Sand Dune Safaris is a small, non-commercial, family owned and operated business. We have been operating on the beautiful Stockton Sand Dunes in Port Stephens, NSW, for over 20 years. What sets us apart from other 4WD tour operators is that we do not cater to the large inbound tour groups that visit the dunes daily from Sydney. Therefore we are able to provide you with the friendly, personal service we pride ourselves on! Our focus away from the ‘mass produced” tourist market allows us to be unique in several ways:
We are able to offer Stand Up sand boarding in addition the sit down style. This is because we don’t have an overcrowded dune. In addition, our personal service means we can spend more time overcoming any language barriers, and offering individual attention.
We like to encourage our customers to stay and enjoy their experience for as long as possible. We provide a shaded picnic area complete with tables and chairs. Bring your lunch and enjoy the views!
Our sand dune area is the furthest along the dunes, as we don’t have groups needing to stick to tight itineraries. This means getting to our sand dune area is relaxing, and half the fun!
We can be very flexible and provide our customers with that ‘little bit extra” to ensure your visit is extra special.
We love staying open until late, especially in winter as the sunsets are amazing!
Sand Dune Safaris offer a fun, exciting and safe family orientated Sand Boarding Adventure on top of the highest dunes. Getting there in our 4WDs is half the fun! In addition, we also offer beach and dune tours, trips to Tin City and educational tours for school students. Options are also available for interest groups, conference groups, seniors clubs, film crews and birthday parties, or simply for those who prefer a small private tour.
Sand Dune Safaris are fully accredited by the Ministry of Transport for both Bus and 4WD operations, so you can be assured of a professional service. We also hold an Ecopass Licence with the National Parks and Wildlife Service.
All tours are escorted by a friendly Driver/Tour Guide who is qualified and complies with Ministry of Transport requirements. Our staff hold Senior First Aid certificates, and have endless knowledge and experience with the sand dune ecosystem at Stockton Beach.
AN IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT WEATHER CONDITIONS
Due to the fact we do not cater to the inbound tour market, this means we have the choice to close our operations if we consider the weather to be unsafe.
The main weather safety hazard on the dunes is extreme heat. Since our sand is very reflective due to its high silica content, on a hot day temperatures can be amplified to well over 50 degrees centigrade. Due to these extreme temperatures, we will generally open earlier in the morning on a hot day and close around midday or whenever it becomes too hot. We will also close during extremely windy conditions, torrential rain and electrical storms.
The most ideal conditions for sand boarding are cool days, after rain or during light showers. The wet sand is ideal for sliding on due to the fact it is nice and smooth so you go faster!
We take our duty of care to our staff and customers very seriously. We also want you to thoroughly enjoy your experience on the dunes. If you are unsure whether conditions are suitable please feel free to give us a call as actual weather conditions can vary significantly from forecast!
Look for our Ticket Booth in the Lower Car Park