MELBOURNE HOT AIR BALLOON

There are few major cities in the world that allow hot air balloon flights above them and Melbourne is one of them.

A Melbourne city balloon flight starts prior to sunrise when you will be collected by your guide and transferred to the meeting point.  As the birdsongs begin, your giant balloon inflates then you will find yourself drawn to the warmth of the flame.  The earth falls away as you rise with the sun and soon enough you will be sailing the breeze alongside sparkling skyscrapers and along the Yarra River as it unwinds through parks and gardens. See Melbourne's famed landmarks from the air, from the Dandenong Ranges through to Port Phillip Bay before descending back to earth.

Important Information

Flights commence prior to sunrise so you will need to be up extra early to meet your guide who will transfer you to the departure point.

Exact meeting times will be confirmed the evening prior to the flight.  As an indication of meeting times, please see the following times:

  • January (04:00 – 04:30am)
  • February / November / December (04:30 – 05:00am)
  • March / September / October (05:00 – 05:30am)
  • April / May / August (05:30 – 06:00am)
  • June / July (06:00 – 06:30am)

Ballooning is a weather dependent activity, so if the balloon flight is cancelled due to inclement weather. In this case, you will receive a refund for the flight component of your tour.

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YARRA VALLEY HOT AIR BALLOON

Begin your day in the Yarra Valley in style with a sunrise hot air balloon flight over the patchwork of vineyards, farmland and forest. With the option of a shared or private flight, take in panoramic views of the valley, then return to earth for a champagne breakfast featuring some of the finest local produce before continuing to explore the region with your guide.

Important Information

Flights commence in the Yarra Valley prior to sunrise so you will need to be up extra early to meet your guide who will transfer you to the departure point.

Exact meeting times will be confirmed the evening prior to the flight.  As an indication of meeting times, please see the following times:

  • January (03:00 – 03:30am)
  • February / November / December (03:30 – 04:00am)
  • March / September / October (04:00 – 04:30am)
  • April / May / August (04:30 – 05:00am)
  • June / July (05:00 – 05:30am)

Ballooning is a weather dependent activity, so if the balloon flight is cancelled due to inclement weather. In this case, you will receive a refund for the flight component of your tour.

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VISIT HEALESVILLE SANCTUARY

While you’re in the Yarra Valley, include a visit to Healesville Sanctuary and wander tranquil tracks to see iconic Australian animals including Koalas, Kangaroos, Platypus, Dingoes, Wombats, Emus and more.

Discover majestic birds of prey and magnificent parrots in the spectacular Spirits of The Sky bird show and coordinate your visit to see the Platypus up close in in the world-first interactive daily platypus show ‘Tales from Platypus Creek’.


BATH AT THE AWARD-WINNING PENINSULA HOT SPRINGS

Make the most of your visit to the Mornington Peninsula and bath in the award-winning Peninsula Hot Springs with Acacia Tours

The Peninsula Hot Springs is an award-winning natural hot springs and day spa located just 90-minutes from Melbourne.  Natural thermal mineral waters flow into pools and private baths located in an idyllic coastal setting. Awaken your senses and nourish your soul with one of the following bathing options:


BATH HOUSE

A natural place for families and friends to bathe and relax while connecting with their pure nature. Our bathing wonderland features over 30 globally inspired experiences nestled amongst native flora and fauna, Bath House is ideal for families and groups.

General admission includes:

  • Hilltop pool with 360 degree views
  • Hydrotherapy pool
  • Reflexology walk
  • Turkish hamam
  • Wet and dry saunas
  • Cold plunge pools
  • Hydrojet pool
  • Amphitheatre
  • Ice cave and deep freeze
  • Picnic areas

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SPA DREAMING CENTRE

Spa Dreaming Centre is designed as a place of peace and restoration. Amongst the tea tree you will find over 10 thermal bathing experiences in this
bathing sanctuary. Ideal for couples and premium travellers.

General admission includes:

  • Poolside lounges
  • Barrel baths
  • Moroccan Hammam
  • Cold plunge pool
  • Infrared and traditional saunas
  • Footbath
  • Massaging bamboo shower
  • Zen Chi machine
  • Bath House bathing admission
  • Towel, robe and locker hire

(Note: Access for guests 16 years plus)

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PRIVATE BATHING PAVILION

An idyllic indulgence for you alone, or to unwind with someone else. Connect with your pure nature as aromas of essential oils and additives
combine with natural thermal waters in a serene and secluded sanctuary. Ideal for couples and honeymooners.

Bathe package includes:

  • 45-minute Private bathing experience
  • Optional enhancement of essential oils, lavender milk or tulsi tea
  • Bath House bathing admission
  • Spa Dreaming Centre bathing admission
  • Relaxation lounge
  • Towel, robe and locker hire

(Note: Access for guests 16 years plus)

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WHY SHOULD YOU CONSIDER VISITING THE PENINSULA HOT SPRINGS?

In 2019, the Peninsula Hot Springs was announced the global winner in the Luxury Mineral Spring Spa category at the World Luxury Spa Awards, held in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

The award results are based on nominations from spa guests, which are then reviewed by an expert panel of independent spa consultants from all over the world. Winners are judged on quality, innovation and service.



SWIM WITH DOLPHINS & SEALS

DOLPHIN, SEAL & SEA DRAGON SWIM (3-HOURS)

Encounter wild Bottlenose Dolphins, Australian Fur Seals and Weedy Seadragons in the pristine Marine Parks of Port Phillip Bay. Expert snorkel guides enable first time snorkelers to enjoy these amazing marine wildlife encounters.

Activities are conducted on luxury purpose-built boats offering café, inside and outside seating, hot showers and onboard change rooms. Choose to snorkel or simply enjoying the cruise on-board a luxury vessel and take in the view.

(Note: This is a shared cruise. Private cruise is available on request)

SEAL SWIM (2-HOURS)

Embark on an unforgettable underwater adventure, snorkelling with the Australian Fur Seals!

This activity is in shallow water so you can float on the surface and watch the Seals swim freely all around you. This tour is the ultimate marine adventure where you can enjoy a mix of snorkelling, swimming and a scenic fun filled 2-hour adventure.

(Note: This is a shared cruise. Private cruise is available on request)

PRIVATE SNORKEL WITH SEALS & LUNCH (2-HOURS)

Embark on an unforgettable underwater adventure, snorkelling with the Australian Fur Seals!

This activity is in shallow water so you can float on the surface and watch the Seals swim freely all around you. This tour is the ultimate marine adventure where you can enjoy a mix of snorkelling, swimming and a scenic fun filled 2-hour adventure.

Following a morning of swimming with seals, a delicious lunch is served on the return scenic cruise back to Sorrento.

PRIVATE AUSTRALIAN SEAFOOD INDULGENCE CRUISE (1.5 HOURS)

Indulge with premium Australian seafood such as fresh Rock Lobster, Oysters, Australian smoked salmon, Prawns and more during a private 1.5 hour scenic cruise on Port Phillip Bay. Seafood is served natural on an onboard buffet with local beverages to accompany.


MOONLIT SANCTUARY CONSERVATION PARK

Explore the Australian bush-land while feeding kangaroos and wallabies, petting friendly koalas and enjoying encounters with colourful birds, reptiles, dingoes and many other animals including endangered species.

Located on the Mornington Peninsula and en-route to Phillip Island, Moonlit Sanctuary is the ideal place to learn more about the fascinating animals that call Australia home with keeper presentations and shows every 30 minutes.  For more intimate experiences, we can arrange encounters with the following animals on request:

  • Koala Encounter
  • Dingo Encounter
  • Python Holding
  • Kookaburra Encounter

Why do we love Moonlit Sanctuary? Simple – they are working hard to save critically endangered wildlife like the Orange-bellied Parrot!

In September 2018 there were fewer than 20 orange-bellied parrots still in the wild. They breed in south-west Tasmania over summer then migrate every winter to the southern coastline of Victoria, including the shores of Western Port Bay, 500 metres south of Moonlit Sanctuary.

Moonlit Sanctuary has constructed a breeding facility capable of holding up to 20 pairs of birds with the support of Zoos Victoria and the Aviculture Society of Australia. Since 2014, Moonlit has bred over 140 birds of which more than 40 have been released into the wild.


THE BARN, MOUNT GAMBIER

The Barn Accommodation features generously proportioned suites set amongst five acres of carefully manicured gardens. Accommodation has been constructed from Mount Gambier Limestone and offers high quality amenities and a quiet country experience, just 5 mins from the regional capital of Mount Gambier.


SOUTHERN OCEAN VILLAS, PORT CAMPBELL

Ideally located in a tranquil, landscaped environment on the edge of the picturesque Port Campbell National Park, famous for its rugged beauty, Shipwreck Coast and spectacular scenery, Southern Ocean Villas are within a short stroll of the Port Campbell town centre and beach.
Capable of comfortably accommodating from 2 to 6 people, each villa has an open-plan kitchen and lounge/dining area with two or three bedrooms and a scenic outdoor deck.

Stay at Southern Ocean Villas during these tours

Great Ocean Road (2-day tour)

A leisurely two-day exploration of this majestic coastal wonder.

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LAKE HOUSE HOTEL, DAYLESFORD

INDULGE WITH A STAY AT ONE OF AUSTRALIA’S FINEST LUXURY LODGES

One of Australia’s most in demand getaways – Lake House sits on the shores of Lake Daylesford – only 80-minutes from Melbourne. The small luxury hotel is renowned for its focus on gourmet indulgence; with one of Australia’s most awarded restaurants, cellar and now a Cooking School which draws foodies from around the world.

Exploring the property is in itself an adventure. Guests may like to have a hit of tennis followed by tea and refreshments in the tennis pavilion, a glass of wine by the open fire or thumb through the private Culinary Collection of books in the Argyle Library Bar. Given the opportunity to explore the gardens guests will come upon the Kitchen Garden planted out with edible shoots and flowers, a myriad of sculptures and artwork from many of the region’s top artists, extensive outdoor terraces overlooking the lake shore and established country gardens with everything from koala loved stringy barks to lilac, Daphne, quince, plum and apple trees.

LODGE STUDIOS

Country style Lodge Studios are individually configured and decorated. Each Studio includes luxurious bathroom with European style bath & shower or dual shower, walk in robe and outdoor lounge area with garden or courtyard views. Minibar is stocked with regionally sourced sips and nibbles, our own Daylesford Pure sparkling mineral water, Nespresso Coffee machines. All studios have flat screen televisions with a selection of cable channels, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth music systems.

WATERFRONT POOL STUDIOS

Situated on the eastern shore of Lake Daylesford; beautiful Waterfront Pool Studios have some of the best views on the property. Immediately adjacent to the solar heated infinity pool – accessed either via balconies or through the private garden gate – the rooms overlook the pool waters or serene Spotted Gum laid terraces towards the lakeshore and rows of silver birch originally planted in 1979.

The recently renovated studios are indulgently appointed with plush interiors – large comfortable king beds with local woollen throws, wide luxurious sofas and armchairs perfect for relaxing in the afternoon with a little room service or glass of wine while watching the sunset over

the far side of the lake. Modern en-suites include heated floors, brightly lit make up mirrors & dual showers.

LODGE SUITES

Spacious and luxurious Lodge Suites are all individually decorated and designed with contemporary country interiors. No one is exactly the same. Each Lodge Suite features unique artwork, books and collectables. Large indulgent en-suite finished in textured stone feature heated floors with either bath or a separate walk in shower or double European style showers.

Bedrooms feature elegant king size beds with views to a private courtyard. Large wardrobes provide enough space for long haul travellers. Separate lounge areas include minibar stocked with regionally sourced sips and nibbles, Daylesford Pure sparkling mineral water and Nespresso Coffee machines. All suites have flat screen televisions with a selection of cable channels, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth music systems.

WATERFRONT SUITES

Waterfront Suites are nestled on the south-east shore of the lagoon and Lake Daylesford; ensuring the most magical sunset views from the courtyard or balcony. Each Suite has its own unique décor; the use of soft textural fabrics ensuring that it feels comfortable and luxurious. There are original paintings from resident artist Allan Wolf-Tasker as well as white eggshell bookcases featuring individual pieces from local ceramicist Bridget Bodenham and Bronze artist Anthony van der Zweep.

Generously proportioned, each suite is individually configured in an open plan layout with a superior king bed and plush lounge area. For those time’s you don’t want to venture out, each suite has a dining table for two. En-suite are contemporary with free standing marble topped vanity, heated floors, double spa bath and separate shower. A walk-in robe provides plenty of space to unpack for longer stays and for guest convenience there is also mini bar, tea & coffee facilities, TV, DVD, charging outlet, Bluetooth enabled sound system, and free Wi-Fi.



PENGUIN PARADE VIEWING OPTIONS

GUIDED RANGER TOUR (RECOMMENDED)

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 VIEWING

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: Affordable premium viewing option for all ages.
Maximum: 300 guests.