-Day Wine Tour

Uncork unexpected and unique experiences on a tour of Australia's Hunter Valley. Your 7-hour tour includes multiple wine tastings, a cheese and wine masterclass, a mystery wine experience, chocolate and wine pairings, a generous lunch, a glass of wine, and a tour of a working brewery. Go off the beaten track with your small group and find great Hunter wines that exist beyond the shelves of a bottle shop. Don’t expect to go on the path well-traveled—it’s too busy there, and there’s no room for surprises.   Speaking of surprises, did the mystery wine experience catch your eye? Your tour includes a unique wine encounter that is not available to your average walk-in wine-taster. The mystery wine experience is designed to build your wine knowledge while getting you involved, having a few laughs, and teaching you what makes Hunter Valley wine unique.   Your best day ever wouldn’t be complete without the dream weavers: knowledgeable guides are a huge part of what makes your day unforgettable. They’re passionate locals who love their wine and the Hunter Valley. So, are you ready for the best day ever?

Newcastle: True Crime Guided Walking Tour

4. Newcastle: True Crime Guided Walking Tour

Take a stroll through one of Australia's oldest settlements and uncover a city with a disturbing criminal past. Perfect for history buffs or lovers of true crime, your guide will engross you with tales of famous crimes that unfolded right where you stand. The tour takes you to iconic sites in the Newcastle East area including the Convict Lumberyard, the original Newcastle gaol site, the cathedral as well as the best scenic views that Newcastle has to offer. You'll walk down hidden laneways and discover iconic nooks as you attempt to put together the facts for yourself. Each waypoint will include a retelling of the mysteries that lie beneath your feet. These are the stories that the city tried to forget.

Cheeses of the World Masterclass

5. Cheeses of the World Masterclass

Tour your taste buds around the globe with a mouth-watering hour spent tasting 9 world-famous cheeses and small goods, matched with 9 outstanding Hunter Valley wines and a whole lot of laughs with your fun guide. Learn how to select any cheese to match certain varieties of wine. Find out why a Hunter Valley Semillon can be a match made in heaven when served with one cheese but a disaster when matched with another. Cheese lovers have been raving about this experience for years - it is a great way to do a wine tasting with a difference and will become the highlight of your trip.

Newcastle: Half-Day Bike Tour with Food and Drink Tastings

6. Newcastle: Half-Day Bike Tour with Food and Drink Tastings

The name says it all, this select half day tour you will discover the best Newy has to offer. Guests take in the major sights of Nobbys Beach and surrounds, continuing along the harbour to discover Newcastle's street-art scene before heading to the suburbs. This is a premium tour inclusive of food and beverage tasting throughout. Next the group 'goes local', peeling back a layer of Newcastle's history, sampling some of the cities finest produce. At each stop riders will learn about how it makes up the essence of Newcastle, contributing to the fabric of this great coastal city. Riders can expect: - A welcome drink sampling local produce - An intro to Newcastle visiting Nobbys Beach and Macquarie Pier - Ride the the harbourside foreshore on 100% bike paths - See the changing face of Newcastle at Museum Park, where old meets new architecture complete with public street art - Ride into the suburbs to visit a local distillery / brewery and sampling their products - Discover a side of Newcastle's industrial history in the suburbs - Enjoy a hearty BBQ lunch in one of Newcastle's best kept secret foodie institutions Some things may change from time-to-time pending weather conditions, venue operations and ad hoc events not to be missed.

Port Stephens: Stockton Sand Dunes 4WD Tag-Along Tour

7. Port Stephens: Stockton Sand Dunes 4WD Tag-Along Tour

Join a 4WD tour around the Tomaree National Park and Stockton Sand Dunes. Learn how to safely drive your vehicle in the sandy terrains and follow behind experienced guides to discover hidden places in Port Stephens that are loved by locals. Visit Tomoree National Park and see a spectacular collection of nature’s finest work. See unique natural settings filled with wildflowers and look over to the ocean to spot whales passing close to shore in the winter months. Also, keep your eye out for a Koala high in the trees. Experience driving across pristine beaches, Samurai, Little Rockys, Birubi, and the famous Stockton Sand Dunes. Here, sandboard down on some of its best dunes while enjoying the 360-degree views from the very top of the dunes.

Nelson Bay: Dolphins, Slides, and Spa Cruise

8. 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.

Newcastle: Tandem Beach Skydive

9. Newcastle: Tandem Beach Skydive

Skydive at Newcastle’s closest beach for the ultimate adrenalin rush. Drop from a height of up to 15,000 feet and freefall at over 200 km/hr for up to an insane 60 seconds. Float under canopy over Newcastle for 5 - 7 minutes soaking up spectacular beach and city views. Enjoy the skydiving experience of a lifetime and step outside your comfort zone. Push your boundaries with the friendly skydiving crew and create special memories.

From Newcastle: Hunter Valley Beer & Wine Small Group Tour

10. From Newcastle: Hunter Valley Beer & Wine Small Group Tour

Travel from Newcastle and go on guided tours of popular breweries and award-winning wineries in Hunter Valley. Enjoy beer and wine tastings, a full lunch, and the comfort of traveling in a small group. Begin your full-day tour with a convenient pickup from central Sydney and admire the picturesque surroundings as you drive in Hunter Valley, Australia’s first wine region. Go on guided tours inside the production houses, see behind the scenes, and learn how beer and wine are made. Get to know the local producers and discover the taste of a region famous for its beautiful wines, hand-crafted beers, and refreshing ciders. Take a break from all the sightseeing and take in the Valley’s charm with a relaxing lunch with a wine, craft beer, or cider.

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I would not hestitate to recommend this tour, we booked for a Thursday and there was 6 of us. Our driver Bill was a wealth of knowledge and we learnt so much from him during the day. We visted one of their new partners, the Wine Lab at the end of the day and thought this visit could have been put in a bit earlier, Nathan was very informative and showed us his operation, he also has beers to sample. Lunch was a selection of gourmet meats, cheeses, bread, biscuits, fruit, banana bread etc all in a box to share between two with a complementry glass of wine. Overall a fantastic day.

We had an fantastic time with Bruce on tour. We learnt lots while having heaps of fun. The Sanddunes are amazing. There is no better way to see and enjoy them, then with Bruce. The whole family had a ball. Highly recommend.

Violet and Aidan were great hosts, very pleasant, knowledgeable and all that! The tour was a really good insight into Newcastle’s history. A great way to get in some exercise too!

Amazing time spent on sand dune, there are a few professionals following you so it will be a great experience for first time quad bikers. They are really nice and helpful as well!

Great variety of wineries and driver was fantastic made for a very enjoyable day