Emirates’ Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa is a luxury conservation-based resort located in Australia's Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage area, about 3 hours drive from Sydney. Modelled on the acclaimed Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa in Dubai, but with inimitable Australian style, the resort is set within its own private conservation and wildlife reserve where guests can enjoy absolute luxury, tranquility and a connection with nature.
Spread out at the foot of towering sandstone cliffs, the homestead-style resort occupies just 2% of the resort's 4,000 acres; the remainder is dedicated to restoring and preserving all manner of native species. Up to 90 guests are catered for in 40 free-standing suites each with private swimming pool and there is a main homestead with luxury facilities and stand-alone Timeless Spa.
A perfect retreat for couples or for a family, the Suites present large living spaces and stunning bedrooms. Whether dining in and celebrating with a family meal, watching a film from the resort's extensive collection, relaxing on the verandah or enjoying a dip in the pool, the Suites offer the perfect environment to make the most of the unique location.
Amenities include a double sided fireplace, LCD TV, DVD player & sound system, international TV channels, high-speed internet access, iPod docking station, binoculars for wildlife viewing, mountain bikes and all the conveniences you would expect in an exceptional luxury resort.
Guests are able to appreciate the very special natural, cultural and scenic values of the Wolgan Valley through a range of nature based activities including four wheel drives, guided Aboriginal interpretive tours, nature walks, wildlife spotting and horse riding.
There are 36 one-bedroom Heritage Suites, three two-bedroom Wollemi Suites and 1 private lodge all with private pools. The Heritage Suites are constructed in Federation Style from wood and stone and the views from the deck, the pool and within are stunning. Earthy tones, thick natural cottons and linens and locally crafted furniture reflect timeless elegance. Wollemi Suites are like private lodges and with two bedrooms and plenty of living space both inside and out, are ideal for a family. All suites feature: private pool, courtyard garden, fireplace, separate living room and bedroom, en suite with twin vanities and separate shower and bathtub, walk in wardrobe, air con, TV, DVD and sound system, wifi, iPod docking station, hairdryer, safe and mountain bikes.
Children are very welcome at Wolgan Valley Resort and there are fully supervised children's activities for children from the ages of 4-14 which include games, sports and educational activities such as bush bingo, bushcraft, stunt kite flying, pony rides and archery.
Dining at the Country Kitchen is a relaxed wholesome affair. Meals can also be enjoyed at the Wolgan Dining Room by the fireplace in winter or on the beautiful deck in the summer. The Valley Bar and Terrace Lounge are also lovely. The Timeless Spa offers a huge collection of treatments with quality products and specialist techniques aimed at enhancing wellness, relaxation and healing. There is a large communal pool, nearby riding stables, fully equipped gym, sauna, steam room and tennis courts.
There is an abundance of activities in and around Wolgan Valley Resort and mountain bikes are provided free of chare for guests to use to explore. There are also plenty of nature walks surrounding the resort or you could go horse riding, join a guided nature treks, an Aboriginal cultural tour or a 4x4 wildlife safaris.
When to travel
In the southern half of Australia the seasons are the opposite of those in the northern hemisphere: spring comes in September, summer is from December to February, autumn runs from March to May, and winter begins in June.
Outback New South Wales is great to visit year round but if you want warm sun and dry weather it is best to try between November and April.
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Location and directions
Wolgan Valley, Australia
Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa is 190 kilometres, or a 3-hour drive from Sydney in New South Wales. The surrounding Blue Mountain townships are all close-at-hand, as are attractions such as the Zig-zag Railway, cable car, Three Sisters and Jenolan Caves. The Wolgan Valley is approximately 26 kilometres long. The Resort & Spa is located at the southern end of the Valley, at the foot of Mount Wolgan and Donkey Mountain.
How to get there
Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa offers transfers from Sydney by both land and helicopter. Land transfers are operated on a 4 wheel drive touring basis, providing guests with the opportunity to explore and appreciate the spectacular Blue Mountains region en-route to Wolgan Valley. The journey is 3-hours.
The helicopter transfer offers guests an unforgettable aerial journey over Sydney and the breathtaking canyons. Travel time is between 50-60 minutes one way.