Port Stephens is one of the many beautiful towns on the North Coast of New South Wales. It is particularly popular for its natural beauty, pristine beaches and opportunities to interact with wildlife, in particular its marine life. Port Stephens offers an incredible experience through Dolphin Swim Australia, the opportunity to safely swim with pods of dolphins in the wild. It is the first location in the world to offer this type of wild dolphin swim experience, and the only permitted place in New South Wales. It truly is a bucket list moment!
Port Stephens is located in the Hunter Region, on the North Coast of New South Wales. It is a nature lover’s dream with 26 incredible beaches, giant sand dunes, national parks and countless marine life. This makes it an extremely popular Australian town and tourist destination. It also lies within the Port Stephens – Great Lakes Marine Park, the largest of its kind in the state, covering 98,200 hectares. In Port Stephens, you will find a carefree coastal lifestyle that is all about sun, sand and sea. However, it is also for the adventure lovers, offering a range of wild activities such as scuba diving with sharks or hiking in challenging terrain.
Dolphin Swim Australia
Port Stephens makes swimming with dolphins in their natural habitat a reality! Of all the incredible activities on offer, the Wild Dolphin Swim by Dolphin Swim Australia is a must. Port Stephens is the original provider of this activity, being the first to provide this type of wild dolphin experience in the world! Taking place in the open ocean aboard a 52 foot catamaran, swimmers are attached to a rope between the bows and towed through the water amid pods of playful dolphins.
Let’s talk about safety. Swimmers are fully secured with a safety harness and attached to the catamaran at all times. Once the dolphins are found, their behaviour is monitored and swimmers can only enter the water if the dolphins are determined to be safe for swimming with. The price for the 4 hour boat trip and swim is $329.00 AUD, and is open to people of all ages between 7 and 70. Tour inclusions are as follows:
- Safety harness
- Light breakfast
- Educational commentary
- Complimentary above-water photos
Get a feel for the experience by watching the video below:
Port Stephens – Great Lakes Marine Park
Covering 98,200 hectares, The Port Stephens – Great Lakes Marine Park is the largest in New South Wales. It extends from Cape Hawke all the way to Birubi Beach and includes Port Stephens, the Karuah River, the Myall River, Myall Lake and Smiths Lake. The Marine Park was established in December 2005 by the NSW Government. It is home to extensive amounts of incredible and unique marine life, including various species of dolphins, fish and turtles. Visitors to the Port Stephens – Great Lakes Marine Park have the opportunity to experience many water based activities such as swimming, fishing, diving and kayaking.
Port Stephens is one of the many beautiful towns on the North Coast of New South Wales. Loved by tourists and locals alike, it is famous for its 26 beaches, big sand dunes and overall natural beauty. It also lies between the Port Stephens – Great Lakes Marine Park, home to many special species of dolphins, fish, turtles and more. Dolphin Swim Australia offers the incredible opportunity to get up close to and swim with the dolphins in their natural habitat. Will you be ticking it off your bucket list?