Melbourne offers magnificent riches for the curious willing to lose themselves in hidden lane-ways and behind unmarked doors. Benefiting from an insider’s view, your Acacia guide will uncover unforgettable surprises tucked around every corner.
From intricately detailed Victorian arcades to the technicoloured graffiti daubed on the brick walls of cobbled Hosier Lane, there’s so much to see and do.
Grab an espresso while meandering Melbourne’s cosmopolitan lane-ways, then duck into cutting-edge art galleries and independent boutiques.
Learn fascinating insights about the city’s storied history, from gold rush fever to renegade bush-rangers. Admire the impressive dome of the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton Gardens, the oldest surviving example of its kind.
Taste the finest the city has to offer while perusing the rich and varied stalls of Queen Victoria Market then let Acacia whisk you to the bohemian seaside haven of St Kilda, where anything goes.
Snap yourself posing by the iconic bathing boxes of Brighton Beach and return to your hotel refreshed by sea air.
Waddling along in their little tuxedos, the penguins of Phillip Island are very dapper indeed. Why not raise your game and join them in the classy stakes?
Start your impeccable adventure with a helicopter ride from the Yarra River in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD. Touching down on the island, your Acacia guide will whisk you off to visit to the penguins’ cuddly neighbours at the Koala Conservation Centre.
Sip local wines and savour award winning cheeses at Purple Hen Vineyard before indulging in a gourmet dinner overlooking the awe-inspiring expanse of the Southern Ocean, a wonderfully romantic backdrop and the source of such incredible gastronomic bounty.
And then at last, just as the sun sets over the island, you will get to meet those dashing penguins themselves, avoiding the tourist hordes, on an intimate Guided Ranger tour where you will be led on an informative journey through the penguin colony.
Take your seat away from the crowds in the wonderfully located beachfront viewing stand, or if conditions allow, right on the sand, offering superb viewing of the penguins emerging from the water and crossing the beach. A true night to remember.
Melbourne is a city teeming with creativity and its bars and restaurants are no exception with the most exciting venues often behind obscure doors, up unmarked staircases, and down darkened alleys.
What better way to discover Australia’s “Capital of Cool” than heading out on the town with a local? With Acacia’s inside knowledge you will truly penetrate the surface to feel the beating pulse of the city.
This is not a tour in the conventional sense. Think of your guide as a friend of a friend and as the night progresses, and we get to know you better, expect something unscripted based on your own personal preferences.
Perhaps you have a sweet tooth or a penchant for a fine single malt. Melbourne by night has something for all.
Bring your appetite as you will visit several culinary hotspots sampling signature dishes showcasing the diversity of cuisines and depth of experimentation for which Melbourne’s chefs are renowned. And between courses why not grab a cocktail at a rooftop bar and enjoy good conversation while taking in the city lights?
Snaking through the heart of the city, Melburnians like to gently rib one another over which side of the Yarra River they live on. The sepia-coloured Yarra is one of the stars of Acacia’s Melbourne laneways and waterways tour. But before you take to water, first we celebrate the city’s unique laneway culture.
Teeming with incredible hole-in-the-wall cafes manned by passionate baristas, the street-art daubed thoroughfares also host boutique galleries and designer stores showcasing local creations. Climb to a rooftop bar for a close-up look at the city’s glittering towers.
Once you step on board your luxury private cruise, sit back and tuck into a charcuterie and cheese board with a glass of Australian sparkling wine as you glide along the Yarra, marvelling at that magnificent skyline from a very different angle, with Federation Square, the MCG, and the Royal Botanic Gardens as your dramatic backdrop.
With the Mornington Peninsula offering so much diversity, Acacia’s unscripted private tours allow absolute flexibility to tailor the perfect day for your tastes. What better way to start the day than swooping over the state forest to its highest peak on the Arthurs Seat Eagle, a state-of-the-art gondola.
Acacia’s intimate knowledge of the area puts us in the perfect position to introduce you to the Mornington Peninsula’s finest producers. Experience behind the scenes at one of the region’s thriving vineyards and sample some of its most exciting and creative wine varietals.
Settle in for lunch at one of the peninsula’s many esteemed restaurants while enjoying picture perfect views over undulating vineyards at either Port Phillip Estate or Montalto.
As for the afternoon? There are so many options, from walks taking in coastal splendour and quaint seaside towns, to wildlife experiences or artisanal offerings. Acacia tours are uniquely bespoke.
Begin your journey to the Macedon Ranges with a visit to a place of great mystery and natural beauty, Hanging Rock.
If you aren’t already familiar with the curious story behind this rocky outcrop, Acacias guide will get you on the same page with the both the new and original mythology spun around this ancient Aboriginal sacred site.
With a little help from novelist Joan Lindsay’s unnerving classic Picnic at Hanging Rock and filmmaker Peter Weir’s 1975 adaptation, you will swear you catch a glimpse of long-missing schoolgirls. Shake it off by sampling the acclaimed sparkling wines at Hanging Rock Winery.
Indulge in Daylesford’s award-winning Lake House restaurant for an unforgettable gourmet experience. Under the culinary directorship of industry doyenne Alla Wolfe-Tasker, the kitchen works magic with seasonal ingredients sourced from the finest small-scale local suppliers. Fare including rare breed pork, grass-fed beef, freshwater fish and goats’ milk cheese is hand-delivered daily.
Your afternoon might include a visit to the rustic Lavendula Swiss-Italian Farm or browse Vincent Street’s charming bric-a-brac stores for gold.
In a destination boasting the largest concentration of natural mineral springs in Australia, it’s easy to see why Daylesford has gained a national reputation for spa excellence.
Acacia’s Daylesford Spa Indulgence tour begins at celebrated restaurant and luxury lodge Lake House’s onsite Salus Spa. Ensconced in lush gardens singing with trickling waterfalls, it’s a soothing setting for a variety of health and beauty treatments.
The award-winning Salus Spa Signature experience begins with a hot volcanic rock massage using warm oil infused with locally sourced seasonal fragrances. Your body is then polished with Lime and Ginger salts to remove rough skin and while you’re wrapped up, a soothing face and scalp massage completes this nourishing experience.
A morning of intense pampering can work up an appetite, so the Lake House team will treat you to a three-course lunch of blissful excess that employs the magic of their paddock-to-plate philosophy, with virtually everything made on premise or sourced locally.
Before we whisk you back to Melbourne, there is time to enjoy highlights of Daylesford. Perhaps a stroll along Vincent Street’s thriving vintage strip or climb the hill to the historic Convent Gallery.
The jewel in the crown of the Goldfields region, a visit to Ballarat, with its remarkable Victorian architecture and open-air museum Sovereign Hill, feels like stepping back in time over 150 years to the incredible upheaval of gold rush fever.
Established in 1838 on the shores of Lake Wendouree, the city’s name is derived from the indigenous words for resting place.
Originally a humble sheep station, Ballarat’s fortunes were transformed just over a decade later with the discovery of gold. Acacia will introduce you to the gripping true tales of triumph and tragedy that followed. This rich history comes to life at Sovereign Hill, an outdoor museum that replicates 1850’s life, complete with costumed characters depicting gold diggers and blacksmiths, wheelwrights, and candlestick makers.
Admire magnificent architecture funded by the great wealth drawn from the dirt while wandering Ballarat’s wide streets then enjoy lunch at the historic Craig’s Royal Hotel. Consider a visit to Ballarat Wildlife Park for personal encounters with koalas and kangaroos or climb the peak of Black Hill Lookout to survey all the city has to offer from on high.
Straddle the centuries as you explore both Bendigo’s bountiful past as a beneficiary of gold rush riches and its vibrant contemporary culture as a centre of art and culinary excellence on this multi-faceted Acacia Goldfields Bendigo tour.
Discover some of Bendigo’s delicious secrets, meet the passionate food heroes and hear their enriching stories on a private guided Food Fossicking tour.
The tour culminates with lunch at the awarded Masons of Bendigo, a stylish yet welcoming outpost of paddock-to-plate culture that highlights the finest Central Victorian produce.
Jump on the Bendigo Tramways Vintage Talking Tram and take in the city’s rich history the easy way, or don a hardhat and head underground in the Central Deborah Mine. You can find out more about the Chinese contribution to Bendigo’s gold rush history at the Golden Dragon Museum or perhaps visit Australia’s oldest working pottery, Bendigo Pottery.
Cap it all off with a stroll through the lush surrounds of Rosalind Park, with its tranquil waterfall and leafy fernery.
Punctuated by a morning tea in the picturesque township of Yea, you’ll be mesmerised by the staggering beauty on show during the drive from Melbourne to the High Country’s mountainous expanse, dotted with rolling vineyards and picture-perfect townships.
The first port of call on your two-day Acacia tour of the majestic King Valley is the family-run Prosecco Road champion Pizzini Wines, where you will enjoy a picnic in their beautiful gardens after a cheese-matched wine tasting. From there, take your pick of the neighboring vineyards.
Once you have checked into the greenery-shrouded retreat of Albertine’s Beechworth Boutique Hotel, prepare for dinner at one of the stars of regional Victoria’s dining scene, the much-awarded restaurant Provenance.
Situated in what was once the gold rush Bank of Australasia, chef Michael Ryan’s menu has been heavily influenced by his travels in Japan.
Setting out for the beauty of Bright, perched on a glittering stretch of the Ovens River cupped by mountains, take in the local vineyards and breweries in this breathtaking spot that’s best viewed from the peak of Huggin’s Lookout.
Australia’s great southern land is packed with so much to see and do. Leaving Melbourne, your first day’s escape will take in the roaring majesty of the legendary surf break at Bells Beach, cliff-top lighthouses, and koalas clinging to treetops as we follow the scenic Great Ocean Road to Apollo Bay. Savour dinner at one of the Great Ocean Road’s most impressive restaurants.
Day two is action packed starting with a walk through the ancient timber and lush tree-ferns of Melba Gully then on to the breathtaking limestone icons of the Twelve Apostles and other highlights of the Port Campbell National Park. Spot kangaroos and emu as you set off to the idyllic maritime village of Port Fairy en route to Mount Gambier near the South Australian border.
Wonder at nature’s power on day three, from the sunken gardens of the Umpherston Sinkhole to the azure brilliance of South Australia’s Blue Lake, nestled in a dormant volcano crater
There’s time for a couple of winery stop-overs in the acclaimed Coonawarra wine region before arriving into Adelaide via the Naracoorte Caves World Heritage site, housing ancient fossils dating back 50,000 years.
The first stop on your adventurous two-day escape to the spectacular Grampians National Park is the Victorian era boomtown of Ballarat.
Guests can choose to visit Sovereign Hill, an outdoor museum that transports you back to 1850’s gold rush fever. Alternatively visit the award-winning Ballarat Wildlife Park renowned for up-close encounters with Australian native animals including Victoria’s premier koala experience.
From there whisk you away to Dunkeld, a picturesque town nestled at the foothills of the stunning twin peaks of mounts Abrupt and Sturgeon in the southern Grampians National Park. Spot kangaroos while walking the arboretum or perhaps forage through the celebrated kitchen garden of the Royal Mail Hotel, your dining and rest spot for the night. This evening you will be treated to an envelope-pushing dinner you will never forget at one of Australia’s finest restaurants.
Day two brings with it a world of potential. Explore Brambuck Aboriginal Culture Centre and perhaps trek up to the majesty of Mackenzie Falls before a picnic lunch. With several hikes on offer, pick how hard you want to work and then wash it all down with a well-earned sparkling wine at Seppelt Great Western winery en route back to Melbourne.
An ideal snowfields adventure for families, Lake Mountain is also the most easily reached peak from Melbourne.
Setting out for snow, your Acacia guide will first transport you through the glorious Yarra Valley and mountain ash forests of the Yarra ranges to the postcard-perfect Alpine foothill village of Marysville, a lush green spot in which to grab a morning coffee.
From there it’s on to Lake Mountain with its 37 kilometres of cross-country trails, slopes and toboggan runs offering something for even the little ones, or let them run wild with harmless snow play. Silvery trees stand tall set against staggeringly blue skies with views for miles and you can warm frozen hands with a hot drink from the Lake Mountain Cafe.
Once everyone has had their freezing fun, we’ll transport you back to Melbourne but not before stopping at your choice of the Yarra Valley’s finest gourmet offerings, from handcrafted chocolatiers to cheesemongers.
As for the grown-ups, they can opt for a wine tasting or perhaps sample beer and cider at Napoleone Brewery.
Standing just over 1,800 metres high, much-loved Snowfield destination, Mount Buller encompasses 300 hectares with the longest run stretching to two and a half kilometres.
A scenic three-hour drive from Melbourne, Acacia will transport you to the mountain via a short stop-over in Mansfield, part of the Ned Kelly trail huddled in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range. The sheer scale of Mount Buller’s wondrous winter playground ensures there’s something to accommodate every level of experience and adventurousness, from speedy skier to steady tobogganer.
There is an extensive network of chair lifts to get you where you need to be in the shortest time possible too. Affording magnificent views of the Alpine National Park, the colours captured on this great white canvas are truly magical. Slow down and soak them up during lunch at Buller’s hottest destination, the architecturally and gastronomically inspiring Black Cockatoo, showcasing craft beer and award-wining wines from the length and breadth of Victoria.
There are few experiences in life guaranteed to make you feel more like James Bond than touching down on a snow-capped mountain via helicopter.
Indulge in the ultimate adventure with the Acacia Gold Mount Buller tour. Delivered from your hotel direct to the Yarra River helipad in the heart of Melbourne, watch as the city’s glittering glass towers fall away. You will then be transported to high above the vineyards of the Yarra Valley touching down on the pristine slopes only one hour later.
All that remains for you to do is make like 007 and race down the mountainside again and again.
If the mood takes you, why not have a martini, shaken not stirred, with lunch at the luxurious Black Cockatoo, a palace of copper, leather and steel with views to die for.
Acacia’s Mornington Peninsula Wildlife Encounters tour allows you to learn more about Australia’s unique wildlife in a natural bushland setting. A great option for all the family, start your journey with a private, zookeeper-led tour of Moonlit Sanctuary, the peninsula’s award-winning wildlife park.
This is a wonderful opportunity to get face-to-furry-face with our much-loved fauna, including iconic koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, dingos, barn owls, pythons, tawny frogmouth, gliders, and rainbow lorikeets. Imagine being the envy of all your friends back home as you post perfect wildlife selfies.
Once you get over that excitement, allow Acacia to guide you through the peninsula’s finest producers, starting with an elegant lunch at one of the region’s celebrated wineries.
After that, it’s all up to you. Your tour guide will help you choose the perfect afternoon, whether that involves handcrafted chocolate or goats milk cheese, or perhaps a magical wander through the Ashcombe Maze and Lavender Gardens.
Gain an insight into everyday life in the world’s most liveable city by tapping the inside knowledge of Acacia’s local guide. Venture in to Melbourne’s inner-city neighbourhoods, each with their own distinct personality - from the bohemian beachside playground of St Kilda, hipster friendly Fitzroy, or the elegant Victorian splendour of Albert Park.
Explore Queen Victoria Market, the largest open-air market in the Southern Hemisphere. Wander its bustling meat, fish, and dairy halls, where you can sample artisan cheeses and smallgoods, or discover the seemingly endless array of seasonal fruit and vegetables showcasing the best of Australian produce.
Cruise the tree-lined streets of affluent Brighton en route to the row of colourful bathing boxes lining the foreshore at Brighton Beach.
A humble sandwich will not do in this city simmering with culinary creativity. Melbourne’s chefs have gained an international reputation for excellence experimenting with pristine local produce. Enjoy a sumptuous lunch with paired wine at one of the city’s finest establishments.
It’s hard work taking in the magic of the Mornington Peninsula’s world-class food and wine scene, so Acacia has made it easy for you.
What better way to relax after experiencing the epicurean highlights of this strikingly scenic region than by indulging in two hours of pampering at the internationally renowned Peninsula Hot Springs?
Take full advantage of the award-wining retreat’s restorative minerals, with facilities including a Turkish steam bath, heart-starting cold plunge pools and an incredible hilltop pool with jaw-dropping views. Situated in natural bushland, this haven shows off the true beauty of Australia.
While there, why not pamper yourself even further by electing to surrender to a luxurious 60-minute treatment, from a de-stressing massage to a rejuvenating facial.
Combined with fascinating wine-tasting experiences and an unforgettable two-course fine dining lunch, Acacia recommends this tour for anyone keen to explore the natural beauty of the peninsula and then unwind in the most magnificent way.
Acacia’s Mornington Peninsula and Helicopter Journey is a specially crafted tour for those who appreciate the finer things in life.
The tour kicks off with a visit to one of the region’s most experimental estates, Quealy Winemakers. Led by the passionate winemaker Kathleen Quealy, you’ll be privy to the estate’s unique approach to winemaking and learn why she has been dubbed Australia’s “Queen of Pinot Grigio” by the renowned wine critic, James Halliday.
Lunch at one of the area’s lauded winery restaurants is a given. Port Phillip Estate is more than a restaurant serving outstanding local produce, in addition it offers a visual and architectural feast for diners to consume. Enjoy a two-course lunch served with estate wines.
Following lunch, you might like to sample the regions finest Pinot Noir or Chardonnay? perhaps explore Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm, learn how to make goats cheese at Main Ridge Dairy or indulge at Mornington Peninsula Chocolates?
Enjoy the very best the peninsula has to offer before flying back to Melbourne in style via a 30-minute scenic helicopter ride, landing on the banks of the Yarra River in the heart of the city.
Your Acacia journey along the Great Ocean Road begins in the township of Torquay, Australia’s celebrated capital of surf culture and home of the legendary Bells Beach. The carved cliffs of the winding Great Ocean Road afford panoramic views of lighthouses, windswept beaches and sandy coves. Arriving at the picturesque seaside hamlet of Kennett River, guests can observe dozing Koalas in their natural habitat and brilliantly hued King Parrots and Crimson Rosellas.
After a sumptuous lunch of local seafood and regional produce in the popular holiday village of Apollo Bay, the road forges inland through the verdant gullies of the Great Otway National Park.
Finally, the road emerges on the dramatic Shipwreck Coast near the iconic Twelve Apostles, the scenic highlight of the day. Stroll cliff-edge boardwalks for the perfect vantage point of these limestone stack formations and the nearby Loch Ard Gorge. Adventurous travellers can descend all eighty-six of the Gibson Steps down to the beach.
From observing surfers ride the wild waves of Bells Beach to soaring high above one of Australia’s natural icons in a private helicopter, there’s so much to see and do on Acacia’s adventurous Great Ocean Road and Helicopter journey.
After morning tea set high on the clifftop at Split Point lighthouse, tour the Great Ocean Road in comfort as it winds along the coast. Get up close and personal with the local wildlife, from koalas to native parrots then flick through your Australian fauna selfies over a delicious two-course lunch at Apollo Bay’s acclaimed La Bimba.
Following lunch, the road turns inland through the towering rainforest of the Great Otway National Park emerging at one of nature’s marvels, the Twelve Apostles limestone stacks and the breathtaking Shipwreck Coast.
After an invigorating day touring the Great Ocean Road, indulge in the ultimate finale by boarding a private helicopter for the scenic 75-minute flight high above the dramatic coastline and fertile rainforests before touching down in the heart of Melbourne.
One of Acacia’s most exciting and ethereally beautiful tours, the Great Ocean Road deserves to be savoured. Why not make the most of your time travelling along Australia’s most scenic coastal route with this two-day trip, including an unforgettable overnight stopover in the township of Apollo Bay?
Taken at a more leisurely pace, you can make the most of the stunning views along this rugged, sea-carved stretch of paradise. This memorable tour allows for extra insights, including a magical rainforest walk through lush rainforest at Melba Gully and the staggering natural beauty of the London Bridge Arch and Bay of Islands at the western end of the Port Campbell National Park.
Epicurean adventurers will also appreciate the opportunity to take in the mouth-watering Great Ocean Road gourmet trail. Visit some of the region’s finest foodie hot spots, like the Timboon Railway Shed Distillery, where you can enjoy a nip of whisky, and the award-winning paddock to plate operation that is Apostle Whey Cheese.
Share your love of the rugged Victorian coastline on this two-night tour that has you hiking portions of the Great Ocean Walk.
Your first day whisks you away to historic Split Point Lighthouse in Aireys Inlet then on to the beautiful seaside town of Lorne. A popular escape, you can take in majestic views of Bass Strait at the spectacular Teddy’s Lookout above the mouth of the St. George River. Enjoy lunch at one of the favourite local cafes before checking into your accommodation at Apollo Bay.
The afternoon will see you don your hiking boots for the first of two spectacular portions of the Great Ocean Walk. The Cape Otway Lighthouse Cemetery and Lookout Walk offers panoramic views of the Southern Ocean, the lighthouse, and historic telegraph station.
On day two hike from Princetown to Glenample along cliff tops through coastal scrubland while taking in views of the Twelve Apostles. Kangaroos are regular grazers in nearby paddocks and pods of dolphins can sometimes be seen in the ocean below.
After a second restful night’s sleep, you will still have time to explore the region further before we take you back to Melbourne.
As you leave the suburban limits of busy Melbourne, the undulating hills of the Yarra Valley seem the perfect antidote.
The first stop is to the award-winning Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary in the heart of the valley. Set in stunning bush surrounds and specialising in Australia’s unique and diverse native fauna, the sanctuary will delight young and old.
It wouldn’t be a trip to the Yarra Valley without indulging in a wine tasting or three, purely for quality control reasons of course. Arriving at TarraWarra Estate feels like a trip to see the Hobbits, with the stone cellar door carved out of the hillside. Consider a visit to their impressive art museum and snap the perfect pic at what must surely be one of the most scenic vineyards in the country.
The valley is also renowned for its fine winery-based restaurants. Enjoy a sumptuous lunch in picturesque settings at either the celebrated Oakridge or Meletos vineyard restaurants.
From there it’s all down to your impeccable taste. Let us know what takes your fancy – artisanal cheese at Yarra Valley Dairy, bubbles at Domaine Chandon, or perhaps cheat on the grapes and stop in at Four Pillars Gin distillery.
Climb every mountain with a little help from Puffing Billy on Acacia’s Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges tour.
Beginning in the most picturesque fashion, we’ll whisk you an hour away from Melbourne and seemingly back in time as you ride the time-honoured steam train through the fern-covered gullies of this magical, mountainous land. If you are feeling brave, why not dangle your legs over the side?
After a spot of lunch at either Meletos or Oakridge wineries, both much-loved heroes of the Yarra Valley wine region, we’ll guide you to your pick of the region’s many and varied destinations, including the option of visiting furry Australian animals at Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary or the home of Victorian era opera singer and Australian legend Dame Nelly Melba’s Coombe Estate.
Acacia Tours also recommend a stopover at the impossibly scenic TarraWarra Estate. After tasting the award-winning wines, art lovers won’t want to miss out on the contemporary cool of the TarraWarra Museum of Art.
The Yarra Valley accommodates some of Australia’s finest wineries and is a must for all cork-popping connoisseurs, but it’s equally celebrated for its gourmet dining scene, making it an all-round epicurean playground. Acacia is overjoyed to welcome all guests with an impeccable palate on our dedicated Yarra Valley gourmet tour of the best the region has to offer.
The first stop will be to the internationally renowned boutique vineyard Yarra Yering. Experience a structured wine tasting of their finest that includes their Bordeaux inspired blend, Dry Red number one which has achieved cult status globally.
Lunch will be a memorable affair for even the most discerning gourmands. Awarded a chef’s hat by the prestigious The Age Good Food Guide only a year after opening the doors, Ezard at Levantine Hill is a must for culinary connoisseurs.
The celebrated teaming of the garlanded chef Teague Ezard and Levantine Hill Estate brings the wow factor. You’ll be treated to a five-course degustation lunch with estate wines.
From there it’s all down to your personal tastes, with visits to Four Pillars Gin, Napoleone Brewery and Ciderhouse, and the finest and less visited boutique vineyards all on the cards.
Animal lovers will be in seventh heaven with the Yarra Valley Wildlife’s ranger-led adventure through the internationally renowned Healesville Sanctuary.
Set in stunning bushland and specialising in native Australian fauna, Acacia will introduce guests to the sanctuary’s dedicated team of rangers. These animal experts will then lead you on a private, two-hour tour of the furry, feathered and scaled wonders on show. You will even be able to enjoy exclusive animal encounters all to yourself.
If that’s all too exciting, chill out afterwards and swap wildlife selfies at an indulgent, two-course winery lunch at either Meletos or Oakridge, two of the Yarra Valley’s most-loved cellar doors.
After that, the afternoon is all yours to decide with a little help from your Acacia guide. Perhaps an indulgent visit to the scenic Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery for sweet treats or a wine-tasting at a boutique vineyard, away from the crowds.
From the vineyards clinging to its undulating hills and tree-covered mountains to the river snaking through it, the Yarra Valley is one of Victoria’s most breathtaking regions, an emerald in the crown. It’s also one of the Australia’s finest food and wine destinations.
Nowhere is this more evident than at the exquisite winery restaurant, Ezard at Levantine Hill where the food is only matched by the stunning architectural statement of its cellar door extending through to its dining room with barrel-shaped booths.
Acacia will arrange a two-course lunch with estate wine following an exclusive structured tasting of five Levantine Hill wines from the Coldstream Guard range, Estate range and Family Paddock range.
In the afternoon, why not make the most of the area’s rich local produce with a visit to Yarra Valley Dairy for a spot of cheese tasting. Or perhaps take tea and coffee in the gardens of Coombe Estate, once home to celebrated opera singer Dame Nelly Melba.
Finishing on a high note, enjoy a 20-minute scenic helicopter over metropolitan Melbourne landing in the city centre at the riverside helipad.
The beauty of making a break for Phillip Island is that its proximity to Melbourne, compact size, and the fascinating diversity of the local wildlife allows you to make the most of even a fleeting visit.
Join Acacia on this express tour and a late afternoon departure from Melbourne will have you strolling boardwalks atop the coastal cliffs of the Nobbies. You’ll be stunned by glorious views out to the great expanse and incredible power of the churning Bass Strait.
Then avoid the hoi polloi as we invite you to a special underground vantage point from which to take in the Phillip Island Penguin Parade.
A local ranger will teach you everything you need to know about these marvelous creatures as dusk sees them returning from the sea to their burrows. No need to worry about the weather with this enviable perch that offers an eye-to-bird’s eye view.
With pristine white beaches and iconic wildlife experiences, there is so much to see and do on Phillip Island, just 90 minutes from Melbourne.
Acacia recommends climbing to the treetops at the Koala Conservation Centre so you can visit the leafy abode of one of Australia’s most-loved mammals. You will be amazed at just how close you can get to these cuddly critters.
Breath in the fresh, salty air as you stroll the shore of the rugged surf beach at Cape Woolamai where the lucky may catch the magical descent of the short-tailed shearwaters as they return from a day of fishing. Explore the boardwalks at Summerland Peninsula with views to Seal Rocks.
This leisurely tour also allows time for a palette-pleasing dinner demonstrating the freshest seasonal produce the island and its surrounds have to offer. Then off to the penguin parade for an intimate Guided Ranger tour where you will be led on an informative journey through the penguin colony.
Take your seat away from the crowds in the wonderfully located beachfront viewing stand, or if conditions allow, right on the sand, offering superb viewing of the penguins emerging from the water and crossing the beach.
Attention animal lovers - all your dreams will come true with this enviable adventure along the Victorian coast.
Your Acacia guide will transport you to the Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park on the Mornington Peninsula. There you will be able to meet the who’s who of Australian animals in an exclusive keeper-led experience. Hand feed kangaroos and wallabies, pet and cuddle a koala, walk with dingos, feed fury little sugar gliders, and more.
Then it’s on our way to Phillip Island in time to discover the island’s culinary scene in the picturesque seaside village of Cowes.
After dinner, you will set out towards the salty sea air and magnificent cliff-side vistas of Phillip Island for an intimate Guided Ranger tour where you will be led on an informative journey through the penguin colony. Take your seat away from the crowds in the wonderfully located beachfront viewing stand, or if conditions allow, right on the sand, offering superb viewing of the penguins emerging from the water and crossing the beach.
The Mornington Peninsula’s fertile soil and the creative flair of its local artisans have rightfully earned the region its reputation as one of Australia’s finest producers of cool climate wines. It also has a sterling record for fabulous food.
The diverse dining scene is characterised by a certain casual elegance that has become synonymous with peninsula style. The combination of the stunning setting and expert technique makes a good argument for declaring the Mornington Peninsula the country’s finest regional dining spot.
The highlight of Acacia’s Mornington Peninsula Epicurean experience is a guided exploration of the renowned epicurean hotspot Montalto Vineyard and Olive Grove.
Explore their kitchen garden, vineyards, and orchards and let the chefs enlighten you on how to make the most of their seasonal produce.
Marvel at Montalto’s impressive sculpture gardens surrounded by natural wetlands. Enjoy a private wine tasting experience that reflects the vineyard’s unique terroir and experience their estate-to-plate philosophy with a stunning three-course, wine-matched lunch at the award-winning restaurant.
The afternoon will see you meet local growers, farmers, and artisan producers, sampling their gourmet delights along the way.