At CoastXP, we’re passionate about the Hunter Coast and believe our tours highlight some of Australia’s most beautifully stunning coastal landmarks. We are actively involved in enhancing the destination image of Newcastle and Lake Macquarie as a place to visit and explore by regularly collaborating with local organisations and the broader community to showcase our beautiful region.
We create innovative coastal interactions and experiences
CoastXP’s Founder and Ocean Enthusiast, Dom, has a passion for the marine environment which led him to work in some of Australia’s most scenic coastal locations including Heron Island, North Stradbroke Island, Coffs Harbour, Lord Howe Island, Port Stephens and Sydney. Having grown up in Coffs Harbour, Dom completed his studies at the University of Newcastle and now calls Newcastle home.
Meet our Founder
Hey! I’m Dom.
I'm passionate about everything to do with tourism and the ocean!
I grew up surfing and diving in Coffs Harbour, but now call Newcastle home. I love the community, coastline, beaches, surfing, cafés and restaurants. It is an evolving destination, and there are so many things to be excited about.
The Hunter Coast is a lifestyle hub, it is the perfect balance of a city and a relaxed coastal town. CoastXP is about combining my passion for the ocean with my skills in marine tourism to provide you with an authentic experience!
Meet the Team
Jane is a guide, skipper, marine ecologist and all-round ocean lover. She has worked as a guide, skipper and marine biology teacher in remote parts of the world, including Antarctica and the High Arctic – but finds the Newcastle and the Hunter coastline as beautiful and exciting as anywhere in the world. When she is not guiding tours with CoastXP, she is working on a PhD: studying the killer whales of Eastern Australia.
Tracey is a true Aquaphile [a-qua-phi-le] (an enthusiast of all things relating to water).
She grew up in Newcastle and is an avid surfer and ocean adventurer. Tracey has intricate knowledge of our coastline and is passionate about marine wildlife. She has worked as an officer in the marine environment for many years and is skilled at ensuring guests’ comfort and safety on-board CoastXP’s adventure boat tours.
Ally is a local Novocastrian having lived her whole life in Lake Macquarie. Growing up, Ally spent much of her time exploring Lake Macquarie and its surroundings. Ally is passionate about the outdoors and regularly operates CoastXP’s guided nature walks around the Lake Macquarie State Conservation Area.
Feel the Experience!
CoastXP has put every measure in place to ensure we provide the highest quality experience, this starts with our vessel Atmos. The design allows for unobstructed 360° views, with the result of a truly unique experience.
Atmos is our custom built rigid inflatable. It is a modern ecotourism vessel, comfortably seating up to 20 passengers designed with sustainability in mind, by eliminating the need to antifoul. Atmos even has a toilet onboard.
It is constructed for a wide range of offshore conditions and features a large canopy providing shade and protection from the elements in hot, cold or wet conditions. Atmos is powered by two V8 Yamaha engines, giving a total 700hp to provide you with an incredibly safe and smooth ride, suitable for all ages.
At CoastXP, we actively cater for a range of abilities. Being a local tourism operator, it’s critical that we provide as many opportunities to locals and visitors as possible to enjoy our experiences. That’s why we provide the following to all guests:
- A range of ways for customers to book our experiences online, over the phone or via email, whichever is easiest.
- Different payment methods, including payment methods that don’t involve entering credit card numbers each time, such as PayPal.
- A pre-departure email that includes the closest parking suggestions, as well as parking locations that include disabled parking.
- Storage of wheelchairs and walkers during your Newcastle experience (for guests with the ability to board and disembark with assistance).
- The ability to contact our team through a number of methods including via phone, email, live chat, social media messaging, website enquiry form, Google Business messaging, or in person.
- Interpreters or a support person for a companion cardholder can travel free of charge.
- High-contrast fonts and backgrounds that make our web pages easier to read.
- A written transcript of the tour commentary is available upon request.
- Closed captions on our online tour and social media videos.
- A marine toilet on board for all guests.
If you or someone you’re travelling with has any special requirements, please do not hesitate to contact our team.
The Hunter Coast
Newcastle and the Hunter Coast is a changing destination. Our tours embrace the rich industrial and maritime heritage within the region, while opening our guest’s eyes to the new and exciting aspects of the Hunter Coast.
Newcastle is a completely NEW city, with a buzzing cafe and restaurant scene, full of creative art spaces, innovation and surf culture. Lake Macquarie is a unique city built upon the largest permanent saltwater lake in the southern hemisphere; it is loved for its beautiful beaches, cafes, national parks and sailing culture.