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

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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



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

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

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

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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



Melbourne Laneways & Waterways

Melbourne Laneways & Waterways

Snaking through the heart of the city, the sepia-coloured Yarra River is one of the stars of Acacia’s Melbourne Laneways & Waterways tour. But before you take to water, first we celebrate the city’s unique laneway culture on a private Melbourne laneway tour.

Teeming with incredible hole-in-the-wall cafes manned by passionate baristas, the street-art daubed thoroughfares also host laneway boutique galleries and designer stores showcasing local creations. Climb to a rooftop bar for a close-up look at the city’s glittering towers.

Once you step on board your luxury private cruise, sit back and tuck into a charcuterie and cheese board with a glass of Australian sparkling wine as you glide along the Yarra, marvelling at that magnificent skyline from a very different angle, with Federation Square, the MCG, 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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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

  • Walking tour of Melbourne’s iconic Laneway’s and Arcades
  • Barista made coffee at a leading sidewalk café
  • Hidden boutique galleries and local designer stores
  • Private cruise along the Yarra River with beverages and a bite to eat
  • View Melbourne attractions such as Federation Square, Royal Botanic Gardens, and the MCG from the river


Inclusions

  • Private luxury cruise
  • Charcuterie and cheese board with beverages (local beer, wine, soft-drinks)
  • Professional guide
  • Bottled water


Duration

This 6-hour Melbourne Laneways & Waterways tour departs at 9:00am / 2:00pm or 5:00pm (summer only) from your nominated Melbourne address

 


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Melbourne City Private Tour

Melbourne City Private Tour

Acacia’s private Melbourne city tour offers magnificent riches for the curious willing to lose themselves in hidden laneways and behind unmarked doors. Benefiting from an insider’s view, your Acacia guide will uncover unforgettable surprises tucked around every corner. From intricately detailed Victorian arcades to the technicoloured graffiti daubed on the brick walls of cobbled Hosier Lane, there’s so much to see and do.

Between sightseeing, grab an espresso while meandering Melbourne’s cosmopolitan laneways, then duck into cutting-edge art galleries and independent boutiques.

Learn fascinating insights about the city’s storied history, from gold rush fever to renegade bushrangers.  Admire the impressive dome of the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton Gardens, the oldest surviving example of its kind.

Taste the finest the city has to offer while perusing the rich and varied stalls of Queen Victoria Market then let Acacia whisk you to the bohemian seaside haven of St Kilda, where anything goes. Snap yourself posing by the iconic bathing boxes of Brighton Beach and return to your hotel refreshed by sea air.

Melbourne sightseeing tours with Acacia Tours are the perfect way to orientate yourself with the city and uncover its hidden gems.

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

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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 Market
  • Bohemian St Kilda and the cake shops of Acland Street
  • Colourful Brighton Beach bathing boxes


Inclusions

  • Morning or afternoon tea
  • Professional driver guide
  • Private luxury vehicle (Wi-Fi and power recharge enabled)
  • Bottled water


Duration

This 5-hour tour departs from your nominated Melbourne address at a time that suits you. We suggest a 09:00am start.


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