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.



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




Melbourne Laneways & Waterways

Wander cosmopolitan laneways, browse market stalls and cruise the Yarra River with lunch

Snaking its way through the heart of the Melbourne, the sepia-coloured Yarra River is one of the stars of the Melbourne Laneways & Waterways tour. Before you take to water, first celebrate the city’s unique laneway and market culture.

Begin your tour with a visit to the Queen Victoria or South Melbourne market, each offering insight into Melbourne’s famed liveability. Wander bustling meat, fish, and dairy halls sampling fresh oysters, artisanal cheeses and pastries, or browse unique, locally designed merchandise.

Take in the vibrant Arts precinct, Flinders Street Station and the grand Victorian civic buildings of Spring Street before setting off on foot to explore Melbourne’s labyrinth of 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.

Step on board your private cruise, sit back and enjoy lunch with a glass of Australian sparkling wine as you glide along the Yarra River. Marvel at the magnificent skyline from a very different angle, with the gleaming new Docklands precinct, Federation Square and the Royal Botanic Gardens as your dramatic backdrop.

Melbourne laneway tours are a great way to explore the city and coupled with a cruise on the Yarra River Acacia’s Laneways & Waterways tour is the perfect day out for visitors to Melbourne.


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Highlights

  • Produce tasting at the bustling Queen Victoria or South Melbourne Market (Tuesday – Sunday)
  • Uncover street art and hidden gems in Melbourne’s vibrant laneways precinct
  • Private river cruise taking in the sights of Melbourne including Federation Square, Flinders Street Station, Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Royal Botanic Gardens, Southbank, Docklands and more
  • Cruising lunch of gourmet sandwiches, cheese and fruit platter served with Australian beer, wine and soft drinks


Inclusions

  • Private tour hosted by an expert local guide
  • Private river cruise (Approx. 1-hour)
  • Light lunch with beverages
  • Luxury vehicle with bottled water & travel snacks


Commence

10:00am from your Melbourne hotel / address (Start time is flexible)


Duration

Approx. 5 hours


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Melbourne City Private Tour

A half-day tour of this eclectic, stylish city including key attractions, laneways and arcades

Melbourne offers magnificent riches for the curious willing to lose themselves in bustling markets and hidden laneways.  Join your local guide to uncover surprises from manicured botanic gardens and city beaches to intricately detailed Victorian arcades and graffiti daubed city walls.

Begin your tour with a visit to the Queen Victoria or South Melbourne market, each offering insight into Melbourne’s famed liveability. Wander bustling meat, fish, and dairy halls and sample fresh seafood, artisan cheeses and pastries, or browse unique, locally designed merchandise.

Explore the bayside playground of St. Kilda with expansive views and exotic buildings such as the Palais Theatre and Luna Park. Stop for an iconic postcard photo with the colourful bathing boxes lining the foreshore of Brighton Beach before returning to central Melbourne via the Formula 1 Grand Prix circuit and the Shrine of Remembrance to take in panoramic views.

View Melbourne’s vibrant Arts precinct, Flinders Street Station, Federation Square and the grand Victorian civic buildings of Spring Street then set off on foot to meander through Melbourne’s labyrinth of 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 atmosphere of Centre Place.

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Highlights

  • Melbourne’s icons of Federation Square, Flinders Street Station, Royal Exhibition Building, and The Shrine of Remembrance
  • Highlights of Melbourne’s street art scene
  • Enjoy fine coffee in Melbourne’s vibrant laneways and arcades
  • Produce tasting at the bustling Queen Victoria or South Melbourne Market (Tuesday – Sunday)
  • Bohemian St Kilda and the cake shops of Acland Street
  • Colourful Brighton Beach bathing boxes

Inclusions

  • Private tour hosted by an expert local guide
  • Morning or Afternoon tea
  • Luxury vehicle with bottled water & travel snacks

Commence

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

Duration

Approx. 4 – 5 hours