Australia's Greatest Golf Courses

A day of golf at one of Melbourne's famous Sandbelt courses

The iconic sandbelt region of Melbourne boasts a fabulous group of golf courses that epitomise the golden age of golf architecture.

These highly ranked layouts are ideally located just a short drive from Melbourne’s central business district and conveniently located within a short distance of each other.

A rich vein of sandy loam subsoil in the region provides the rare opportunity to construct incredible green complexes defended by bunkers with quite heavy lips, while the fairways are covered with a base grass of couch noted for its firmness and year-round vibrancy.

Acacia Luxury Private Tours can arrange the perfect Australian golfing experience with access to Australia’s leading courses, luxury vehicle or helicopter transfers, sightseeing and lunch at leading restaurants.


ROYAL MELBOURNE (Australia #1 World #6)

Recognised as one of the leading golf clubs in Australia with two of the pre-eminent golf courses in the world.
West Course: Length: 6077m, Par 72
Designer: Dr Alister MacKenzie
East Course: Length: 6007 m, Par 71
Designer: Alex Russell


KINGSTON HEATH (Australia #3 World #19)

One of the jewels in the Melbourne Sandbelt, Kingston Heath enjoys an enviable reputation for its superb conditioning all year round.
Course length: 6352m, Par: 72
Designers: Dan Soutar & Alister MacKenzie


VICTORIA (Australia #11 World #94)

Victoria offers a golfing experience on par with the world’s best. The beautifully landscaped course is designed to challenge both the amateur and professional golfer.
Course length: 6278m, Par: 72
Designers: Oscar Damman & Bill Meader, with Dr Alister MacKenzie.
Currently – Ogilvy Clayton Golf Design


METROPOLITAN (Australia #12)

For almost a century Metropolitan Golf Club has been regarded as one of the finest championship courses in Australia.
Course length: 6430m, Par: 72
Designers: J B MacKenzie (original)
Dr Alister MacKenzie, Peter Thomson (previous modifications)
Ogilvy Clayton Golf Design (current)


COMMONWEALTH (Australia #19)

Commonwealth is revered for its challenging driving holes and subtle sloping greens which call for accurate shot making when playing from the fairway.
Course length: 6380m, par: 73
Designers: Sam Bennett, Charles Lane & Sloan Morpeth


PENINSULA KINGSWOOD (Australia #20)

The South course is known as one of Australia’s toughest championship courses.
The North has recently come into its own after remodelling.
South course length: 6321m, Par: 72 North course length: 6124m, Par: 72
Designers: Original: Sloan Morpeth
Current: Ogilvy Clayton Golf Design


YARRA YARRA (Australia #34)

Since 1898, Yarra Yarra has been a part of Melbourne’s history. Walk the fairways and corridors and enjoy an experience with the spirits of great amateurs and professionals who have gone before.
Course length: 6102m, Par: 72
Designers: Original: Alex Russell. Current: Dr Martin Hawtree


HUNTINGDALE (Australia #46)

One of Australia’s premier championship golf courses.
Consistently rated as one of the best conditioned courses in the country.
Huntingdale is also the Sandbelt’s youngest.
Course length: 6363m, Par: 72
Designer: C.H. Alison


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Which regions are you interested in?

MelbourneDaylesford and Macedon RangesGreat Ocean RoadGoldfieldsPhilip IslandSnowfieldsYarra Valley & Dandenong RangesKing Valley & High CountryMornington PeninsulaGrampians

Which experience types are you interested in?

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Inclusions

  • Access to Melbourne’s famed Sandbelt Golf Courses
  • Cart and club hire
  • Professional driver guide
  • Private luxury vehicle (Wi-Fi and power recharge enabled)
  • Bottled water


Need to Know

  • Most courses require guests to provide a letter of introduction from their member course
  • Medical certificates may be required


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Mount Buller & Helicopter Journey

Mount Buller & Helicopter Journey

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. We’ll transport you 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.

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Which regions are you interested in?

MelbourneDaylesford and Macedon RangesGreat Ocean RoadGoldfieldsPhilip IslandSnowfieldsYarra Valley & Dandenong RangesKing Valley & High CountryMornington PeninsulaGrampians

Which experience types are you interested in?

UrbanHistory & HeritageCoastalFamilyNature & WildlifeAcacia GoldFood & WineMulti-day

Highlights

  • Arrive on Mount Buller in style via a private 60-minute helicopter transfer from central Melbourne
  • Full day of snow play or skiing on Mount Buller
  • Two-course lunch with beverages on the Mountain


Inclusions

  • Private helicopter flight (one-way 60-minutes)
  • Mountain entry
  • Lift pass and toboggan hire
  • Morning tea
  • Two-course lunch with beverages (beer, wine, soft-drinks)
  • Professional driver guide
  • Private luxury touring and transfer vehicles (Wi-Fi and power recharge enabled)
  • Bottled water


Duration

This 10 to 12-hour tour departs at 7:00am from your nominated Melbourne address 



Daylesford Spa Indulgence

Daylesford Spa Indulgence

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 & 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.

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Which regions are you interested in?

MelbourneDaylesford and Macedon RangesGreat Ocean RoadGoldfieldsPhilip IslandSnowfieldsYarra Valley & Dandenong RangesKing Valley & High CountryMornington PeninsulaGrampians

Which experience types are you interested in?

UrbanHistory & HeritageCoastalFamilyNature & WildlifeAcacia GoldFood & WineMulti-day

Highlights

  • Indulge in the Signature Bliss Spa experience at the award-winning Salus Spa at Lake House
  • Three-course fine dining lunch at the renowned Lake House – one of Australia’s most-treasured restaurants
  • Explore the quaint town of Daylesford, visit the Convent gallery, or Lavendula Swiss-Italian Farm


Inclusions

  • Salus Signature Bliss Spa Experience
  • Three-course lunch at Daylesford’s Lake House restaurant with beverages (local beer, wine, soft-drinks)
  • All wine and produce tastings
  • Afternoon tea
  • Professional driver guide
  • Private luxury vehicle (Wi-Fi and power recharge enabled)
  • Bottled water


Duration

This 8 to 9-hour tour departs at 9:00am from your nominated Melbourne address 



Mornington Peninsula Spa Indulgence

Mornington Peninsula Spa Indulgence

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.

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Which regions are you interested in?

MelbourneDaylesford and Macedon RangesGreat Ocean RoadGoldfieldsPhilip IslandSnowfieldsYarra Valley & Dandenong RangesKing Valley & High CountryMornington PeninsulaGrampians

Which experience types are you interested in?

UrbanHistory & HeritageCoastalFamilyNature & WildlifeAcacia GoldFood & WineMulti-day

Highlights

  • Relax in natural thermal mineral waters at the award-winning Peninsula Hot Springs
  • Meet the winemaker and experience a working vineyard at one of the Mornington Peninsula’s most experimental boutique wineries
  • Exceptional two-course fine dining lunch with beverages
  • Tailored wine tasting and farm gate experiences


Inclusions

  • Entry to Peninsula Hot Springs
  • Exclusive winemaker-led tasting experience
  • Optional visit to Arthurs Seat Eagle chairlift, Ashcombe Maze and Lavender Gardens, or other attractions
  • All wine and produce tastings
  • Morning and afternoon tea
  • Two-course lunch with beverages (local beer, wine, soft-drinks)
  • Professional driver guide
  • Private luxury vehicle (Wi-Fi and power recharge enabled)
  • Bottled water


Duration

This 9 to 10-hour tour departs from 9:00am from your nominated Melbourne address



Mornington Peninsula & Helicopter Journey

Mornington Peninsula & Helicopter Journey

Acacia’s Mornington Peninsula & 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, 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.

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Which regions are you interested in?

MelbourneDaylesford and Macedon RangesGreat Ocean RoadGoldfieldsPhilip IslandSnowfieldsYarra Valley & Dandenong RangesKing Valley & High CountryMornington PeninsulaGrampians

Which experience types are you interested in?

UrbanHistory & HeritageCoastalFamilyNature & WildlifeAcacia GoldFood & WineMulti-day

Highlights

  • Private and scenic 30-minute flight from the Mornington Peninsula to central Melbourne
  • Meet the winemaker and experience a working vineyard at one of the Mornington Peninsula’s most experimental boutique wineries
  • Tailored wine tasting and farm gate experiences
  • Exceptional two-course fine dining lunch with beverages


Inclusions

  • Exclusive winemaker-led tour and tasting experience
  • Private helicopter flight (One-way 30-minutes)
  • All wine and produce tastings
  • Two-course lunch with beverages (local beer, wine, soft-drinks)
  • Professional driver guide
  • Private luxury touring and transfer vehicles (Wi-Fi and power recharge enabled)
  • Bottled water


Duration

This 6 to 7-hour tour departs from 10:00am from your nominated Melbourne address



Mornington Peninsula Epicurean

Mornington Peninsula Epicurean

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 & 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 their award-winning restaurant.

The afternoon will see you meet local growers, farmers, and artisan producers, sampling their gourmet delights along the way.

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Which regions are you interested in?

MelbourneDaylesford and Macedon RangesGreat Ocean RoadGoldfieldsPhilip IslandSnowfieldsYarra Valley & Dandenong RangesKing Valley & High CountryMornington PeninsulaGrampians

Which experience types are you interested in?

UrbanHistory & HeritageCoastalFamilyNature & WildlifeAcacia GoldFood & WineMulti-day

Highlights

  • A private guided exploration of Montalto Estate Winery & Olive Grove, the ultimate foodie destination comprising of a working vineyard and olive grove, kitchen gardens, fruit orchard and berry plantation. Included is a private wine tasting and a stunning three-course lunch with matching wine, showcasing Montalto’s estate-to-plate philosophy
  • Meet the winemaker and experience a working vineyard at one of the Mornington Peninsula’s most experimental boutique wineries
  • Farm gate experiences sampling gourmet cheeses, olive oil, salumi, cider, and more


Inclusions

  • Exclusive Montalto Winery & Olive Grove food experience
  • Three-course lunch with matching wines
  • All wine and produce tastings
  • Professional driver guide
  • Private luxury vehicle (Wi-Fi and power recharge enabled)
  • Bottled water


Duration

This 8-hour tour departs at 9:00am from your nominated Melbourne address



Phillip Island & Helicopter Journey

Phillip Island & Helicopter Journey

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’ll 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.

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Which regions are you interested in?

MelbourneDaylesford and Macedon RangesGreat Ocean RoadGoldfieldsPhilip IslandSnowfieldsYarra Valley & Dandenong RangesKing Valley & High CountryMornington PeninsulaGrampians

Which experience types are you interested in?

UrbanHistory & HeritageCoastalFamilyNature & WildlifeAcacia GoldFood & WineMulti-day

Highlights

  • Private scenic helicopter flight from Melbourne to Phillip Island
  • Regional wine and cheese tastings
  • Penguin Parade (Guide Ranger Tour and viewing)
  • Explore the displays at the Penguin Parade visitor centre and discover more about Phillip Island’s little penguins
  • Gourmet dinner of local produce with beverages


Inclusions

  • Private helicopter flight (One-way 30-minutes)
  • Penguin Parade – Guide Ranger Tour and viewing (12yrs +)
  • Koala Conservation Centre
  • Afternoon tea
  • Dinner with beverages (local beer, wine, soft-drinks)
  • Professional driver guide
  • Private luxury vehicle (Wi-Fi and power recharge enabled)
  • Bottled water


Duration

This 9-hour tour departs at approx. 12:30pm from your nominated Melbourne address



Yarra Valley & Helicopter Journey

Yarra Valley & Helicopter Journey

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.

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Which regions are you interested in?

MelbourneDaylesford and Macedon RangesGreat Ocean RoadGoldfieldsPhilip IslandSnowfieldsYarra Valley & Dandenong RangesKing Valley & High CountryMornington PeninsulaGrampians

Which experience types are you interested in?

UrbanHistory & HeritageCoastalFamilyNature & WildlifeAcacia GoldFood & WineMulti-day

Highlights

  • Wine tasting at some of the finest Yarra Valley wineries selected to suit your preference
  • Two-course lunch with beverages at Ezard @ Levantine Hill – one of Victoria’s finest regional restaurants
  • A tasting of five Levantine Hill wines from the Coldstream Guard range, Estate range and Family Paddock range.
  • Taste the Yarra Valley’s finest produce during a visit to a local, dairy, distillery, or brewery
  • Scenic return flight to Melbourne in private helicopter.


Inclusions

  • Private helicopter flight (one-way, 20-minutes)
  • Two-course lunch with beverages (local beer, wine, soft-drinks)
  • All wine and produce tastings
  • Professional driver guide
  • Private luxury touring and transfer vehicles (Wi-Fi and power recharge enabled)
  • Bottled water


Duration

This 6 to 7-hour tour departs from 10:00am from your nominated Melbourne address



Balloon, Barista, & Breakfast

Balloon, Barista, & Breakfast

Any Melburnian who finds themselves up at the crack of dawn is instantly rewarded by the serene beauty of witnessing a flotilla of hot air balloons blissfully sailing in the brilliantly-hued, sunrise sky.

On this morning, it will be you they’re gazing up at. Acacia will collect you from your hotel while it’s still dark but soon your weary eyes will have forgotten any semblance of sleep. Step into the basket and it’s up, up, and away. Trace the glittering bend of the Yarra River as you soar high above Melbourne’s dazzling city skyline while the sun slowly comes out to play.

By the time you’ve drifted back down to terra firma your tummy will be rumbling. Have no fear sky-high adventurer. We’ll introduce you to one of Melbourne’s pioneering cafes, St Ali. Nestled on a backstreet of historic South Melbourne, home to one of the city’s thriving markets, St Ali almost single-handedly kick-started the caffeine obsession for which the city is celebrated world-over.

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Which regions are you interested in?

MelbourneDaylesford and Macedon RangesGreat Ocean RoadGoldfieldsPhilip IslandSnowfieldsYarra Valley & Dandenong RangesKing Valley & High CountryMornington PeninsulaGrampians

Which experience types are you interested in?

UrbanHistory & HeritageCoastalFamilyNature & WildlifeAcacia GoldFood & WineMulti-day

Highlights

  • Watch the sunrise over the spectacular Melbourne skyline
  • Take a bird’s eye view of Melbourne’s stunning parks and gardens and grand thoroughfares
  • Breakfast and coffee at Melbourne’s St Ali – the café that supercharged Melbourne’s coffee culture for which it is globally recognised
  • Sample produce at one of Melbourne’s famed inner-city markets


Inclusions

  • Sunrise balloon flight
  • Full a-la-carte ‘Melbourne-style’ breakfast with coffee
  • Produce tasting at a Melbourne inner city markets
  • Professional driver guide
  • Private luxury vehicle (Wi-Fi and power recharge enabled)
  • Bottled water


Duration

This 6-hour tour departs approx. two-hours prior to sunrise from your nominated Melbourne address. The exact pick-up time is confirmed the evening prior to the tour.