The 7,000-acre resort is located between two national parks, the Gardens of Stone and the Wollemi National Park, in the World Heritage- listed Greater Blue Mountains region, a mere two and a half hours drive from Sydney on Australia’s Great Dividing Range.
Size and Style
The resort features 40 elegantly appointed freestanding villas reminiscent of the Federation period, each with its own private swimming pool, double-sided fireplace and surrounded by a private verandah that offers stunning views of the valley.
Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley is a family friendly resort and welcomes children of all ages. The resort offers the Wolgan Rangers program, full of daily exciting adventures tailored to the ages and interests of both young and older children. The program includes a broad range of fun outdoor and indoor activities inspired by the natural environment. Activity themes include bush survival, Australian animals and birds, fossil hunting, adventure hikes, bugs and insects, water worlds, yabbying, arts and crafts, orienteering and archery.
Yes, guests can arrive via private chauffeur or alternatively via helicopter.
You Need To Know
Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley is a rich habitat for unique native fauna, and guests regularly encounter wallabies, kangaroos and wallaroos, as well as a range of nocturnal marsupials including gliders and possums when participating in many of the resorts nature-based activities including the Wildlife and Sundowners Tour, Nocturnal Stargazing and Spotlighting Tour, Guided Nature Walks and Horseback Riding.
On Site Dining
The Wolgan Dining Room: Situated in the resort’s Main Homestead, the Wolgan Dining Room offers an elegant yet stylish ambience in which one can enjoy both breakfast and dinner. Featuring lofty, timber beamed ceiling and sandstone walls, opening onto a stunning verandah with panoramic valley views surrounded by steep escarpments.
The Country Kitchen: A providore-style cafe, the Country Kitchen is the perfect place to visit for lunch or a snack and is a relaxed eatery perfumed with the rich aromas of freshly-baked bread, house-roasted coffee and an array of daily specials.
For those who prefer a sports regime, there is a tennis court, a 25 metre infinity pool and the One&Only Fitness Centre featuring state-of-the-art equipment from Technogym®, a plunge pool, sauna and steam room.
Each of the 40 villas has its own temperature controlled swimming pool as well as a 25-metre infinity pool located close by the Main Homestead for all guests to enjoy.
Those seeking serious downtime can head to One&Only Spa, where the founder of Australia’s premium Sodashi skincare range, Megan Larsen, worked closely with the spa team to develop a menu of spa therapies highlighting the indigenous ingredients found growing in the area. Treatments include the Wattle Seed Body Renewal and Australian Mineral Facial. Each of the six treatment rooms features its own Japanese-style soaking tub, changing area, bathroom and shower.
Eco and Community Initiatives
Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley was the first resort in the world to achieve internationally accredited carbon-neutral certification when it opened in 2009, and remains the only resort in Australia with this standard of accreditation. It is also the only Australian resort in recent history granted permission to build in close proximity to a World Heritage Area, and was built according to a philosophy of complete integration with its environment.
In addition to being built according to Ecologically Sustainable Design principles – including rainwater collection, domestic water recycling, heat exchange technology and solar panels – Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley undertakes extensive and wide-ranging conservation at the property. The focus of these programmes is the protection of regional biodiversity and the restoration of habitat. The resort’s extensive conservation work helps to re-establish and secure a future for many of the region’s 1,500 native and endangered species.
Enjoy a morning with the Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley conservation team and take a fascinating journey into the ecology of the Blue Mountains. Make a ‘hands on’ contribution to the restoration and protection of the reserve with fun and meaningful conservation work (such as tree planting, testing of water quality and wombat surveys) that provides an important habitat for native wildlife and helps protect the health of the beautiful Carne Creek and Wolgan River.