Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley
Ultra-luxury on a pristine nature reserve
- 40 villas
- Swimming pool
- Restaurant and wine cellar
- Tennis court
- Spa and sauna
- Horse riding
- Bird watching
- Nature walks
Only two and a half hours drive from Sydney, enter a world away from it all at Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley. There is a strong focus here on reducing waste and recycling, as well as finding increasingly environmentally sustainable ways to operate.
This seriously luxurious lodge is one special place. It sits in a 7,000-acre pristine nature reserve in the middle of two of Australia’s most prominent national parks. Luxury is in every detail, with opulent styling, all the creature comforts, cosy lounges with open fireplaces, and idyllic private swimming pools.
The 40 villas invoke a sense of total seclusion and privacy, with uninterrupted views into the wilderness that are frequented by hundreds of friendly kangaroos, wallaroos and wombats. Each villa has a temperature controlled inside-outside pool, a lounge with inviting, large sofas and double-fronted fireplaces.
The site of the hotel was originally a homestead in 1832 and the original farm buildings have been preserved and are now home to a museum. The restaurant offers panoramic views and serves up modern Australian cuisine using seasonal, local and organic produce.
The star attraction of the property has to be its stunning surroundings, which you can explore by foot, bicycle, horseback or go on guided hikes and bird watching excursions. Return to the homestead at the end of the day and sink into the plush armchairs in front of the fire with a gin and tonic, soak up more of the scenery at the beautifully designed outdoor pool or head to the excellent spa for treatments which uses the hotel’s own range of organic products.
Reduce and recycle
A long-term goal of Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley is to minimise the waste sent to landfills and maximise recycling efforts. All waste is sorted into recyclable, wet and non-recyclable and all plastic items are currently being replaced with environmentally sustainable items. The resort recently opted to take part in a bin-trim programme that will see food waste converted into water and also received approval from NSW Environment Protection Authority to turn green waste into water for irrigation. In 2018, the resort installed three outdoor filtered water stations to encourage guests to use the multi-use bottles that are provided on arrival to further reduce use of glass and plastic bottles. Guests are encouraged to take these bottles home to continue this practice.
Green building principles were embedded in the design and construction of the resort and Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley constantly explores new ways to decrease its reliance on coal-fired electricity. This includes the use of energy-saving technology such as fluorescent and LED light globes, sensors and timers, as well as solar panels for hot water supplies and exterior lighting. Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley has proudly maintained its carbon-neutral certification for ten consecutive years since opening, from the internationally-accredited Greenhouse Gas Certification Scheme, carboNZero.
Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley has recently joined Streamwatch, a citizen-science monitoring program, established by Sydney Water, to monitor the health of Carne Creek and Wolgan River waterways and track improvements to the natural waterways over time. Over 200,000 trees have been planted across the property, using seeds from native species collected onsite and grown at a local nursery, with a strong focus on the streamside revegetation of Carne Creek, and the Wolgan River, as well as creating habitat corridors to reconnect natural areas.
A debilitating condition affecting Australia’s wombat population is Sarcoptic Mange, spread to wombat populations via the introduced feral predators. In conjunction with Emirates, the resort funds research into this disease through a partnership with the academic community, particularly the University of Western Sydney. The survival and protection of Australia’s iconic wombat population has been significantly enhanced by the introduction of new technology – the WomSAT app and website. Proceeds from the Signature Nocturnal Tour & the sale of wombat toys from the Heritage Boutique also support this vital research.
Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley offers guests the opportunity to choose a company called Evoke for their transfers to and from the resort. Evoke use Tesla cars and are audited annually as 100% carbon neutral. The resort also has two hybrid vehicle charging stations and two Tesla charging stations available for guests to recharge hybrid and full electric vehicles whilst staying at the resort.
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