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Port Stephens: Worimi Sand Dune Quad Bike Adventure

1. 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. 

Byron Bay: Sea Kayak Tour with Dolphins and Turtles

2. 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.

Port Stephens: Unlimited Sandboarding & 4WD Sand Dune Tour

3. 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.

Port Stephens Dolphin Discovery Cruise & Boom Net Experience

4. Port Stephens Dolphin Discovery 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. 

Jervis Bay: 2-Hour Whale Watching Cruise

5. Jervis Bay: 2-Hour Whale Watching Cruise

Enjoy the rare opportunity to witness migrating humpback whales on this 2-hour whale watching cruise. Cruise across the immaculate Jervis Bay on a sunny winter’s day. Watch the migration of these incredible animals, set against rugged cliffs and ancient sea caves. On the northern migration, sport whales within a mile or so off the dramatic cliffs on Jervis Bay’s peninsula. During the southern migration, view mothers and their newborn calves coming to rest in Jervis Bay's sheltered waters. Enjoy historical commentary on Jervis Bay and learn about the migrating humpback whales. On the return journey, see the 100-meter cliffs of Point Perpendicular. See some of the whitest sand in the world and the crystal blue water.

Blue Mountains Hop on Hop off & Scenic World Rides Pass

6. Blue Mountains Hop on Hop off & Scenic World Rides Pass

With this full-day combination package you’ll discover the best the Blue Mountains area has to offer. The Blue Mountains Explorer Bus makes it possible to plan the day according to your interests, with departures every 30 minutes through most of the day. Hop off and back on at any of the 29 stops throughout the region, visiting waterfalls, galleries, gardens, eateries and the major attractions of The 3 Sisters and Scenic World. At Scenic World, ride the world's steepest Scenic Railway down into the valley and then walk along the Scenic Walkway. Board the Scenic Cableway up out of the valley. Glide above ancient ravines and waterfalls on the Scenic Skyway, enjoying spectacular views. Extra value additions with this Pass: 40% Discount on entry to Blue Mountains Cultural Centre exhibition A free glass of wine, beer or coffee with every meal at Leura Garage or Palett Dining 10% off all treatments at Ubika Day Spa at Fairmont Resort & Spa Leura 10% discount on full priced chocolates at Blue Mountains Chocolate Company Katoomba A free coffee with a dessert or meal at The Gingerbread House Katoomba 10% off accommodation at Blue Mountains YHA & Equeva Group Hotels

Yarra Valley: Full-Day Gourmet Tour with Lunch

7. Yarra Valley: Full-Day Gourmet Tour with Lunch

Discover some of the Yarra Valley's top wineries by bus to sample delectable local wines and food. Taste a range of fresh local juices, savor quality wines at three wineries, tuck into a delicious local lunch, and top everything off with a visit to a chocolaterie for a sweet finish. Begin your full-day gourmet tour of the Yarra Valley with an exclusive farm gate visit to Yarra Farm Fresh, for a palate-cleansing fruit tasting experience. Sample a range of freshly made juices and other locally made products. Next, travel to one of the valley’s iconic wineries, Balgownie Estate, to enjoy a tasting from their extensive range of quality wines. Learn how to swirl and sniff like true connoisseurs, while sampling some of the very finest cool-climate wines. At the Yarra Valley Dairy the amazing products will truly melt in your mouth. The cheeses here are stunning and have your taste buds working overtime! Stop for lunch at the fabulous Rochford Wines and choose from four different main meals, with a glass of wine, tea, or coffee. Take some time to explore the gift shop, or perhaps climb the spiral staircase to enjoy the panoramic views from Rochford’s famous lookout tower. After lunch, make your way to one of Australia’s great wineries and member of the Australian Tourism Hall of Fame, Yering Station. Home of Victoria’s oldest vineyards, first planted in 1838, the wines here are of exceptional quality and a tasting here is not to be missed. The final destination is the amazing Yarra Valley Chocolaterie. Here, enjoy a complimentary tasting of the spectacular delights handcrafted by the chocolaterie’s French and Belgian chocolatiers.

Byron Bay: Sea Turtle Snorkel Tour in Julian Rocks Reserve

8. Byron Bay: Sea Turtle Snorkel Tour in Julian Rocks Reserve

Head out to sea on a fun snorkel tour around the unique Julian Rocks Marine Reserve, as it combines the marine life found in the deep Southern Ocean as well as that found in the tropical waters of the Great Barrier Reef. Arrive at the Byron Bay Dive Centre either at your scheduled departure time or, if you’d like a free snorkel lesson, arrive 30 minutes before departure to practice in the heated pool. All tour participants must be able to swim to participate in this tour. Receive a short safety briefing before heading out to the Julian Rocks Marine Reserve. Journey to The Pass, about a 10-minute ride, and learn about this snorkeling spot. Get in the water for a 1-hour swim. Spot underwater creatures such as small wobbegong sharks, hard and soft corals, an assortment of rays, and three different kinds of sea turtles. Look for more than 400 different species of fish that make this area their home, and ask any questions you may have to the qualified dive staff. Head back to shore for a hot shower and some time spent with the crew identifying the creatures you saw.

Blue Mountains Explorer Bus: 1-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

9. Blue Mountains Explorer Bus: 1-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

The Blue Mountains Explorer Bus gives you the flexibility to plan your day according to your interests. The full-day pass has no restrictions – simply hop-on and hop-off as you please. This means you can plan your day around all the major attractions on offer in the region. Buses depart Katoomba every hour from 9 AM. The hop-on hop-off bus tour has 37 stops around Leura and Katoomba. Plan your day at your own pace with the option of visiting the waterfalls, attractions, galleries, gardens, bushwalks, cafes, and restaurants in the area as well as the major attractions of the Three Sisters and Katoomba Scenic World.

Sydney Harbour: Tall Ship Afternoon Cruise

10. Sydney Harbour: Tall Ship Afternoon Cruise

Hop on a tall ship and discover the sights and sounds of Sydney on a unique historic-meets- modern harbor cruise. Sail past the Opera House and Fort Denison, as well as under Harbour Bridge, as you enjoy a 90-minute sailing experience on board the 1850s style wooden tall ship. Get involved and make the most of this interactive, unique cruise. Try your hand at steering, or help with the sails. If you'd like to heave on a rope, you can. Otherwise, simply sit back, relax, and enjoy the entertainment provided by your friendly crew. You will get to hear some of Sydney’s rich history and tales of Sydney’s only authentic timber tall ships. You will feel like you are being transported back to days gone by, and will be able to say you know what it was like for the sailors of yesteryear. Make sure to bring your camera to capture the best of Sydney Harbour. And expect to be the subject of many a happy snapping tourist, delighted at the sight of your tall ship in Sydney Harbour.

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Big thank you and shout out to Aaron for being the most hospitable and jovial tour guide! Thoroughly enjoyed the Yarra Valley food-wine tour and have already reccommended it to others! Great itinerary that gives you a taste of the best and makes the most of the day but Aaron really went out of his way to add to the experience through his knowledgable, accommodating, funny and caring service. The tour destinations were all so well organised and facilitated - lunch at Rochford was a standout… AMAZING!!!! Aaron made the best recc for the beef. Seafood linguine also delish. The education provided at Yering was the most ive ever learnt about wine and winetasting (and very good wine). We were spoilt with the most gloriously perfect weather which was a huge bonus (and lovely/fun tour companions - i think there were about 20 of us) - but anyone would love this tour either way so dont let the weather deter you.

A fantastic tour and very knowledgeable guides! A truly unique way to experience the stunning Blue Mountains…the guides obviously loved and cared for the area very much and made us feel very welcome. We got to areas and lookouts that we never would have by ourselves and it was fun sitting in the back of the Australian Army Land Rover…blankets were provided! Thanks guys for a really memorable day !! We’ll be back!

Excellent itinerary, good coach drive with not long between venues, great tastings, great tour guide driver Sheridyn. Awesome day out at Yarra Valley.

Fantastic Tour! Jon was brilliant! Would definitely do this tour again.

Great day out. Tour guide was fantastic. And lunch was superb.