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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. 

Newcastle: True Crime Guided Walking Tour

2. 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.

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?

Cheeses of the World Masterclass

4. 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.

Encounter Humpback Whales Along the Newcastle Coast!

5. Encounter Humpback Whales Along the Newcastle Coast!

Humpback Whale numbers have been increasing at a rate of over 10% each year, with more than 35,000 individuals passing the coast in 2017. Adult Humpback Whales grow to 14 – 18 metres in length and can weigh up to 50 tonnes. While Humpback calves are born at 2 tonnes - now that's a big baby! Humpback Whales are some of the most inquisitive and interactive species out of all marine mammals. These spectacular whales make exceptionally long journeys from the Antarctic to the warm safe waters south of the equator each year. This tour provides you with the best experience possible. Come and witness these amazing animals up close on a brand-new adventure boat, Atmos! Tours Depart from Harbour Square Boat Dock, along the Honeysuckle Foreshore.These whale watching practices have been designed in line with the Australian National Guidelines for Whale and Dolphin Watching 2017 and the Biodiversity Conservation Regulation 2017.

Newcastle: Hunter Valley Wine, Gin, Cheese & Chocolate Tour

6. Newcastle: Hunter Valley Wine, Gin, Cheese & Chocolate Tour

Try some of Australia's best wine, food, cheese, chocolate, beers and spirits on this tour of the Hunter Valley. After pickup from Newcastle, you'll visit 3 local boutique wineries and a distillery, with a guided tasting at each stop. At some venues, chocolates and local cheeses will be brought to match the wine, and keep your tastebuds exploring the flavours of Australia's first wine region. In addition to all the beautiful wines and handcrafted produce, you will also enjoy a relaxed one-course lunch with a wine, beer or cider to wash it down. You'll have ample opportunity to take in the valley’s charm. At the end of the tour, you will be dropped back to Newcastle.

Newcastle: Harbor and Coast 2.5-Hour Sightseeing Cruise

7. Newcastle: Harbor and Coast 2.5-Hour Sightseeing Cruise

Experience the breathtaking coastal scenery of Newcastle on a 2.5-hour eco cruise. See pods of dolphins, seabirds, turtles and more. Enjoy 360-degree views as you cruise in a custom-built rigid inflatable. Be captivated by the marine life and beautiful landscape of coal seams, volcanic rocks, and sedimentary cliffs, including important Aboriginal sites. Travel down the Hunter Coast, passing Caves Beach and Catherine Hill Bay. See unique views of Newcastle Harbor, World War Two coastal forts, and world-renowned surfing beaches. Pass ANZAC Memorial Walk, the Bogey Hole, Glenrock Lagoon, Redhead Shark Watchtower and hidden gems Moon Island, Pinney's Headland and Shark Bay. 

Newcastle Hidden Gems + Pub Walk with Tastings

8. Newcastle Hidden Gems + Pub Walk with Tastings

The Newcastle small bar scene is thriving and now is your time to discover it! Explore the character and unique atmosphere that each of Newcastle’s small bars have to offer. This pub walk is a 3 hour trip that is not to missed in Newcastle. The tour takes you to all of Newcastle’s hidden gems from small bars to breweries. More than a pub crawl, think of our day trips as a progressive lunch with healthy dose of local history. The tour involves learning about the history of beer, how beer is made, different beer styles and how to match beer and food. We blend this with the history of our city, told to you by your very own local guide. When it comes to things to do in Newcastle, this tour is not to be missed. You get priority seating, custom menus, priority service, meet and greet with the owner, brewery tours, tasting notes and so much more.  

From Newcastle: Hunter Valley Brewery Tour with Lunch

9. From Newcastle: Hunter Valley Brewery Tour with Lunch

The Hunter Valley Brewery Tour takes you on a day exploring three great craft breweries in the Hunter Valley. The tour includes transportation, lunch, and plenty of fresh craft beer and cider. Hope Estate: Already famous for its wines and providing a spectacular venue for world-class concerts within the vineyards,  in 2014 Hope Estate made a foray into the world of beer brewing. Hosting major performers such as Bruce Springsteen, the inspiration behind their beers stems from their passion to create the perfectly matched craft beer and concert experience.  With up to 12 different beers on tap, Hope Brewhouse has a variety of award-winning beers to be sampled while taking in the beautiful Hunter Valley scenery. Lovedale Brewery: Located within the Hunter Valley Crowne Plaza, the 12 + award-winning Lovedale Brewery is a must-see. Showcasing up to 7 craft beers at any one time, there is always something to satisfy the beer connoisseur and the beer curious. The brewery also has its own bottling line, meaning take-away beers from Lovedale are some of the freshest in the region. Potters Brewery: Located at Potter's Resort, surrounded by the old brick remnants of the pottery kilns, Hunter Beer Co is the oldest operating brewery in the Hunter Valley. The brewery produces a range of world-renowned, award-winning beers, and a visit here is an experience no beer lover should miss. Hunter Beer Co produces several signature beers, such as their German-Style Kolsch, and their crowd favourite; the Slaked Magpie Vanilla Porter. Please note, while this is the usual itinerary, the order may change slightly due to brewery operations. Start times are fixed, however, drop off times can change slightly depending upon traffic and other factors. The guides/drivers do everything they can to have you back as close to the drop off time as promised.

Newcastle: Tandem Beach Skydive

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Newcastle, Australia

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 140 reviews

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!

Really enjoyed the tour with Violet, lots of interesting details and delivered in a entertaining way. Thank you so much :)