Melbourne Laneways & Cycleways

A half-day walking and cycle tour of Melbourne

Stroll the cobblestones of Melbourne’s labyrinth of laneways and arcades before taking off on two-wheels past incredible architecture and iconic stadiums to immerse yourself in the eclectic inner-city neighbourhoods rich in heritage, creativity and colour.

Commence the tour on foot in Melbourne’s famed laneways and arcades. Browse the boutiques of Block and Royal Arcades, admire Hosier Lane’s urban art scene or simply take a moment to soak up the Continental energy and atmosphere of Centre Place.

Continuing to the intersection of Flinders Street Station and Federation Square you will be fitted with a light helmet and hybrid 21-speed bicycle and your expert guide will take you on an informative discovery of local neighbourhoods. Ride along the bank of the Yarra River to the home of the Australian Open tennis grand slam and iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Visit the trendy urban village of Fitzroy where the smells of fresh coffee drift from cafes, and music permeates from vinyl shops and second-hand stores.

Stop in at Melbourne’s ‘Little Italy’ for a coffee and spoil yourself with a gourmet treat at renowned Brunetti café before cycling the elegant Victorian-era streets of Carlton past the Royal Exhibition Building. Continue to the bustling Queen Victoria Market before concluding your tour at Federation Square.


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Highlights

  • Walking tour of Melbourne’s iconic Laneway’s and Arcades
  • Private cycle tour of Melbourne and its inner-city neighbourhoods
  • Morning tea at renowned Brunetti café

Inclusions

  • Private tour hosted by an expert local guide
  • Private 2-hour cycle tour with bicycle and helmet
  • Morning or Afternoon tea

Commence

09:00am (Morning) or 01:00pm (Afternoon) from your Melbourne hotel / address (Start time is flexible)

Duration

Approx. 4 – 5 hours



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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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.



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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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

Melbourne’s Lake Mountain Tour

A Lake Mountain day tour is the most easily reached snowfields adventure for families 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 before your Lake Mountain tour.

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.

Acacia can tailor your day to ensure your have the perfect Lake Mountain day tour from Melbourne.

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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
  • Option to tailor your Lake Mountain Day Tour


Inclusions

  • Private full-day Lake Mountain Day Tour
  • 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 Lake mountain tour departs at approx. 8:00am from your nominated Melbourne address



Ballarat and Sovereign Hill

Gold rush history at Sovereign Hill plus a visit to Ballarat Wildlife Park

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 as a humble sheep station, Ballarat’s fortunes were transformed just over a decade later with the discovery of gold.  Your guide will introduce you to the gripping 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.

In keeping with the historic theme, lunch is an inspired feast of locally sourced produce paired with fine wine in the superb glass roofed gallery at Craig’s Royal Hotel, Australia’s legendary gold rush-era hotel

After lunch admire the magnificent architecture funded by the great wealth drawn from the ground while wandering Ballarat’s wide streets before a visit to the intimate Ballarat Wildlife Park offering the opportunity to feed friendly Kangaroos and view Koalas, Dingos and other cuddly Australian animals.


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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
  • Lunch at the historic Craig’s Royal Hotel
  • Meet Australian animals at Ballarat Wildlife Park
  • Explore the historical city of Ballarat and it grand architectural heritage

Inclusions

  • Private tour hosted by an expert local guide
  • Entry to Sovereign Hill
  • Entry to Ballarat Wildlife Park
  • Lunch with beverages
  • Luxury vehicle with bottled water & travel snacks

Commence

09:00am from your Melbourne hotel/address

Duration

Up to 9-hours




Daylesford & Macedon Ranges

An elegant sojourn combining rural splendour with award-winning cuisine

Reignite your imagination with a visit to the rural landscape of the Macedon Ranges and historic village of Daylesford. Only 90 minutes from Melbourne, these regions are blessed with crisp mountain air, fertile volcanic soils and purifying mineral springs resulting in the production of some of Australia’s most highly prized artisanal product and premium wines.

Begin your journey to the Macedon Ranges with a visit to a place of great mystery and natural beauty, Hanging Rock.  Your guide will familiarise you with the curious story behind this rocky outcrop as depicted in novelist Joan Lindsay’s unnerving classic “Picnic at Hanging Rock”. Enjoy a personalised wine tasting at a leading winery before a relaxing journey through countryside to the quaint village of Daylesford, the heart of Australia’s ‘spa country’.

Nestled by a glistening lake and surrounded by towering gum trees and thick bushland, Daylesford is a peaceful escape replete with artists’ studios, cafes, and antique stores. The town’s heritage streetscape bursts with character, from the bluestones erected by early Swiss-Italian migrants to the historic legacy of the gold rush era.

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 Lavandula Swiss-Italian Farm, a local winery or browse Vincent Street’s charming galleries and boutiques before returning to Melbourne through picturesque countryside.


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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 wine tasting at a leading Macedon Ranges winery
  • Lunch at the renowned Lake House – one of Australia’s finest restaurants
  • Explore the quaint town of Daylesford, visit the Convent Gallery, or Lavandula Swiss Italian village

Inclusions

  • Private tour hosted by an expert local guide
  • Lunch at Lake House Restaurant (Your choice of menu)
  • All wine and/or produce tastings
  • Luxury vehicle with bottled water & travel snacks

Commence

09:00am from your Melbourne hotel/address

(Available Friday – Wednesday)

Duration

Up to 8-hours




Mornington Peninsula Wildlife Encounters

Exclusive wildlife encounters, gourmet produce and stunning coastal walks

Only an hour from Melbourne, the stunning coastal beaches and rolling hills of the Mornington Peninsula are home to many of Australia’s most beloved wildlife. Enjoy exclusive wildlife encounters before spending an afternoon sampling local wines and incredible gourmet delights the region is known for.

Your day begins with a visit to the Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park where you will meet the who’s who of Australian animals during an exclusive keeper-led experience. Hand feed kangaroos and wallabies, pet a koala, walk with dingos, feed furry little sugar gliders, and meet many more Australian animals.

Continue along winding roads lined with giant gum trees to one of the region’s leading vineyard restaurants, where you will enjoy lunch with picture perfect views over undulating vineyards.

As for the afternoon, your guide’s intimate knowledge of the region puts you in the perfect position to explore breezy seaside villages, discover gourmet delights in the Red Hill hinterland, walk rugged coastal tracks or perhaps sample boutique wines – the choice is yours.

On return to Melbourne, admire expansive views of Port Phillip Bay and Melbourne’s city skyline as you descend Arthurs Seat, the highest point of this beautiful region.


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Highlights

  • Exclusive keeper-led tour of Moonlit Sanctuary, including encounters with koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, dingos and more
  • Lunch at one of the region’s finest vineyard restaurants
  • Spectacular coastal and lighthouse walk at Cape Schanck
  • Explore breezy seaside villages with eclectic artists’ studios and boutique stores
  • Sample sublime wines and produce during vineyard and farm gate visits

Inclusions

  • Private tour hosted by an expert local guide
  • Exclusive keeper-led tour of Moonlit Sanctuary
  • Vineyard lunch with beverages
  • All wine and/or produce tastings
  • Luxury vehicle with bottled water & travel snacks

Commence

09:00am from your Melbourne hotel/address

Duration

Approx. 8-hours




Mornington Peninsula

Wineries, gourmet produce, busy bayside villages and stunning coastal walks

Regarded as Melbourne’s summer playground, there’s something magically transporting about the Mornington Peninsula. Only an hour’s drive from the city, it’s a place where vineyards meet the seaside – an idyllic haven that feels a world away.

Your Mornington Peninsula experience begins with a visit to the spectacular coastal boardwalks at Cape Schanck. Offering awe-inspiring vistas of the rugged coast, watch as waves pound the dramatically shaped Pulpit Rock. Breathe deep Cape Schanck’s pristine air which also acts as the world reference standard for “zero pollution”.

The region is home to more than fifty boutique wineries producing quality Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Shiraz. Visit one of the most awarded wineries for a structured tasting before settling in for lunch at esteemed Pt. Leo or Port Phillip Estates.

As for the afternoon, your guide’s intimate knowledge of the region puts you in the perfect position to explore breezy seaside villages, discover gourmet delights in the Red Hill hinterland, continue to sample boutique wines or perhaps see Australian wildlife at Moonlit Sanctuary – the choice is yours.

On return to Melbourne, admire expansive views of Port Phillip Bay and Melbourne’s city skyline as you descend Arthurs Seat, the highest point of this beautiful region.


Optional Additions

Visit Moonlit Sanctuary

Just 60-mins from Melbourne on the Mornington Peninsula, Moonlit Sanctuary is an award-winning wildlife and conservation park where you can get up-close at Australia’s amazing wildlife.  Hand feed kangaroos and wallabies, pet friendly koalas and enjoy encounters with colourful birds, reptiles, dingoes and many other animals.

Ride Arthurs Seat Eagle

Soar the heights of the Mornington Peninsula with scenic views across Port Phillip Bay towards Melbourne, around the coast and beyond.
Gliding quietly through the sky in a gondola at Arthurs Seat Eagle, you could be forgiven for thinking you’ve been transported a million miles away, rather than one hour’s drive from Melbourne.

Swim with Dolphins and Seals

Join a 3-hour snorkel adventure with resident Bottlenose Dolphins, swim alongside cheeky Australian Fur Seals, explore underwater marine parks filled with colourful fish and join the search for weedy sea dragons.

Relax at the Peninsula Hot Springs

Immerse yourself in natural thermal mineral waters which flow from deep underground into pools and private baths at Peninsula Hot Springs. Awaken your senses and nourish your soul in nature.


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Highlights

  • Spectacular coastal and lighthouse walk at Cape Schanck
  • Wine tasting at boutique Mornington Peninsula wineries tailored to suit your taste
  • Explore breezy seaside villages with eclectic artists’ studios and boutique stores
  • Lunch at one of the region’s finest vineyard restaurants
  • Sample sublime produce during farm gate visits

Inclusions

  • Private tour hosted by an expert local guide
  • All wine and/or produce tastings
  • Vineyard lunch with beverages
  • Moonlit Sanctuary or Arthurs Seat Eagle (Optional)
  • Luxury vehicle with bottled water & travel snacks

Commence

09:00am from your Melbourne hotel/address

(Start time is flexible)

Duration

Up to 8-hours




Phillip Island & Helicopter Journey

Indulge with a scenic one-way flight to Phillip Island

Take a private helicopter to the tiny island of pristine white beaches and incredible wildlife. A day of luxury and excitement meeting native wildlife, exploring rugged clifftops and seeing the world-famous penguin parade.

Beginning in the heart of Melbourne board your private helicopter. Following a spectacular ascent through a canyon of skyscrapers, fly high over metropolitan Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula before touching down on the island.

Visit the Koala Conservation Centre to wander treetop walkways offering superb eye-level viewing of Australia’s most-loved and cuddly marsupial. Keep an eye out for resident wallabies and echidna’s that can often be spotted in the surrounding bushland.

Stroll the boardwalks around The Nobbies absorbing coastal views at lookout points set amongst natural sea bird gardens. Be transfixed by the thundering blowhole and keep your eyes out for a daylight sighting of the Little Penguins. As the sun begins to set, the journey continues along the Summerland Peninsula toward the Penguin Parade visitor centre. Travel off-road along the rugged island coastline and spot wild wallabies and Cape Barren geese as they graze at dusk.

Prior to the arrival of the penguins, join a local ranger who will lead you on an intimate and informative journey through the penguin colony then take your seat away from the crowds in the wonderfully located beachfront viewing stand offering superb viewing of the penguins emerging from the water and crossing the beach. Watch in awe as members of the 32,000 strong Penguin colony waddle their way to their nests.

Dinner will be served in popular seaside village of Cowes at a favourite local restaurant serving a palette-pleasing menu that demonstrates the freshest seasonal produce the island and its surrounds have to offer.


Penguin Viewing Options

1) GUIDED RANGER TOUR (Min age 12 years)

Join your ranger guide for an informative journey through the penguin colony, enjoying their commentary via your personal headset. Take your seat in the beachfront viewing stand offering intimate viewing of the penguins emerging from the water and crossing the beach.

Best for: A more intimate and educational experience. Maximum: 10 per group.

2) UNDERGROUND VIEWING

Get an eye-level view of the Little penguins in the unique Underground viewing experience. Enjoy up-close viewing of the Little penguins waddling along the Parade’s most popular pathway through an underground viewing window.

Best for: Cooler months, families, mobility impaired. Maximum: 70 guests.

3) PENGUINS PLUS

The Penguins Plus viewing platform offers visitors up-close viewing of the little penguins as they waddle along the most popular pathway at the Penguin Parade.

Best for: Affordable premium viewing option for all ages. Maximum: 300 guests.


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Highlights

  • Scenic 35-minute helicopter flight from Melbourne to Phillip Island
  • Wander tree top boardwalks for up-close viewing at the Koala Conservation Centre
  • Premium viewing of the 32,000 strong penguin colony parading along the beach
  • Explore the rugged coastline and cliff top boardwalks of The Nobbies and the Summerland Peninsula
  • Spot Wallabies and native Cape Barren Geese
  • Explore the displays at the Penguin Parade visitor centre and discover more about Phillip Island’s little penguins

Inclusions

  • Private tour hosted by an expert local guide
  • Private 35-minute helicopter flight (Melbourne – Phillip Island) including vehicle transfer to helipad
  • Entry to the Koala Conservation Centre
  • Phillip Island Penguin Parade (Your choice of viewing option)
  • Dinner with beverages
  • Luxury vehicle with bottled water & travel snacks

Commence

Approx. 02:00pm

Tour departs from your Melbourne hotel / address

Duration

Approx. 7 – 8 hours




Phillip Island Wildlife Encounters

The ultimate tour for encounters with Australian wildlife

Your day begins with a visit to the Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park where you will meet the who’s who of Australian animals during an exclusive keeper-led experience. Hand feed kangaroos and wallabies, pet a koala, walk with dingos, feed furry little sugar gliders, and meet many more Australian animals.

Stroll the boardwalks around The Nobbies absorbing coastal views at lookout points set amongst natural sea bird gardens. Be transfixed by the thundering blowhole and keep your eyes out for a daylight sighting of the Little Penguins. As the sun begins to set, the journey continues along the Summerland Peninsula toward the Penguin Parade visitor centre. Travel off-road along the rugged island coastline and spot wild wallabies and Cape Barren geese as they graze at dusk.

Prior to the arrival of the Little Penguins, take an informative journey through the penguin colony then take your seat away from the crowds in the wonderfully located beachfront viewing stand offering superb viewing of the penguins emerging from the water and crossing the beach.

Dinner will be served in popular seaside village of Cowes at a favourite local restaurant serving a palette-pleasing menu that demonstrates the freshest seasonal produce the island and its surrounds have to offer.


Penguin Viewing Options

1) GUIDED RANGER TOUR (Min age 12 years)

Join your ranger guide for an informative journey through the penguin colony, enjoying their commentary via your personal headset. Take your seat in the beachfront viewing stand offering intimate viewing of the penguins emerging from the water and crossing the beach.

Best for: A more intimate and educational experience. Maximum: 10 per group.

2) UNDERGROUND VIEWING

Get an eye-level view of the Little penguins in the unique Underground viewing experience. Enjoy up-close viewing of the Little penguins waddling along the Parade’s most popular pathway through an underground viewing window.

Best for: Cooler months, families, mobility impaired. Maximum: 70 guests.

3) PENGUINS PLUS

The Penguins Plus viewing platform offers visitors up-close viewing of the little penguins as they waddle along the most popular pathway at the Penguin Parade.

Best for: Affordable premium viewing option for all ages. Maximum: 300 guests.


Make an enquiry


Highlights

  • Exclusive keeper-led tour of Moonlit Sanctuary, including encounters with koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, dingos and more
  • Premium viewing of the 32,000 strong penguin colony parading along the beach
  • Explore the rugged coastline and cliff top boardwalks of The Nobbies and the Summerland Peninsula
  • Spot Wallabies and native Cape Barren Geese
  • Explore the displays at the Penguin Parade visitor centre and discover more about Phillip Island’s little penguins

Inclusions

  • Private tour hosted by an expert local guide
  • Exclusive keeper-led tour of Moonlit Sanctuary
  • Phillip Island Penguin Parade (Your choice of viewing option)
  • Dinner with beverages
  • Luxury vehicle with bottled water & travel snacks


Commence

11:00am (05 April 2020 – 03 October 2020)

12:00pm (04 October 2020 – 04 April 2021)

Tour departs from your Melbourne hotel/address


Duration

Approx. 11 – 12 hours