Multi-day Snow Experiences

Explore Mount Buller, Mount Hotham or Falls Creek

Set high among Australia’s majestic snow capped mountains in the Victorian Snowfields, you will find some of the southern hemisphere’s most picturesque alpine holiday destinations.

An easy 3-5 hour drive north east of Melbourne, the international-standard ski resorts of Mt Buller, Mt Hotham and Falls Creek, offer luxurious European style ski-in/ski-out accommodation, quaint alpine villages and a range of unique snow holiday experiences.

All resorts offer extensive ski runs and diverse terrain for the hard-core skiers, as well as private and group lessons, fun beginner programs and advanced ski and snowboard coaching. If skiing is not your game, there are plenty of unique snow activities on offer, such as snow-shoeing, dog sledding and snowmobile tours.

To help you experience the perfect Australian winter holiday, we also offer a range of broader experiences such as a visit to world class wineries, enjoy local gourmet produce or perhaps visit the home of a local for a true taste of life in Australia.

From the most dedicated ski enthusiasts to the first time snow tourist, we can create an unforgettable experience.


Sample Itinerary

Morning: Meet your private snow concierge/driver guide at your nominated Melbourne hotel, address or airport before commencing your journey through the spectacular Australian countryside on your way to either Mt Buller, Mt Hotham or Falls Creek. If a private charter flight or helicopter transfer is more your style, we can arrange private air transfers to take you directly to the resorts.

En route to your chosen ski resort, stop off in the Yarra Valley (Mt Buller) or King Valley (Falls Creek/Mt Hotham) to enjoy additional touring such as:

  • Aussie Lifestyle: visit a local farm/home, experience the Aussie way of life and enjoy home-cooked lunch or morning tea
  • Wildlife Encounter: visit a local wildlife sanctuary for a face-to-face encounter with unique Australian animals
  • Private Wine: enjoy a private wine experience at the world famous De Bortoli or Brown Brothers wineries
  • Gourmet Food: visit local chocolate or cheese factories, try fresh local honey and other gourmet produce.

Afternoon: Depart from your morning stop and head for the charming country towns of Mansfield (Mt Buller), Bright (Mt Hotham) or Mt Beauty (Falls Creek) at the base of the ski resorts.

Enjoy a quick lunch before starting the drive up the mountain to your alpine accommodation. On arrival your Snow concierge will help you check in and prepare for your snow experiences the following day. Spend the afternoon exploring the delights of the picturesque alpine village and the resort services.

Evening: Enjoy dinner at one of the resort’s local restaurants followed by an evening at your leisure.

Morning: Enjoy breakfast at your apartment/hotel before meeting your Snow concierge to enjoy your pre-arranged Signature Snow Experiences. Guests can choose from one of the following experiences:

  • Private Ski: Join a private ski/snowboard lesson with an expert instructor
  • Snow Adventures: Explore your ski resort on a Dog Sled, Snowmobile or Snow Shoeing Tour
  • Relax and Rejuvenate: Relax in luxury with a 90 min standard massage.

Noon: Enjoy a café style lunch at one of the local cafes/restaurants.

Afternoon: Spend the afternoon practising your skiing/snowboarding skills, exploring the resort’s many snow play activities or take a scenic chairlift ride to see the rest of the resort.

Evening: Enjoy dinner at your leisure before exploring the après ski culture at one of the lively bars, or enjoy the quality hospitality and facilities available at your hotel/apartment.

Morning: Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before checking out of your room before returning to Melbourne or perhaps spend a half day at the resort for additional snow activities.

Noon: Stop at one of the local country townships for a casual lunch/coffee break and enjoy local Australian hospitality.

Afternoon: Conclude your Melbourne snow experience at your nominated hotel, address or the airport.

Morning: Meet your private snow concierge/driver guide at your nominated Melbourne hotel, address or airport before commencing your journey through the spectacular Australian countryside on your way to either Mt Buller, Mt Hotham or Falls Creek. If a private charter flight or helicopter transfer is more your style, we can arrange private air transfers to take you directly to the resorts.

En route to your chosen ski resort, stop off in the Yarra Valley (Mt Buller) or King Valley (Falls Creek/Mt Hotham) to enjoy additional touring such as:

  • Aussie Lifestyle: visit a local farm/home, experience the Aussie way of life and enjoy home-cooked lunch or morning tea
  • Wildlife Encounter: visit a local wildlife sanctuary for a face-to-face encounter with unique Australian animals
  • Private Wine: enjoy a private wine experience at the world famous De Bortoli or Brown Brothers wineries
  • Gourmet Food: visit local chocolate or cheese factories, try fresh local honey and other gourmet produce.

Afternoon: Depart from your morning stop and head for the charming country towns of Mansfield (Mt Buller), Bright (Mt Hotham) or Mt Beauty (Falls Creek) at the base of the ski resorts.

Enjoy a quick lunch before starting the drive up the mountain to your alpine accommodation. On arrival your Snow concierge will help you check in and prepare for your snow experiences the following day. Spend the afternoon exploring the delights of the picturesque alpine village and the resort services.

Evening: Enjoy dinner at one of the resort’s local restaurants followed by an evening at your leisure.

Morning: Enjoy breakfast at your apartment/hotel before meeting your Snow concierge to enjoy your pre-arranged Signature Snow Experiences. Guests can choose from one of the following experiences:

  • Private Ski: Join a private ski/snowboard lesson with an expert instructor
  • Snow Adventures: Explore your ski resort on a Dog Sled, Snowmobile or Snow Shoeing Tour
  • Relax and Rejuvenate: Relax in luxury with a 90 min standard massage.

Noon: Enjoy a café style lunch at one of the local cafes/restaurants.

Afternoon: Spend the afternoon practising your skiing/snowboarding skills, exploring the resort’s many snow play activities or take a scenic chairlift ride to see the rest of the resort.

Evening: Enjoy dinner at your leisure before exploring the après ski culture at one of the lively bars, or enjoy the quality hospitality and facilities available at your hotel/apartment.

Morning: Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before checking out of your room before returning to Melbourne or perhaps spend a half day at the resort for additional snow activities.

Noon: Stop at one of the local country townships for a casual lunch/coffee break and enjoy local Australian hospitality.

Afternoon: Conclude your Melbourne snow experience at your nominated hotel, address or the airport.



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Duration

3 Day / 2 Night Package



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



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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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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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 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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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



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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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 keeper-led tour of Moonlit Sanctuary
  • All wine and produce tastings
  • Morning tea
  • 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



Phillip Island & Helicopter Journey

Private helicopter to Phillip Island for Koalas, Wallabies, Birdlife and nature’s phenomenal Penguin Parade

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

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

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

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: All ages. Economical option for guests seeking a more intimate experience away from the grand stands.

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 (Guided Ranger Tour included as standard)
  • Dinner with beverages
  • Luxury vehicle with bottled water & travel snacks


Commence

02:00pm from your Melbourne hotel / address

(Flexible start time)


Duration

Approx. 7 – 8 hours