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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UrbanHistory & HeritageCoastalFamilyNature & WildlifeAcacia GoldFood & WineMulti-day

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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UrbanHistory & HeritageCoastalFamilyNature & WildlifeAcacia GoldFood & WineMulti-day

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

Melbourne by Night

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? With Acacia’s inside knowledge you will truly penetrate the surface to feel the beating pulse of the city on this Melbourne night tour.

This is not a tour in the conventional sense though – think of your guide as a friend of a friend and 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. Melbourne by night has something for all.

Bring your appetite as you will visit several culinary hotspots sampling signature dishes showcasing the diversity of cuisines and depth of experimentation for which Melbourne’s chefs are renowned. And between courses why not grab a cocktail at a rooftop bar and enjoy good conversation while taking in the city lights?

Melbourne night tours are a perfect way to uncover the city’s famous dining scene.

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Which regions are you interested in?

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

Which experience types are you interested in?

UrbanHistory & HeritageCoastalFamilyNature & WildlifeAcacia GoldFood & WineMulti-day

Highlights

  • Experience signature dishes at three of Melbourne’s renowned culinary institutions
  • Grab a cocktail while exploring the city’s thriving small bar scene
  • The ultimate Melbourne night tour


Inclusions

  • Three-course progressive dinner with beverages (beer, wine, soft drink)
  • Cocktail or aperitif and coffee
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel to city transfer if required


Duration

This 5-hour tour departs hourly from 6.00pm to 8.00pm from your nominated Melbourne address.


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Balloon, Barista, & Breakfast

Balloon, Barista, & Breakfast

Any Melburnian who finds themselves up at the crack of dawn is instantly rewarded by the serene beauty of witnessing a flotilla of hot air balloons blissfully sailing in the brilliantly-hued, sunrise sky.

On this morning, it will be you they’re gazing up at. Acacia will collect you from your hotel while it’s still dark but soon your weary eyes will have forgotten any semblance of sleep. Step into the basket and it’s up, up, and away. Trace the glittering bend of the Yarra River as you soar high above Melbourne’s dazzling city skyline while the sun slowly comes out to play.

By the time you’ve drifted back down to terra firma your tummy will be rumbling. Have no fear sky-high adventurer. We’ll introduce you to one of Melbourne’s pioneering cafes, St Ali. Nestled on a backstreet of historic South Melbourne, home to one of the city’s thriving markets, St Ali almost single-handedly kick-started the caffeine obsession for which the city is celebrated world-over.

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Which regions are you interested in?

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

Which experience types are you interested in?

UrbanHistory & HeritageCoastalFamilyNature & WildlifeAcacia GoldFood & WineMulti-day

Highlights

  • Watch the sunrise over the spectacular Melbourne skyline
  • Take a bird’s eye view of Melbourne’s stunning parks and gardens and grand thoroughfares
  • Breakfast and coffee at Melbourne’s St Ali – the café that supercharged Melbourne’s coffee culture for which it is globally recognised
  • Sample produce at one of Melbourne’s famed inner-city markets


Inclusions

  • Sunrise balloon flight
  • Full a-la-carte ‘Melbourne-style’ breakfast with coffee
  • Produce tasting at a Melbourne inner city markets
  • Professional driver guide
  • Private luxury vehicle (Wi-Fi and power recharge enabled)
  • Bottled water


Duration

This 6-hour tour departs approx. two-hours prior to sunrise from your nominated Melbourne address. The exact pick-up time is confirmed the evening prior to the tour.



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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Which regions are you interested in?

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

Which experience types are you interested in?

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 Lifestyle Private Tour

Melbourne Lifestyle Private Tour

Gain an insight into everyday life in the world’s most liveable city by tapping the inside knowledge of Acacia’s local guide.

During this Melbourne day tour, venture in to inner-cit 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.

Explore Queen Victoria Market, the largest open-air market in the Southern Hemisphere. Wander its bustling meat, fish, and dairy halls, where you can sample artisan cheeses and smallgoods, or discover the seemingly endless array of seasonal fruit and vegetables showcasing the best of Australian produce.

Cruise the tree-lined streets of affluent Brighton en route to the row of colourful bathing boxes lining the foreshore at Brighton Beach.

Time for lunch?  A humble sandwich will not do in this city simmering with culinary creativity. Melbourne’s chefs have gained an international reputation for excellence experimenting with pristine local produce. On this all-inclusive Melbourne private tour you will enjoy a sumptuous lunch with paired wine at one of the city’s finest establishments.

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

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Which regions are you interested in?

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

Which experience types are you interested in?

UrbanHistory & HeritageCoastalFamilyNature & WildlifeAcacia GoldFood & WineMulti-day

Highlights

  • Produce tasting at bustling Queen Victoria Market
  • Bohemian St Kilda and Acland Street cake shops
  • Explore retro and vintage boutiques in hipster Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
  • Enjoy fine coffee in Melbourne’s vibrant laneways and arcades
  • Highlights of Melbourne’s street art scene
  • Stop for photos at the colourful beach bathing boxes of Brighton Beach
  • Two-course lunch with beverages at a leading Melbourne restaurant


Inclusions

  • Morning or 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 6-hour Melbourne day tour departs hourly from 9:00am 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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Which regions are you interested in?

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

Which experience types are you interested in?

UrbanHistory & HeritageCoastalFamilyNature & WildlifeAcacia GoldFood & WineMulti-day

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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