GREAT GOLF COURSES OF VICTORIA

The sandbelt region of Melbourne boasts a fabulous group of golf courses that epitomise the golden age of golf architecture. These highly ranked layouts are located a short drive or even shorter helicopter transfer from Melbourne.  If you are a member of an international golf club that has reciprocal membership, then Acacia can arrange access for you to play on some of these courses.

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FREEMAN ON FORD, BEECHWORTH

Built in 1876, Freeman on Ford was originally the Oriental Bank, once favoured by Beechworth's then substantial Chinese gold-mining population. Designed in the Renaissance palazzo mode by prominent Melbourne architect Leonard Terry, in recent years Freeman on Ford has seen meticulous renovations in which the building's Victorian Italianate architecture has been returned to its original splendour.  Operating as a Bed & Breakfast - expect warm country hospitality.

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King Valley & High Country

Wander off the beaten path to the King Valley & High Country

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LANCEMORE, MILLAWA

Lancemore at Milawa combines the style and elegance of the world's best boutique hotels with the tranquillity and beauty of High Country Victoria. Food and wine are a feature at this striking retreat situated in the middle of a premier wine making district and the Milawa Gourmet Region. Restaurant Merlot, named after the vineyard of Merlot grapes on the property, prides itself on local, fresh seasonal produce.

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King Valley & High Country

Wander off the beaten path to the King Valley & High Country

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ROYAL MAIL HOTEL, DUNKELD

Royal Mail Hotel is designed to capture the stunning beauty of the Southern Grampians. The property features sweeping views, multi-award-winning dining and cellar, bars and quality accommodation.  The hotel features two restaurants, the two-hatted Wickens at Royal Mail Hotel, open Wednesday to Saturday evenings and for lunch on Saturday, and Parker Street Project - casual diner, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days.

Deluxe Mountain View Rooms offer the best views of Gariwerd (Grampians National Park) on the property. Recently refurbished, luxuriously appointed and architecturally designed to capture the beauty of the natural setting, warm tones and timber finishes enhance the contemporary design. Each room features a king bed facing the mountains, a spacious bathroom, complete with walk in shower, heated floors and beautiful bathroom amenities. The rooms are conveniently located on-site at the Royal Mail Hotel; moments away from award-winning food and wine experiences.

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GREAT OCEAN ROAD & GRAMPIANS (SIGNATURE 3-DAY TOUR)

Trace the rugged coastline of the Great Ocean Road through to the dramatic sandstone mountains of the Grampians National Park. Diverse scenery, wildlife, plus incredible food & wine.

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ANCHORS VILLAS, PORT CAMPBELL

Nestled into the hills above Port Campbell situated on 30 acres of private land, Anchors offers three contemporary units with full seclusion.
Each unit is identical with a spacious open plan living, elevated bedroom and spa bath with a panoramic outlook. Anchors captures the essence of Port Campbell with window frontage for unhindered views. Each unit is positioned with your privacy in mind and screened appropriately. Glass tinting and blinds have been added for complete solitary. Stylish décor compliments your experience.

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GREAT OCEAN ROAD & GRAMPIANS (SIGNATURE 3-DAY TOUR)

Trace the rugged coastline of the Great Ocean Road through to the dramatic sandstone mountains of the Grampians National Park. Diverse scenery, wildlife, plus incredible food & wine.

Great Ocean Road (Signature 2-day tour)

A leisurely two-day exploration of this majestic coastal wonder.

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TRIP OF A LIFETIME - GREAT OCEAN ROAD

My son and I had three wonderful days with Paul on the Great Ocean Road. Paul had planned the schedule to perfection from hiking in the rainforest, visiting the Twelve Apostles and Bells Beach, hiking in the Grampians, spotting Koala sleeping in the wild, kangaroos, Emu, tasting cheese and much much more. Paul is very knowledgeable, talkative, and a nice guy. He was flexible and looked after all of our needs. Accommodations were great and food wonderful. Best decision we made was touring with Acacia.

DEC 2019


CITY & PHILLIP ISLAND TOUR, BOTH WERE EXCEPTIONAL

We got lucky. No two ways about it. Our tour guide was Adam who had only been with Acacia for a few months after returning to Melbourne, his hometown,following his being in the private tour business “up north” (which means the Northern Territories).

When we met him at the airport in his luxury Mercedes van we thought he was just our transfer to our hotel. Nope, he said he would get us checked in and then we were to head out on our city tour. We hit all the landmarks but along the way Adam would tell us about his experiences growing up as a child in Melbourne. That was way more interesting than a dry, monotonous script.

The next day Adam picked us up at 1:00 pm for our Phillip Island excursion. By now we were old pals so spending the day visiting the Koala Conservation Center, hiking the hills at the Nobbies and having dinner in Cowes was a great prelude for entering the Phillip Island Nature Park for the Penguin Parade. After enjoying the parade with a private park ranger we were relieved to see Adam waiting for us in the lobby. Some last minute souvenir hunting, with Adam’s blessing, then we were on our way back to the city. Thank goodness we had Adam to make the hour and a half drive in the middle of the night. We could not have been more pleased with Adam and Acacia Tours.

HUNTINGTON BEACH I CALIFORNIA I MARCH 2020

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“Stuart guided my daughter and I through two fantastic days of touring The Great Ocean Road and Phillip Island. I cannot think of one thing that could have been changed or improved in any way. Stuart was perfect in each professional way: prompt, courteous, well organized, had a lovely clean car, offered cold water and any other item needed; however Stuart also was a warm, thoughtful and insightful travel companion. I highly recommend Acacia Tours!!”

FEBRUARY 2020 I ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN

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TAKE A SCENIC HELICOPTER FLIGHT

For a bird's-eye view of the stunning Shipwreck coast, climb aboard a helicopter at the Twelve Apostles and soar high above the Southern Ocean.  Take in the dramatic views of the Great Ocean Road and Port Campbell National Park and keep an eye out for blue whales off the coast during the breeding season between June and October.

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TWELVE APOSTLES & BRAE

Combine the icons of the Great Ocean Road with lunch at Australia’s finest regional restaurant

For the ultimate day of luxury and indulgence, combine the arresting coastal scenery of the Great Ocean Road and Twelve Apostles with one of Australia’s finest dining experiences – Brae at Birregurra.

Your journey begins in the heart of Melbourne where you will board a private helicopter.  Ascend through a canyon of skyscrapers then soar over the rugged beaches and coastal hamlets that dot the Great Ocean Road’s famed Surf and Shipwreck Coasts.

See the iconic Twelve Apostles from above before landing to stroll the cliff-top boardwalks for a vastly different perspective of these majestic limestone stacks. Your local guide will take you to nearby Loch Ard Gorge - one of Australia’s most dramatically beautiful beaches - to discover the tales of tragedy and heroism at the site where the Victorian-era clipper famously sunk in 1878.

Continue the journey in the comfort of a luxury vehicle as you travel through Australia’s rich dairy heartland to the bucolic setting of Brae at Birregurra. Chef Dan Hunter’s ever-changing menu incorporates organic produce from Brae Farm, the surrounding land and local, ethical, sustainable producers to showcase a unique Australian cuisine built centred around seasonality. Enjoy the multi-course culinary adventure complimented with carefully paired wines, before a relaxing drive back to your hotel.