Great Ocean Road & Grampians (Signature 3-Day Tour)

TRACE THE RUGGED COASTLINE OF THE GREAT OCEAN ROAD THROUGH TO THE DRAMATIC SANDSTONE MOUNTAINS OF THE GRAMPIANS NATIONAL PARK. DIVERSE SCENERY, WILDLIFE, PLUS INCREDIBLE FOOD & WINE

DAY ONE: MELBOURNE - PORT CAMPBELL

Meet your local guide at 08:00am at your nominated Melbourne hotel then commence your journey tracing the length of one of the world’s most spectacular coastal touring routes, the Great Ocean Road.

From Torquay to Apollo Bay the road hugs forested coastal cliffs as it twists and turns past white sand surf beaches and through picturesque seaside villages. The hinterland of towering gum trees provides the perfect habitat for koalas, kangaroos, and colourful native parrots. Indulge in a lunch of locally sourced seafood in the quaint coastal township of Apollo Bay

The road then turns inland through lush green, semi-temperate rainforest featuring ferny gullies, moss-covered timber, and freshwater cascades. Enjoy a rainforest walk in the Great Otway National Park before arriving at the scenic highlight of the Great Ocean Road – the iconic Twelve Apostles. Battered by the fierce waves of the Southern Ocean, the dramatic coastline has been relentlessly carved into limestone towers, gorges, and caves. Stroll cliff-edge boardwalks for the perfect vantage point with the option to view from above with a short helicopter flight.

Check into your accommodation for the evening, Anchors Villas located overlooking the charming maritime village of Port Campbell. Your guide can transfer you to a relaxed dinner (own expense) at a classic Australian pub where you may meet some of the locals and sample the regions produce.

DAY TWO: PORT CAMPBELL - DUNKELD

After a restful sleep, rise early for an unforgettable sunrise viewing at the Twelve Apostles (optional). Enjoy breakfast before exploring some of the less visited but equally breathtaking natural wonders of the Port Campbell National Park.

Continue inland to the Southern Grampians National Park with a light 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.

As dusk descends, kangaroos, wallabies and a myriad of birdlife enliven the dramatic surrounds of the Royal Mail Hotel, your accommodation for the evening. Join your host to learn about the hotels captive breeding program and environmental initiatives and get up close and personal with endangered native Australian animals.

For dinner this evening (own expense), the Royal Mail features two restaurants, the esteemed fine dining Wickens at Royal Mail Hotel (Wed – Sat), and the more casual diner Parker Street Project (Daily).

DAY THREE: DUNKELD - MELBOURNE

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast then don comfortable walking shoes as we tackle one of the northern Grampian’s breathtaking tracks suitable for the novice through to the experienced hiker. Take in arresting views of the rugged mountain range and the surrounding pastoral land.  In spring, the region erupts in a dazzling display of wildflowers. Enjoy a casual picnic lunch at Mackenzie Falls, Victoria’s largest waterfall.

Departing the Grampians National Park, visit one of Australia’s most celebrated producers of Shiraz, Mount Langi Ghiran Winery, considered the jewel in the crown of the esteemed Grampians wine region. Join your host for a structured tasting of their fabulous wines before the return to Melbourne.

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Inclusions

  • Private tour hosted by an expert local guide
  • Luxury vehicle with bottled water & travel snacks
  • Dunkeld captive breeding program tour
  • Mount Langi winery tastings

Meals

  • Morning or Afternoon tea (Daily)
  • Lunch with beverages (Daily)
  • Breakfast (Day 2, Day 3)

Accommodation

(Twin-share occupancy with breakfast)

TAKE A SCENIC HELICOPTER FLIGHT

For a bird's-eye view of the stunning Shipwreck coast, climb aboard a helicopter at the Twelve Apostles and soar high above the Southern Ocean. 

ANCHORS VILLAS, PORT CAMPBELL

Nestled into the hills above Port Campbell situated on 30 acres of private land, Anchors offers three contemporary units with full seclusion.

ROYAL MAIL HOTEL, DUNKELD

The Royal Mail Hotel, Dunkeld located in the Southern Grampians is a destination that celebrates food, wine and nature.



Byron Bay Active

Commence the day paddling a sea kayak through the surf and getting up close with playful bottlenose dolphins. Keep an eye out for sea turtles and you may also be lucky enough to come across a pod of majestic migrating whales.

Visit the iconic Cape Byron Lighthouse located at the most easterly point of the Australian mainland where you can take in 360-degree panoramic views of Byron Bay and the hinterland. Walk the coastal track to the stunning Wategos Beach situated below the imposing lighthouse.

A casual yet sophisticated alfresco lunch featuring the freshest and finest local produce from Byron and the surrounding regions will be served overlooking Wategos Beach at the famed Rae’s Dining Room.

As for the afternoon, your expert local guide can tailor the day to suit your tastes. Travel a short distance inland to explore the charming hinterland villages of Bangalow or Mullumbimby and admire the regions lush rainforests.  Savour the regions burgeoning gin or craft beer scene with a visit to award winning Cape Byron Distillery or Stone & Wood Brewery. Take in panoramic views and find your inner Zen at Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens or enjoy afternoon tea or gelato on a true paddock to plate property at ‘The Farm’.

Conclude at your Byron Bay accommodation in time for an afternoon swim or walk on the beach.

Highlights

  • Get up close to playful bottlenose dolphins onboard a sea kayak
  • Visit the iconic Cape Byron Lighthouse
  • Alfresco lunch featuring fresh local produce overlooking Wategos Beach
  • Visit award winning Stone & Wood Brewery for tastings
  • Find your inner Zen at Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens

Inclusions

  • Private tour hosted by an expert local guide
  • Sea kayak experience including morning tea (Shared departure with a private kayak guide)
  • Lunch with beverages
  • Afternoon touring (includes attraction entry and tastings to suit)
  • Premium vehicle with bottled water & travel snacks

Commence

08:00am from your Byron Bay hotel / address (Start time is flexible)

Duration

Approx. 8-hours


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Byron Bay Private Tour

Your introduction to Byron Bay starts with a visit to Cape Byron Lighthouse and the most easterly point of the Australian mainland. Enjoy 360-degree panoramic views of Byron Bay and the hinterland. Spot dolphins, turtles and rays from the cliffs high above and even Humpback Whales during their annual migration. Walk the coastal track to stunning Wategos Beach situated below the Lighthouse.

Take a stroll through Byron Bay town centre and soak up the holiday vibe and new age energy whilst browsing the fabulous boutiques, local fashion designers, homewares shops, studios and galleries.

Spend some time touring Byron’s surrounding villages. Bangalow’s 19th century architecture borders its main street which is lined with cosy cafes and colourful boutiques that delight and inspire. ‘Magical Mullumbimby’ is a historical part of the alternative culture of the rainbow region. Residents continue to embrace the laid-back, alternative lifestyle the town has celebrated since the 1970s. The quaint, unspoilt village of Brunswick Heads has retained its traditional seaside village atmosphere. Timber bridges link the riverside to a safe, calm beach at the mouth of the Brunswick River and to the surf beach that spans the coastline all the way to Byron Bay. Stroll around the village and explore retro-vintage treasures which Bruns is famous for.

Enjoy a classic pub lunch at Hotel Brunswick or the Bangalow Hotel. After lunch visit the enchanting Crystal Castle and Shambhala Gardens, a truly unique attraction. Tour the magical gardens of mystic statues, walk the ancient labyrinth, spin the prayer wheels on the only Buddhist Peace Stupa in the Southern Hemisphere and admire the amazing crystal collections including the largest crystals in the world. Soak up the serenity, participate in the daily peace experience which includes a crystal bowl sound healing and meditation. Leave feeling positive, peaceful and connected.

Alternatively, stop in at award winning Stone & Wood Brewery to taste a selection of craft beer, brewed on site.

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Highlights

  • Visit Byron Bay’s iconic Lighthouse
  • Uncover the wonderfully distinct personalities of the Byron Shire villages
  • Take part in a guided meditation and crystal bowl sound healing at Crystal Castle.
  • Taste limited release, seasonal and pilot batch beers at Stone & Wood

Inclusions

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

Commence

09:30am from your Byron Bay hotel / address (Start time is flexible)

Duration

Approx. 6-hours




Bendigo Epicurean

Tour Highlights

Straddle the centuries as you explore Bendigo’s bountiful past as a beneficiary of gold rush riches and its vibrant contemporary culture as a centre of art and culinary excellence.

Join your local host and journey through Bendigo’s glorious streets with the opportunity to meet the city’s passionate food heroes who showcase gourmet local produce and hear stories of how this gold-rush city has produced some of Australia’s favourite foods.

Visit intriguing venues such as Mister Grimsby Coffee, The Good Loaf and Indulge Fine Belgian Chocolates, before getting hands on in a gnocchi making session with lunch and a glass of local wine.

As for the afternoon, visit Australia’s oldest working pottery – Bendigo Pottery to see an expert potter at work before your chance to take to the wheel to throw your own masterpiece.

Prior to departing for Melbourne, browse quality ceramic tableware, antiques, and collectables at the Pottery centre.

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Inclusions

  • Private tour hosted by an expert local guide
  • Hosted Foodie tour of Bendigo
  • Gnocchi making lesson
  • Pottery lesson
  • Luxury vehicle with bottled water & travel snacks

Meal

  • Lunch with beverages

Commence

08:00am from your Melbourne hotel/address (Available: Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun)

Duration

Approx. 8-hours

 



Melbourne Laneways & Cycleways

Tour Highlights

Meet your local guide in the lobby of your hotel before setting off on foot to explore 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.

Continue to the intersection of Flinders Street Station and Federation Square where you will be fitted with a light helmet and hybrid 21-speed bicycle. An expert cycle-guide will then guide you along the banks of the Yarra River on an informative discovery of local neighbourhoods.

See the home of the Australian Open tennis grand slam and iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground then 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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Inclusions

  • Private tour hosted by an expert local guide
  • Private 2-hour cycle tour with bicycle and helmet

Meals

  • Morning or Afternoon tea
  • Lunch with beverages (optional inclusion)

Commence

09:00am (Morning) or 01:00pm (Afternoon) from your Melbourne hotel / address (Start time is flexible)

Duration

Approx. 4 – 5 hours



King Valley & High Country (Signature 4-Day Tour)

DISCOVER VICTORIA'S PICTURESQUE KING VALLEY AND HIGH COUNTRY ON THIS 4-DAY PRIVATE TOUR. MEET SOME OF THE BEST WINE MAKERS ALONG PRESECCO ROAD, SAVOUR GOURMET PRODUCE AS YOU CYCLE THROUGH QUAINT VILLAGES, ENJOY GOURMET DINING EXPERIENCES AND RELAX IN THE REGIONS FINEST BOUTIQUE ACCOMMODATION.

DAY 1: KING VALLEY, PROSECCO ROAD & ITALIAN HOSPITALITY

Meet your local guide in the lobby of your Melbourne hotel (08:30am) before departing on your four-day tour of the King Valley and High Country.

Your first stop will be Pizzini Wines located on what is known as ‘Prosecco Road’ in the heart of the King Valley. This family owned and operated winery specializes in the production of Italian wine varieties such as Pinot Grigio, Arneis, Sangiovese, Nebbiolo and of course Prosecco!

Meet your host then journey amongst the vines to learn firsthand how the Pizzini vineyard has evolved and why certain sites are more suited to particular varieties or wine styles than others. From the vineyard head to the winery barrel room for a tutored tasting of current and back vintage wines. In true Italian fashion, enjoy a sumptuous grazing platter with estate wines for lunch overlooking the vineyard.

As for the afternoon, continue to sample wines at neighbouring King Valley vineyards such as Chrismont and Dal Zotto Wines before transferring to your accommodation for the night, Lancemore at Milawa.

This evening is yours at leisure with the option to dine at Restaurant Merlot or perhaps utilize the in-house room service.

DAY 2: EXPLORE THE QUAINT TOWNSHIP OF BRIGHT AND THE HIGH COUNTRY

Today we journey deeper into Victoria’s High Country to explore the picturesque and historic village of Bright.  Located on the Ovens River and surrounded by mountains, Bright has long been a popular getaway offering something special in every season.

Upon arrival in Bright, hop on a bicycle for a ride taking in scenic views on a rail trail from Bright to Porepunkah (e-Bikes available if preferred). Take in the mountain views, break for an espresso at the quaint Rail Trail Café. Further down the trail the team at Feathertop Winery will share insights to the Boynton family’s favourite picnic spots amongst the vines. Select your preferred location then explore the grounds while your vineyard service angels prepare your picnic lunch.

Returning to Bright, explore the township and its stunning riverside setting.  Foodies may wish to sample locally made chocolates, enjoy an ale at the friendly Bright Brewery, or gin tasting at Reed & Co Distillery.  Alternatively embark on the easy one-hour Canyon Trail which meanders along the banks of Ovens River and takes in two swing bridges. Your guide can assist with arrangements.

Departing Bright, venture on to historic Beechworth, arguably Australia’s best-preserved gold mining town.  The evening is yours at leisure. Blessed with wonderful dining options, consider The Ox & Hound Bistro for something special, the Empire Hotel for warm hospitality and elevated pub fare, or pizzas and ale at Bridge Road Brewers.

For the next two-nights you will rest in comfort at Freeman on Ford, Beechworth.

DAY 3: BUSHRANGERS & THE GOLD-RUSH IN HISTORIC BEECHWORTH

Don’t let the graceful, gold-rush-era architecture and friendly folk of Beechworth fool you. The town was a hot bed of revolutionary fervour when the Kelly Gang roamed the countryside and were frequent guests of Her Majesty at Beechworth Gaol. Incensed with the brutal behaviour of the Victoria Police, Ned Kelly reputedly threatened to declare Victoria’s north-east a republic before his capture, conviction, and execution in 1880. Life is calmer these days, with Beechworth ruled by food and wine producers rather than bushrangers and the constabulary.

Following breakfast, join a local historian who will bring to life the stories of the gold-rush and infamous Kelly Gang on a private walking tour of this town steeped in history.

The afternoon is yours to continue to explore the town’s heritage boutiques, antique stores or visit the famed Beechworth Honey for a tasting. For the energised, walk to Woolshed Falls, home to thousands of miners during the height of the Gold Rush in the 1850’s.

Dinner this evening will be at Provenance, one of Australia’s most esteemed regional restaurants. Housed in the former Bank of Australasia building, Provenance’s reputation is as high as the soaring six-metre ceiling in the dining room. Chef Michael Ryan’s abiding fascination with Japan finds expression in a menu that marries Australian produce with exquisite Japanese flavours.

DAY 4: SCENIC RETURN TO MELBOURNE VIA THE YARRA RANGES

Farewelling the High Country, return to Melbourne along the scenic route travelling through the agriculturally rich and picturesque central Victorian countryside. In the foothills of the spectacular Cathedral Range we stop at Buxton Trout and Salmon, Australia’s first commercial trout farm where fish have been reared for over 50 years. The gravity fed water supply originates from the pristine snowfields of Lake Mountain providing the perfect place to grow a clean, natural food. Join a private behind-the-scenes tour of the farm and sample their famous Mountain Ash Smoked Trout, premium hand-milked salmon caviar before dropping a line and catching your own lunch.

Our journey continues along one of the most ethereally beautiful drives in the state. The Black Spur cuts through the forest landscapes of the verdant Yarra Ranges. Savour the fragrance of the Australian bush as you gaze up at the immense mountain ash trees scattering sunlight on the cool understorey of green ferns below. From here it is just a quick hop step to central Melbourne where your journey of Victoria’s King Valley & High Country concludes (Approx. 06:00pm)

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Inclusions

  • Private tour hosted by an expert local guide
  • Luxury vehicle with bottled water & travel snacks
  • Pizzini experience with lunch
  • King Valley wine tastings
  • Bicycle & helmet hire
  • Private walking tour of Beechworth
  • Buxton Trout & Salmon Farm experience

Meals

Day 1: Lunch with beverages
Day 2: Breakfast, Lunch with beverages
Day 3: Breakfast, Dinner (Excluding beverages)
Day 4: Breakfast, Lunch with beverages

Accommodation

(Twin-share occupancy with breakfast)

LANCEMORE, MILLAWA

Lancemore at Milawa combines the style and elegance of the world's best boutique hotels with the tranquillity and beauty of High Country Victoria. 

FREEMAN ON FORD, BEECHWORTH

Built in 1876, Freeman on Ford was originally the Oriental Bank, once favoured by Beechworth's then substantial Chinese gold-mining population.



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

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 & Sovereign Hill

Tour Highlights

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 as a humble sheep station, Ballarat’s fortunes were transformed just over a decade later with the discovery of gold.  Your guide will introduce you to the gripping 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.

In keeping with the historic theme, include a lunch of locally sourced produce paired with fine wine in the superb glass roofed gallery at Craig’s Royal Hotel, Australia’s legendary gold rush-era hotel or perhaps grab a simple cafe lunch – the choice is yours.

After lunch admire the magnificent architecture funded by the great wealth drawn from the ground while wandering Ballarat’s wide streets before a visit to the intimate Ballarat Wildlife Park offering the opportunity to feed friendly Kangaroos and view Koalas, Dingos and other cuddly Australian animals.

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Inclusions

  • Private tour hosted by an expert local guide
  • Entry to Sovereign Hill
  • Entry to Ballarat Wildlife Park
  • Luxury vehicle with bottled water & travel snacks

Meal

  • Lunch with beverages (optional inclusion)

Commence

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

Duration

Up to 9-hours



Daylesford & Macedon Ranges

Tour Highlights

Reignite your imagination with a visit to the rural landscape of the Macedon Ranges and historic village of Daylesford. Only 90 minutes from Melbourne, these regions are blessed with crisp mountain air, fertile volcanic soils and purifying mineral springs resulting in the production of some of Australia’s most highly prized artisanal product and premium wines.

Begin your journey to the Macedon Ranges with a visit to a place of great mystery and natural beauty, Hanging Rock.  Your guide will familiarise you with the curious story behind this rocky outcrop as depicted in novelist Joan Lindsay’s unnerving classic “Picnic at Hanging Rock”. Enjoy a personalised wine tasting at a leading winery before a relaxing journey through countryside to the quaint village of Daylesford, the heart of Australia’s ‘spa country’.

Nestled by a glistening lake and surrounded by towering gum trees and thick bushland, Daylesford is a peaceful escape replete with artists’ studios, cafes, and antique stores. The town’s heritage streetscape bursts with character, from the bluestones erected by early Swiss-Italian migrants to the historic legacy of the gold rush era.

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 Lavandula Swiss-Italian Farm, a local winery or browse Vincent Street’s charming galleries and boutiques before returning to Melbourne through picturesque countryside.

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Inclusions

  • Private tour hosted by an expert local guide
  • All wine and/or produce tastings
  • Luxury vehicle with bottled water & travel snacks

Meal

  • Multi-course lunch at Lake House Restaurant (Beverages excluded)

Commence

Suggest 09:00am from your Melbourne hotel/address (Available: Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed)

Duration

Up to 8-hours