Great Ocean Road & Grampians (3-Day)

Combine Victoria’s Great Ocean Road and the great sandstone mountains of the Grampians National Park.

Western Victoria’s Great Ocean Road and the great sandstone mountains of the Grampians National Park are two of the state’s most spectacular regions.  Combining these regions in a multi-day tour presents guests with the ultimate road trip offering diverse scenery, wildlife, and leading food and wine experiences.

The first day of your three-day journey traces the full length of one of the world’s most spectacular coastal touring routes, the Great Ocean Road.  Expect to be awed by azure surf beaches dotted with appealing seaside hamlets, the verdant rainforest interlude of the Great Otway National Park, and the iconic vistas of the Shipwreck Coast including the breathtaking 12 Apostles.  Arriving in the charming maritime village of Port Fairy, guests will enjoy a memorable overnight stopover at the boutique designer retreat, Drift House.

The next morning take the time to uncover history in every corner of historic Port Fairy boasting wide streets lined with nineteenth century cottages, great Norfolk pines and old stone churches. Your journey then takes you inland to the quaint rural town of Dunkeld in the southern Grampians National Park.  The striking peaks of Mount Abrupt and Sturgeon loom over this township which is renowned for hiking, wildlife, and one of Victoria’s finest regional restaurants, Wickens at the Royal Mail Hotel, where guests will enjoy a 5-course degustation and overnight lodging.

The natural mountainous beauty of the Grampians National Park is showcased to its fullest extent on day three.  With something suitable for all ages and abilities, hike a mountain trail to one of the jaw-dropping scenic lookouts.  Be sure to keep an eye out for the locals – kangaroos, koalas, and echidnas.  After a picnic lunch with kangaroos, a visit to one of regions esteemed wineries for a well-earned glass of sparkling wine seems a befitting end to this magnificent journey.

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

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UrbanHistory & HeritageCoastalFamilyNature & WildlifeAcacia GoldFood & WineMulti-day

Highlights

Day 1:

  • Bells Beach – Australia’s most famous surf break
  • Observe koalas in the wild at Kennett River
  • Gourmet lunch with beverages at La Bimba, Apollo Bay
  • The Great Otway National Park
  • Port Campbell National Park – The Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, and other highlight
  • Boutique lodging at Drift House, Port Fairy

Day 2:

  • Explore the quaint maritime village of Port Fairy
  • Tower Hill Reserve – Extinct volcano and wildlife reserve
  • The rural township of Dunkeld located at the foot of Mount Sturgeon
  • Explore the Southern Grampians National Park
  • Sumptuous dinner at Wicken’s at Royal Mail Hotel
  • Overnight in a Deluxe Mountain View room at Royal Mail Hotel

Day 3:

  • Discover the culture of the Aboriginal communities at Brambuk Cultural Centre
  • Soak up the panoramic views on the Balconies Hike
  • Picnic lunch with Kangaroos
  • Wine tasting at Seppelt, Great Western vineyard
  • Visit the historic gold-rush city of Ballarat


Inclusions

  • Daily morning tea
  • Lunches on days 1 and 3
  • 5-course dinner at Wicken’s Royal Mail Hotel (Excludes beverages)
  • Accommodation at Drift House (Day 1) Incl. breakfast
  • Accommodation at Royal Mail Hotel (Day 2) Incl. breakfast
  • Wine tasting
  • Professional driver guide
  • Private luxury vehicle (Wi-Fi and power recharge enabled)
  • National Park fees
  • Bottled water, travel snacks & amenities


Duration

This 3 day / 2 night tour departs at 8:00am from your nominated Melbourne hotel / 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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MelbourneDaylesford and Macedon RangesGreat Ocean RoadGoldfieldsPhilip IslandSnowfieldsYarra Valley & Dandenong RangesKing Valley & High CountryMornington PeninsulaGrampians

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

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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 Wildlife Encounters

Mornington Peninsula Wildlife Encounters

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. We’ll 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.

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Which regions are you interested in?

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

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UrbanHistory & HeritageCoastalFamilyNature & WildlifeAcacia GoldFood & WineMulti-day

Highlights

  • Exclusive two-hour keeper-led tour of Moonlit Sanctuary, including animal encounters with koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, dingos, and other native fauna. Exceptional two-course fine dining lunch with beverages
  • Tailored wine tasting and farm gate experiences


Inclusions

  • Exclusive two-hour keeper-led tour of Moonlit Sanctuary
  • All wine and produce tastings
  • Morning 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 8-hour tour departs at 9:00am 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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MelbourneDaylesford and Macedon RangesGreat Ocean RoadGoldfieldsPhilip IslandSnowfieldsYarra Valley & Dandenong RangesKing Valley & High CountryMornington PeninsulaGrampians

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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



Mornington Peninsula Private Tour

Mornington Peninsula Private Tour

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.

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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

  • Ride the Arthurs Seat Eagle, a state-of-the art gondola transporting you to the highest point on the Mornington Peninsula
  • 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 at one of the region’s best vineyard restaurants
  • Tailored wine tasting and farm gate experiences
  • Optional visit to Moonlit Sanctuary, Ashcombe Maze and Lavender Gardens, or other attractions


Inclusions

  • Exclusive winemaker-led tour and tasting experience
  • All wine and produce tastings
  • 2-course lunch with beverages (local beer, wine, soft-drinks)
  • Arthurs Seat Eagle
  • Optional visit to Moonlit Sanctuary, Ashcombe Maze and Lavender Gardens, or other attractions
  • Professional driver guide
  • Private luxury vehicle (wifi 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



Phillip Island Wildlife Encounters

Phillip Island Wildlife Encounters

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, we’ll 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.

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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

  • Exclusive two-hour keeper-led tour of Moonlit Sanctuary including animal encounters with koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, dingos, python, tawny frogmouth, glider, and rainbow lorikeets.
  • 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
  • Wander the cliff top boardwalks at the Nobbies Centre and look for the Australian fur seals and migrating whales
  • Gourmet dinner with beverages at the region’s best rest


Inclusions

  • Exclusive two-hour keeper-led tour of Moonlit Sanctuary
  • Penguin Parade – Guide Ranger Tour and viewing (12yrs +)
  • Afternoon tea
  • Two-course dinner with beverages (local beer, wine, soft-drinks)
  • Professional driver guide
  • Private luxury vehicle (Wi-Fi and power recharge enabled)
  • Bottled water


Duration

This 10 to 11-hour tour departs at approx. 12:30pm (summer), 11:30am (winter) from your nominated Melbourne address



Phillip Island Private Tour

Phillip Island Private Tour

With pristine white beaches and iconic wildlife experiences, there is so much to see and do on this Phillip Island Penguin Parade tour, 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’ll 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, home of Australia’s largest Australian fur seal colony.

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.

Your Phillip Island tour will conclude with a comfortable return to journey to Melbourne.

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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

  • Phillip Island Penguin Parade (Guided Ranger Tour and viewing)
  • Explore the displays at the Penguin Parade visitor centre and discover more about Phillip Island’s little penguins
  • Wander tree top boardwalks for superb up-close koala viewing at the Koala Conservation Centre
  • Visit a local winery – sip wine and graze on local cheeses
  • Stroll Cape Woolamai surf beach
  • Explore the rugged coastline along the cliff top boardwalks at the Nobbies Centre and look for the Australian fur seals and migrating whales
  • Gourmet dinner at one of the region’s best restaurants


Inclusions

  • Phillip Island Penguin Parade – Guided Ranger Tour and viewing (12yrs +)
  • Koala Conservation Centre
  • Wine and produce tastings (optional)
  • Afternoon tea
  • Two-course 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 to 10-hour tour departs at approx. 2:00pm (summer), 1:00pm (winter) from your nominated Melbourne address


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Phillip Island Penguin Parade Express

Phillip Island Penguin Parade Express

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 Penguin Parade 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 marvellous 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.

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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

  • Phillip Island Penguin Parade Tour (Underground viewing)
  • Explore the displays at the Penguin Parade visitor centre and discover more about Phillip Island’s little penguins
  • Explore the rugged coastline along the cliff top boardwalks at the Nobbies Centre and look for the Australian fur seals and migrating whales


Inclusions

  • Phillip Island Penguin Parade Tour (Underground viewing)
  • Evening snack and beverage
  • Professional driver guide
  • Private luxury vehicle (Wi-Fi and power recharge enabled)
  • Bottled water


Duration

This 6 to 7-hour tour departs at approx. 4:00pm (summer), 2:00pm (winter) from your nominated Melbourne address