One&Only Wolgan Valley

Conservation-based, historical, luxe

Blue Mountains, New South Wales


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At a Glance

Taking up only one percent of its own 7,000-acre conservancy, Emirates Wolgan Valley seamlessly blends luxury with the outback while managing to remain eco-friendly.

Indagare Loves

  • The hotel’s distinction as the first in the world to achieve internationally accredited carbon-neutral certification
  • Conservation activities, wildlife safaris, horseback riding adventures and heritage tours
  • The holistic therapies that use Australia’s Sodashi line, considered the world’s purest spa brand of products


This luxury eco-resort in the Blue Mountains feels like an Australian version of a high-end dude ranch. The resort sits in a valley of the Greater Blue Mountains that is surrounded on both sides by national parks. The region is rich in wildlife and home to about 120 species of vertebrates, including kangaroos, wallabies, koalas and wombats as well close to 100 varieties of birds plus many rare plants and trees.

Each of the 40 rooms is a true sanctuary, offering stunning views of the Wolgan Valley landscape. Living and bedrooms are split by double-sided fireplaces and have private pools and decks. The spa further enhances the experience, offering pampering, holistic treatments designed to restore and revive.

Because of its natural bounty, the true focus of the resort is on environmental exploration and appreciation. Adventure options include golf, nocturnal wildlife experiences, photography expeditions and canyoning. For kids there is archery, stunt kite flying and “bushcraft” (wilderness survival lessons). Horseback riding is a great way to get out and see the area surrounding the lodge, and everyone from beginners to advanced riders can enjoy leisurely trail walks and rides through the stunning scenery. (Note: horseback riding is only offered on certain days, although private outings can be arranged on any day of the week. Advanced bookings are required.) The lodge also offers incredible nature walks, which are led by expert field guides who offer insight into the history of the region and the native flora and fauna. A thrilling but challenging trek, the glow-worm tunnel hike takes guests to an abandoned railway tunnel that is alight thanks to hundreds of the bioluminescent larvae.

For those really looking to get off the beaten path, the Emirates  offers Polaris and 4WD adventure tours. Both types of vehicles can get guests to areas otherwise inaccessible by car, and provide excellent wildlife viewing opportunities. Guests can search for ancient fossils or pan for gold and then enjoy a leisurely picnic lunch.

Please note that as of June 9, 2023, Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley has temporarily closed, due to accessibility issues caused by a landslide in November 2022. A reopening date has not yet been announced.

Who Should Stay

Anyone looking to experience the wilderness of the Blue Mountains or those who want a weekend away from Sydney.

Written by Lisa Jackson

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