King Valley & High Country (2-Day)

Wander off the beaten path for intimate experiences on this gastronomic adventure

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’ll enjoy a picnic in their beautiful gardens after a cheese-matched wine tasting. From there, take your pick of the neighbouring vineyards.

Once you’ve 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.

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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

  • Exclusive and private structured cellar door wine tasting paired with local cheeses and produce at Pizzini Wines followed by a gourmet picnic lunch in the cellar door garden
  • Enjoy the best of Australian sparkling wine visiting wineries on “Prosecco Road”
  • An exquisite two-course dinner at the highly-acclaimed Provenance restaurant
  • Overnight at the luxury lodging of Albertine’s Beechworth
  • Explore historic Beechworth – a remarkably well preserved and picture-perfect gold-mining town
  • A visit to the high-country township of Bright – perfect in any season
  • Lunch and wine tasting at Feathertop Winery, Bright


Inclusions

  • Exclusive wine and cheese tasting
  • All wine and produce tastings
  • Morning teas
  • Day 1: Picnic lunch with beverages
  • Two-course dinner with beverages (local beer, wine, soft-drinks)
  • Overnight accommodation with continental breakfast at Albertine’s Beechworth
  • Day 2: 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 2-day tour departs from 8:00am from your nominated Melbourne address.



Grampians Walks, Wildlife, & Wine

Grampians Walks, Wildlife, & Wine

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 we’ll whisk you away to Dunkeld, a picturesque town nestled in 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’ll 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.

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

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Highlights

  • Enjoy stunning Southern Grampian vistas in Dunkeld
  • Overnight at the highly acclaimed Royal Mail Hotel with gourmet five-course degustation dinner
  • Visit to Brambuck cultural centre to learn more of the regions significant aboriginal heritage
  • For the active, hike to the Pinnacle for an unsurpassed view of the Grampians
  • Visit Sovereign Hill or the Ballarat Wildlife Park
  • Picnic lunch with friendly kangaroos in Zumsteins
  • Wine tasting at the historic Seppelt Great Western winery – home to Australia’s finest sparkling shiraz


Inclusions

  • All wine and produce tastings
  • National Park fees
  • Daily Two-course lunch with beverages (beer, wine, soft-drinks)
  • Overnight accommodation at the Royal Mail Hotel
  • Five-course dinner with beverages (beer, wine, soft-drinks)
  • Sovereign Hill entry or Ballarat Wildlife Park entry
  • Professional driver guide
  • Private luxury vehicle (Wi-Fi and power recharge enabled)
  • Bottled water


Duration

This 2-day / 1-night tour departs from 9:00am from your nominated Melbourne address



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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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

  • 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 



Mount Buller Private Tour

Mount Buller Private Tour

Standing just over 1,800 metres high, much-loved Snowfield destination, Mount Buller encompasses 300 hectares with the longest run stretching to 2.5 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.

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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

  • Enjoy the scenic rural and alpine drive to the ski resort of Mount Buller – the most popular and sophisticated ski resort in Victoria
  • Full day of snow play or skiing on Mount Buller
  • Two-course lunch with beverages on the Mountain


Inclusions

  • Mountain entry
  • Lift pass and toboggan hire
  • 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 12 to 13-hour tour departs at 7:00am from your nominated Melbourne address



Lake Mountain Private Tour

Lake Mountain Private Tour

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.

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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

  • Tour through the undulating Yarra Valley and spectacular mountain ash forests of the Yarra Ranges to reach Lake Mountain
  • Snow play and tobogganing on Lake Mountain – perfect for all the family
  • Two-course lunch on the Mountain
  • Farm gate or cellar door tasting in the beautiful Yarra Valley en route back to Melbourne


Inclusions

  • Mountain Entry
  • Toboggan Hire
  • Wine and produce tastings (Optional)
  • 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 9-hour tour departs at approx. 8:00am from your nominated Melbourne address



Ballarat and Sovereign Hill Private Tour

Ballarat and Sovereign Hill Private Tour

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.

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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

  • Visit Sovereign Hill – Australia’s largest open-air museum depicting life in 1850’s Ballarat soon after the discovery of gold
  • Pan for real gold in Red Hill gully
  • Two-course lunch at the historic Craig’s Royal Hotel
  • Optional visit to Ballarat Wildlife Park
  • Explore the historical city of Ballarat and it grand architectural heritage


Inclusions

  • Sovereign Hill entry
  • Ballarat Wildlife Park entry
  • 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 9-hour tour departs at 9:00am from your nominated Melbourne address



Daylesford & Macedon Ranges Private Tour

Daylesford & Macedon Ranges Private Tour

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, our 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’ll 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.

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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

  • Visit mysterious Hanging Rock and learn of its Aboriginal significance and the eerie happenings fictionalised in Joan Lindsay’s classic novel Picnic at Hanging Rock
  • Enjoy awarded sparkling wine tasting at Hanging Rock Winery
  • Three-course fine dining at the renowned Lake House – one of Australia’s finest restaurants
  • Explore the quaint town of Daylesford, visit the Convent Gallery, or Lavendula Swiss Italian village


Inclusions

  • Three-course lunch at the Lake House restaurant with beverages (local beer, wine, soft-drinks)
  • Hanging Rock Park entry fees
  • All wine and produce tastings
  • Morning / afternoon tea
  • 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 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

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, 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 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