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“A perfect day, the best tour ever!!”

Acacia Luxury Private Tours
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US$685.77*
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Private Yarra Valley Tour with One-Way Helicopter...
Ranked #39 of 104 Food & Drink in Melbourne
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Acacia Luxury Private Tours offers exclusive private travel experiences in Melbourne and throughout regional Victoria. Drawing upon extensive local knowledge and our relationships with a vast network of providers, we have carefully fashioned unique itineraries designed to showcase the very best each region has to offer.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Myself, my mum and a friend had the most fabulous day to the Great Ocean Road with Paul. We were looked after so beautifully, the car was so comfortable (equipped with snacks, drinks, everything we might need) and Paul was an absolute pleasure to spend the day with! He was such good company and a fund of interesting information on Melbourne; what to do and where to go, suggesting great restaurants, roof top bars and markets to visit as well as the choices of sightseeing tours. It was an unforgettable experience and we all came home absolutely raving about what a fantastic time we had. We were so impressed at the attention to detail and how personalised the day was, Paul bent over backwards to accommodate us with how we would like to spend the day. It was so relaxed and easy, absolutely delightful! We met Stuart a couple of times as we stopped at various points and he was just delightful too. Paul took some photos of us during the day and sent them on to us which was great. We would all highly recommend Acacia Tours, it was the highlight of our trip to Melbourne. We will definitely do a tour with them again, we cannot wait!!

Thank mandymac2018
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StuartDobson, Owner at Acacia Luxury Private Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

On behalf of me and Paul, thank-you very much for taking the time to review your tour. Paul loved your company on the epic road trip that is the Great Ocean Road. We are thrilled your day was a highlight and look forward to being of future service - next time I hope I have the chance to host you.

Warm Regards

Stuart

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife, our children (ages 11 and 9) and I were fortunate to spend two unforgettable days with Acacia Private Tours, which were undoubtedly highlights of our recent trip to Australia. We were absolutely blown away by the company’s extraordinary level of personalized service, extensive knowledge of the area, and attention to detail in every aspect of our interactions with them. It is clear that they understand their clientele and go to great lengths to ensure fantastic customized experiences for them.

We found Acacia by googling “private tours Melbourne” and contacted them via email several weeks before our trip. We received a prompt response from Paul, who provided us with information about the company and gave us some ideas for possible itineraries. He also asked us if there were anything in particular we were hoping to accomplish during our two days in the Melbourne area. We told him my wife and I were interested in the sites along the Great Ocean Road and my kids were very keen on wildlife spotting. After several back-and-forth emails and a little tweaking, Paul sent us a detailed plan and pricing for two daylong excursions. While the cost for these trips was considerably more than a medium or large group tour would have been, they were very much customized to our family’s needs and considering we would be with a private tour guide for about 10 hours each day, it was actually quite reasonable. Payment was taken care of via credit card and we were informed that Acacia’s co-owner Stuart Dobson would be our tour guide.

On the morning of the first day, Stuart was waiting for us in our hotel’s driveway in a sparkling clean Mercedes van that was stocked with snacks, drinks, Kleenex, wipes, trash bags, towels and everything else we could possibly need for our trip. I found it reassuring when the hotel bellman, upon seeing Stuart in the driver’s seat, told us “this guy is the best tour guide there is and you are going to have a fabulous day.” Stuart greeted all four of us by first name and gave us an overview of where we were going that day. As we drove out of Melbourne, he provided us with all sorts of information about the city and surrounding area. He was extremely knowledgeable about the region’s history, architecture, industry, economy and culture. Our first stop was to check out the view of Bell’s Beach, which aside from being one of the best surfing spots in the world, I believe was made famous in the USA as the setting for the final scene in the movie “Point Break.” Next, we went to the Anglesea Golf Course which is home to a pack of at least 200 kangaroos. Stuart arranged for one of the groundskeepers to take us on a tour in a golf cart and we were able to get fantastic photos of us with the kangaroos. Afterwards, we went to a koala reserve and then into one of the towns along the Great Ocean Road for lunch. In reading other reviews of Acacia, it seems like they typically arrange for meals at interesting local restaurants in advance, but we had mentioned in our initial emails to Paul that our kids were somewhat fussy eaters and would probably prefer something less sophisticated. Knowing this, Stuart recommended a local fish-and-chips place (that also serves chicken nuggets!) which was absolutely perfect for us and exemplifies Acacia’s preparedness and attention to detail. After lunch, we continued on the Great Ocean Road to the Twelve Apostles. Stuart masterfully guided us through throngs of large tour groups to the best viewing spots and also took us to more secluded beaches in the area. Throughout the day, he took a series of family photos, which he said he would send to us at the end of the trip. On the two hour drive back to Melbourne, Stuart regaled us with stories of his experiences growing up on a dairy farm, played trivia games with the kids, and gave my daughter a crash course on the history of Uggs.

Stuart picked us up the following day at 1:30 PM to go to Phillips Island to see the world-famous penguin parade. On the way out of the city, he drove us through the Sporting District so we could see where the Australian Open is played as well as the soccer and Australian football stadiums. We stopped at a beach and another koala reserve before having an early dinner in Cowes at a small (kid-friendly) Italian restaurant (which was arguably the best meal we had in Australia!) Afterwards, we went to a scenic boardwalk along one of the beaches and then took the long way down to the penguin parade which enabled us to see dozens of wallabies and Cape Barren geese, which are white with lime-green beaks—spectacular! When we arrived at the penguin parade, Stuart again navigated us through the crowds to the entrance and he had already pre-purchased the tickets so we didn’t have to wait in line, which was pretty long. When we were planning the trip, Acacia had recommended the Guided Ranger Tour, which in addition to providing us with a semi-private guide, would allow us to sit in an area far away from the main grandstand closer to the penguins with a much better view and way fewer people. There were less expensive and more expensive viewing options, but Stuart said that he and Paul had personally done each one five times and the Guided Ranger Tour was by far the best. I can not do justice to how incredible the parade was, but suffice it to say that watching hundreds of these birds emerge from the ocean onto the beach at sunset in a coordinated manner and seeing the expression of sheer awe on the faces of my children as the penguins marched within several feet of them on their way to their nests for the night is something I will remember for the rest of my life—truly amazing and not to be missed! Afterwards, Stuart drove us back to Melbourne and dropped us off at our hotel just before midnight. Several days later, we received a personalized email from him thanking us for choosing his company, and an attachment with all of the photos he took of us.

Acacia Private Tours truly exceeded our expectations and enhanced our experience in the Melbourne area. Their professionalism and expertise was exceptional and I would recommend this company without hesitation to anyone.

Thank IBG1974
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StuartDobson, Owner at Acacia Luxury Private Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We can't thank-you enough for such a comprehensive and positive review of Acacia Luxury Private Tours. It is truly satisfying to learn that your days of touring were the highlights of your family vacation in Australia. Sharing this time was both enriching and memorable - a real pleasure. Once again, our sincere thanks for taking the time to sharing your experience.

Warm regards

Stuart

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We loved our tour with Acacia! We highly recommend them!
Stu, our guide was full of great & interesting information, making our day really great & fun.
Yarra Valley is beautiful and the wineries & restaurant Stu recommended for lunch were all top notch.
We also had enough time to do Yarra Valley Wildlife Park. Stu even toured & educated us there too!
Our tour was perfect and a highlight of our month in OZ. We'll definitely stay longer next time in Melbourne and do another or two Acacia tours. (+ We thought it was a great deal for all we got & did.)

Thank Lee S
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StuartDobson, Owner at Acacia Luxury Private Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

What a pleasure it was to show you the Yarra Valley. Thank-you so much for your review Lee. I hope we have the opportunity to show you more of our state - I think you would love Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges wine region.

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Stuart

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Reviewed 20 March 2018

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