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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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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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.

 


EXCLUSIVE COOKING EXPERIENCES

Victoria is home to Australia’s top chefs and restaurateurs and we believe that there is no other city in the world that can boast the diversity and quality of our food and wine.  Enjoy a hands-on cooking experience with one of Victoria’s leading chefs in Melbourne or in regional locations such as Daylesford, Mornington Peninsula or the Yarra Valley.

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DRIFT HOUSE, PORT FAIRY

Drift House is one of the latest additions to the Australian boutique accommodation landscape. Located right in the heart of the beautiful coastal town of Port Fairy in south-west Victoria, it sets a new standard of design for luxury accommodation – one that relates to the history of site and the place, but from a contemporary perspective.

Tours including Drift House, Port Fairy

Great Ocean Road (Signature 2-day tour)

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

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BRIGHTON BEACH BATHING BOXES

With a backdrop of the towering city skyline, the 82 colourful bathing boxes lining the foreshore at Brighton Beach represent one of the most recognisable and iconic vistas of Melbourne.

The boxes were built well over a century ago to preserve bather’s modesty in response to the notoriously strict Victorian code of morality and were a feature of beaches not only in Australia but also in England. The boxes are uniquely proportionate and uniform in scale and retain classic Victorian architectural features with timber framing, weatherboards, and corrugated iron roofs.  Each is painted in bright colours at the discretion of the owner

For several decades from the 1860’s Port Phillip Bay beaches and baths admitted the sexes at strictly different times.  By the 1890’s when the boxes were erected in earnest the scene on the open beach was mixed but still very prudish.  Historical photographs reveal women swimming in dresses and men wearing trousers and a waistcoat in the water.

It's hard to believe now, but in 1975 the famous bathing boxes were almost phased out.  Prone to vandalism and storm damage the boxes were derided as private structures on public land with the state government of the day directing that they be removed "wherever and whenever the opportunity arises". Today, they are protected by a Planning Scheme Heritage Overlay and are revered by international tourists and wedding photographers alike.  And the boxes have not been exempt from the massive residential boom that has swept Australia with one being sold in January 2016 for a record $285,000 ($215,000 USD).

To experience the beauty of the Brighton bathing boxes and capture that iconic vista of Melbourne, travel with Acacia on one of our private Melbourne tours.