Tour Desk

Australia’s Best Adventure Playground

Stay at Backpackers by the Beach to experience all the fun & adventure Newcastle and surrounding areas (Hunter Valley,Port Stephens,Lake Macquarie) have to offer. Our easy access to beaches, the ocean, lakes, rivers, mountains and of course huge sand dunes, means that we can organise many different tours and activities that will remain with you long after you return home.

Our Favourite Tours

Hunter Valley Wine Tour

Enjoy the stunning scenery of the Hunter Valley and sample the delicious local produce

  • Door to door service
  • Pick up around 9am, you will be back around 5pm
  • Visit 4-5 wineries
  • Includes tastings of wine, champagne, liqueurs
  • Cheese, chocolate, fudge & olive oil tastings
  • bring or buy lunch at Hunter Valley Village
  • Price: from $70

Dolphin and Whale Watch Cruises

  • Cruise around tropical Port Stephens – the Dolphin Capital of Australia
  • Dolphin Watch: all year round (2.5h)
  • Whale Watch: May to Nov (3.5h)
  • Enjoy the fantastic scenery of Nelson Bay and its surroundings (e.g. Tomaree Headlands)
  • Chance to see an abundance of fish, birds, seals, turtles and fairy penguins
  • Ride the boom net
  • Price from $26

Horse Riding

  • Discover the pristine coastline and sand dunes on the back of a well trained horse
  • With 3 tours on offer, rides cater for beginners to the experienced riders
  • Choose from rides along the pristine coastline, through beautiful coastal bush land or 40m above sea level along the breathtaking sand dunes
  • Duration depending on chosen tour between 1hour and 1.5hours
  • Long pants and enclosed shoes required, helmets provided free of charge
  • Price from $55

4WD tours & Sand boarding

  • Discover Stockton Beach and the amazing Sand Dunes
  • 3 tours available
  • Sandboarding: shuttle to the dunes, board for as long as you like
  • Beach&Dunes: beach and dune driving to “Tin City”, sandboarding and WWII sites (1.5h)
  • Synga shipwreck: beach and dune driving to Synga shipwreck, “Tin City”, WWII sites and Murray’s Brewery (3h)
  • Price $23

Surfing Lessons

Catch your first wave or improve your surfing skills in famous Newcastle waters

  • 2 hour surfing lesson at Nobby’s Beach where you will learn how to be safe in the surf, surf awareness, paddling and catching waves, riding waves, where to surf, turning techniques, and surfing etiquette
  • Wetsuits, sun shirts and surfboards provided
  • ½ hour board hire after the lesson so you can have a go on your own
  • Price: $45

Hang Gliding

  • Experience tandem Hang Gliding over the beautiful beaches of Newcastle
  • Flight duration is 20-30 minutes in the air depending on conditions
  • Tandem flight: safely hanging alongside an certified instructor
  • Video available on extra coast
  • Price: $165

 Quad Biking

  • Explore Stockton Beach & Sand Dunes, the largest moving sand mass in the southern hemisphere
  • Discover the Sygna Shipwreck as experienced instructors take you on an adventure of a lifetime
  • Family friendly as children as young as 8years can ride their own Quad Bike
  • All adventures include:  Helmets, wet weather gear, safety briefing and basic rider training
  • Price: from $65 (special discount for our guests available)