Great Ocean Road & Grampians (3-Day Tour)

A three-day road trip combining the Great Ocean Road with the rugged beauty of the Grampians National Park

The rugged coastline of Great Ocean Road and great sandstone mountains of the Grampians National Park are two of the Australia’s most spectacular regions. The diverse scenery, native wildlife, and incredible food and wine experiences from the coast to the mountains provide the ultimate three-day Australian road trip.

Your journey begins tracing the full length of one of the world’s most spectacular coastal touring routes, the Great Ocean Road. Visit azure surf beaches, quaint seaside hamlets and spot lazy kangaroos and sleepy koalas in their natural habitat along the way. Enjoy a verdant rainforest interlude in the Great Otway National Park before arriving at the scenic highlight of the Great Ocean Road – the iconic Twelve Apostles. Stroll cliff-edge boardwalks for the perfect vantage point to see these magnificent limestone stacks rise majestically from the Southern Ocean. There is also the option to view from above with a short helicopter flight.

Spend the night in the charming maritime village of Port Campbell with a relaxed dinner at a classic Australian pub where you may meet some of the locals and sample the regions produce. The next morning consider rising early for an unforgettable sunrise viewing at the Twelve Apostles and explore less visited natural wonders of the Port Campbell National Park – all before the tourists arrive!

Continue inland to the Southern Grampians National Park for lunch in the quaint rural town of Dunkeld. The mountainous beauty of the region is showcased to its fullest extent with an optional hike to the summit of The Piccaninny. This easy, gradual climb through open forest (with stunning wildflower displays during spring) culminates with jaw-dropping views of Mount Abrupt. Tonight, you will fall asleep to the nocturnal sounds of the Australian bush.

A leisurely breakfast will be followed by a visit to the Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre where you’ll learn the indigenous history of this beautiful region. Your guide will take you on another breathtaking hike before you enjoy a well-earned lunch in Halls Gap. En route back to Melbourne visit an esteemed boutique winery for a structured tasting of cool-climate wines.


ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS

Morning highlights:

  • Watch surfers at Bells Beach
  • Morning Tea at Split Point Lighthouse
  • Photograph stop at Memorial Arch
  • Coastal panorama at Teddy’s Lookout
  • Observe koalas at Kennett River

Afternoon highlights:

  • Lunch overlooking the ocean in the township of Apollo Bay
  • Great Otway National Park rainforest walk
  • Explore the Port Campbell National Park including the iconic Twelve Apostles & Loch Ard Gorge

Evening highlights:

  • Dinner at a local restaurant (own expense)
  • Overnight in your Port Campbell accommodation

Sunrise (Optional):

  • Admire the sun rising over the Twelve Apostles crowd free

Morning highlights:

  • Breakfast at leisure
  • Explore lessor visited attractions of the Port Campbell National Park such as London Bridge, The Grotto, The Arch and more

Afternoon highlights:

  • Lunch in the rural Southern Grampians town of Dunkeld
  • Explore the rugged beauty of the Grampians National Park with the option to hike the Piccaninny trail

Evening hightlights:

  • Dinner at a local restaurant (own expense)
  • Overnight in your Dunkeld accommodation

Morning highlights:

  • Breakfast at leisure
  • Learn the Aboriginal history of the Grampians National Park at the Brambuk Cultural Centre
  • Option to hike to The Pinnacle Lookout and admire the vast views of the Grampians. Keep an eye out for native wildlife including koalas, kangaroos and even echidnas.

Afternoon highlights:

  • Structured wine tasting and café-style lunch at Great Western Estate
  • Wine tasting at the scenic Mount Langi Ghiran Vineyard
  • The historic gold-rush city of Ballarat

Night One: Southern Ocean Villas, Port Campbell

Southern Ocean Villas are positioned in a tranquil, landscaped environment.
Comfortable villas offer an open-planned kitchen and lounge/dining area plus an outdoor deck.
Villas are 5-minutes easy walking distance of Port Campbell’s town centre and main beach.

Alternative Port Campbell Accommodation

Alkina Lodge, AnchorsThe Port O Call Motel 

Night Two: Royal Mail Hotel, Dunkeld

With sweeping views of Victoria’s Grampians, Deluxe Mountain View rooms idyllically showcase the peaceful surrounds of Dunkeld. Complete with private balconies and rainfall showers, it is conveniently located moments away from award-winning food and wine experiences on-site at the Royal Mail Hotel.


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Inclusions

  • Private tour hosted by an expert local guide
  • Daily morning teas
  • Daily lunches with beverages
  • Two nights’ accommodation with breakfast
  • Luxury vehicle with bottled water & travel snacks


Exclusion

  • Dinners (Your local guide can assist with arrangements and transfers)


Duration

This is a 3 day / 2 night tour

Commence: Day 1 at 8:00am from your nominated Melbourne hotel / address

Conclude: Day 3 at approx. 05:00pm at your nominated Melbourne hotel / address



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.



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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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



Bendigo Epicurean

Bendigo Epicurean

Straddle the centuries as you explore both Bendigo’s bountiful past as a beneficiary of gold rush riches and its vibrant contemporary culture as a centre of art and culinary excellence on this multi-faceted Acacia Goldfields Bendigo tour.

Discover some of Bendigo’s delicious secrets, meet the passionate food heroes and hear their enriching stories on a private guided Food Fossicking tour. The tour culminates with lunch at the awarded Masons of Bendigo, a stylish yet welcoming outpost of paddock-to-plate culture that highlights the finest Central Victorian produce.

Jump on the Bendigo Tramways Vintage Talking Tram and take in the city’s rich history the easy way, or don a hardhat and head underground in the Central Deborah Mine. You can find out more about the Chinese contribution to Bendigo’s gold rush history at the Golden Dragon Museum or perhaps visit Australia’s oldest working pottery, Bendigo Pottery.

Cap it all off with a stroll through the lush surrounds of Rosalind Park, with its tranquil waterfall and leafy fernery.

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Highlights

  • Meet local artisans and enjoy tastings on a tour that explores the city’s “foodie” culture
  • Gourmet lunch with beverages at Masons of Bendigo
  • Uncover Bendigo’s golden past aboard the Vintage Talking tram
  • Visit the famous Bendigo Pottery – Australia’s oldest working pottery
  • Don a hard hat and miner’s lamp and descend 61 metres beneath the surface of Bendigo on a tour of the Central Deborah Gold-mine


Inclusions

  • Hosted ‘Foodie’ led tour of Bendigo including produce tastings and gourmet lunch
  • Beverages (local beer, wine, soft-drinks)
  • Option to visit attractions such as Central Deborah Goldmine, Golden Dragon Museum and Bendigo Pottery
  • 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 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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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 



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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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 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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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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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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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

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 a gourmet 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.

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Highlights

  • Spectacular coastal and lighthouse walk at Cape Schanck
  • Wine tasting at a selection of boutique Mornington Peninsula wineries tailored to suit your personal taste
  • Explore breezy seaside villages with eclectic artists’ studios and boutique stores
  • Lunch with beverages at one of the region’s finest vineyard restaurants (Pt. Leo or Port Phillip Estates)
  • Sample sublime produce during farm gate visits at an orchard, dairy, strawberry farm and more


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

Approx. 8-hours