Melbourne Laneways & Cycleways

A half-day walking and cycle tour for active visitors to 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



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



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



Melbourne by Night

An after dark discovery of the city’s river, laneways and creative restaurant and bar scene

Melbourne is a city teeming with creativity and its bars and restaurants are no exception with the most exciting venues often behind obscure doors, up unmarked staircases and down darkened alleys. What better way to discover Australia’s “Capital of Cool” than heading out on the town with a local?

Start the night with a glass of Australian sparkling wine as you glide through the city along the Yarra River. Marvel at the magnificent skyline and soak up the energy and atmosphere of the Southbank restaurant and bar precinct before disembarking your private cruise at Federation Square.

Set off on foot as your guide introduces you to some of the city’s culinary hotspots. Sample signature dishes that showcase the diversity of cuisines and depth of experimentation for which Melbourne’s chefs are world renowned.

As the night progresses, and we get to know you better, expect something unscripted based on your own personal preferences. Perhaps you have a sweet tooth or a penchant for a fine single malt whiskey? Maybe venture to a rooftop cocktail bar to take in views of the city lights? What is certain is that by evening’s end you will have a greater insight in to our city’s enviable dining and bar scene.

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Highlights

  • Cruise the Yarra River with Sparkling wine taking in the sights of Melbourne
  • Experience signature dishes at some of Melbourne’s renowned culinary hotspots
  • Exploring Melbourne’s thriving small bar scene
  • Uncover hidden laneway and roof top bars and cafes


Inclusions

  • Private tour hosted by an expert local guide
  • Private river cruise (Approx. 45-mins)
  • Progressive dinner with beverages
  • Vehicle transfers (Tour is primarily on foot)


Commence

06:00pm from your Melbourne hotel / address (Start time is flexible)


Duration

Approx. 5 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 Lifestyle Private Tour

Understand life in one of the world’s most liveable cities with lunch at a leading Melbourne restaurant

Gain an insight into everyday life in one of the world’s most liveable cities by tapping the inside knowledge of an expert local guide. Venture into inner-city neighbourhoods, each with their own distinct personality – from the bohemian beachside playground of St Kilda, hipster-friendly Fitzroy, or the elegant Victorian splendour of Albert Park.

Begin your tour with a visit to the Queen Victoria or South Melbourne market for an 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.

Visit colourful St. Kilda and browse Acland Street’s famed cake shops and eclectic boutiques. Admire heritage-listed buildings including the Palais Theatre and Luna Park before a walk along Brighton Beach to see the colourful bathing boxes that lace the shoreline. Return to central Melbourne via the Formula 1 Grand Prix circuit encircling Albert Park Lake taking in panoramic views of the city skyline.

Discover Melbourne’s labyrinth of laneways and arcades on foot. Walk cobbled stone streets to find hidden bars, gorgeous boutiques, art galleries and the incredible urban street-art the city is known for.

A city simmering with culinary creativity; Melbourne’s chefs have gained international reputation for excellence in experimenting with pristine local produce. Conclude your tour with a casual yet sophisticated lunch at one of the city’s leading restaurants before returning to your hotel.

Melbourne day tours don’t get much better than Acacia’s Melbourne Lifestyle Private tour.

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Highlights

  • Meet local stall holders and taste exquisite produce at bustling Queen Victoria or South Melbourne Market (Tuesday – Sunday)
  • Bohemian St Kilda and the colourful Brighton Beach bathing boxes
  • Melbourne’s icons of Federation Square, Flinders Street Station, Royal Exhibition Building, and The Shrine of Remembrance
  • Uncover street art and hidden gems in Melbourne’s vibrant laneways precinct
  • Enjoy lunch with beverages at one of Melbourne’s culinary hotspots


Inclusions

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


Commence

09:00am from your Melbourne hotel / address (Start time is flexible)


Duration

Approx. 5 – 6 hours


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Melbourne City Private Tour

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

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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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


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