Get Inspired / Australasia / Australia / Sydney Sydney Surrounds: Get back to nature Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / Australasia / Australia / Sydney Sydney Surrounds: Get back to nature story by: Sydney Surrounds North Get back to nature Day 1 Morning: Central Coast Take a break and get up close and personal with Australian animals at the Australian Reptile Park. Lunch: Hunter Valley Enjoy lunch at one of the many restaurants or cafes located at a winery. Afternoon Arrive at the Hunter Valley Gardens and explore Australia’s largest display garden, spanning over 60 acres of 10 stunning themed gardens. Overnight Stay the night at one of the hotels set within the vineyards of the Hunter Valley. Day 2 Morning: Port Stephens Explore the Worimi Conservation Lands the largest moving sand dunes in the Southern Hemisphere. Enjoy a unique and exhilarating Beach and Dune Tour to see how people live on the dunes at Tin City and observe the pippi habitats as well as catching and releasing them. Lunch Enjoy fresh barramundi straight from the farm at Cookabarra Restaurant at Bobs Farm. The hydroponic vegetable farm growing fresh produce on-site is served fresh on the plate. Afternoon Learn about the local population of dolphins or the majestic whales on your dolphin or whale watching cruise. You can see the dolphins all year round and the whales May to November. Overnight Port Stephens has a range of accommodation to offer. Try the fantastic holiday parks which offer self-contained cabins close to the waterfront. Day 3 Morning: Newcastle Explore the 40 hectare internationally recognised Hunter Wetlands via a Segway Tour. Other activities offered are walking trails, guided tours, canoeing, dip netting, feeding talks, birdwatching and a children’s discovery playground. Lunch Enjoy lunch and a drink at one of the many popular cafes and restaurants at Honeysuckle, perched on the edge of one of the busiest ports in the world. Afternoon After lunch head back towards Sydney enjoying a detour to take in the daily 3:30pm pelican feeding at The Entrance. Highlights Hunter Valley Gardens Nestled at the foothills of the Brokenback Ranges, in the heart of the Hunter vineyards, you will find the magnificent Hunter Valley Gardens - over 60 acres of spectacular international display gardens that will amaze you with sensational sights, colours, fragrances and adventures. Dolphin & Whale Watch Tours Something to spout about...with over 140 bottlenose dolphins calling Port Stephens home, it’s no wonder these friendly locals are sighted so often. And, from May to November, the waters off Port Stephens play host to the magnificent migrating humpback whales. Hunter Wetlands Centre Escape the everyday and discover the magic of nature at the Hunter Wetlands Centre. Open your eyes to what is one of the most important Egret breeding grounds in Australia and if you know your ducks, the Hunter Wetlands houses one of the oldest and rarest duck breeds in the world - the famous 'Freckled Duck'. Discover more of Australia Drive from Sydney via road and fly to Melbourne, Brisbane, Gold Coast from Newcastle Airport. > Click here for more Sydney & Surrounds HOT deals > More information about Sydney Surrounds here Photo Credit: Destination NSW, Destination Port Stephens & Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? 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