23 August 2019 - This August, Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley, Australia’s ultra-luxury, conservation-based nature resort, will launch the first ‘Wolgan Warrior Adventure Challenge’, an exclusive 21-kilometre trail run. Available to only 10 guests every month, the course was mapped out by an expert team of Field Guides who scoured the reserve to design an experience where guests can experience Wolgan Valley like never before. Trail runners can explore the wild, inspiring and rarely accessed parts of the resort’s extraordinary wilderness setting, and at the same time, build fitness and endurance.
The course has been developed with a profound respect for the environment and desire to protect the surrounding World Heritage-listed national parks, hence each monthly challenge is available exclusively to only 10 participants. Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley is proud to have been granted trail running Ecopass permissions by National Parks & Wildlife Services.
Officially launching on 27 September 2019, the guided Wolgan Warrior course will link three of the valley’s iconic peaks for off-track hiking and trail running: Razorback Ridge (277m elevation from the valley floor), Mount Wolgan (294m elevation from the valley floor), and Donkey Mountain (365m elevation from the valley floor). Wolgan Warriors will navigate sheer sandstone escarpments, soaring mountain peaks, pristine creeks, dense bushland and sweeping plains, led by a dedicated Field Guide who is steeped in knowledge of the local terrain.
The trail begins at Razorback Ridge, which separates the southern valley from the vast meadows of the western valley, with its arid environment and fascinating diversity of reptiles, birds and specialist plants. After tackling this peak, the warriors dart across to Mount Wolgan, and explore its thick eucalyptus canopy as the terrain steepens. The runners will then zig-zag through beautifully coloured sandstone boulders as they commence the ascent of Donkey Mountain, the famous rock which looms over the resort. Separated into two sections, the saddle and the ascent, this is where the runners earn their stripes as a true Wolgan Warrior.
Wolgan Warrior weekends will be tailored to include special menus, stretching sessions and therapeutic massages to round out the unparalleled adventure experience. On arrival to Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley for the warrior weekend, participants will be treated to a Sundowners and Wildlife Tour, which will include a course briefing, recce and drinks at Naglow Knoll. Guests will also receive their entrant packs with Wolgan Warrior running gear by Aussie Grit Apparel, the resort’s technical apparel partner to ensure they are ready to take on the great outdoors. Runners will also receive specialised sports nutrition and hydration supplements provided by Koda Nutrition to ensure they are well equipped during the run.
The Wolgan Warrior Adventure Challenge will kick off at 9am on Friday morning, allowing five hours for participants to tackle the 21-kilometre track. In the afternoon, guests will have the option to enjoy therapeutic spa treatments, take advantage of the plunge pool, sauna and steam facilities, followed by a campfire at 1832 Heritage Homestead to celebrate their achievements with drinks, canapés and an awards ceremony. On Sunday morning, guests cap off their eco-weekend with a conservation tree planting within the Wolgan Warrior Zone to commemorate the run.
Tucked away in a 7,000-acre reserve and surrounded by majestic cliffs and canyons, Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley is fabled for its restorative powers; a place to rejuvenate mind, body and spirit, with endless opportunities for exploration and adventure. The Wolgan Warrior Adventure Challenge has been developed in direct response to feedback from guests eager to test their endurance, stamina and navigation skills in the surrounding wilderness without having to sacrifice a sense of pleasure and indulgence.
“For so many of our guests, a visit to Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley is a rare opportunity to connect with nature through our amazing programme of outdoor activities, such as horseback riding, bike riding and hiking trails,” says James Wyndham, General Manager. “We are excited to be the first ultra-luxury resort in Australia to offer an experience like the Wolgan Warrior Adventure Challenge, giving our active guests the chance to really push their physical limits in this stunning natural environment, whilst still being able to enjoy all the resort has to offer.”
Entry into the Wolgan Warrior Adventure Challenge is AUD $295 (approx. USD $207) per participant and is open only to guests staying at the resort. This includes participation in all Wolgan Warrior Adventure Challenge activities; Sundowners Tour, Adventure Challenge and Campfire, a 45-minute Warrior Wind Down Massage and a selection of exclusive Wolgan Warrior merchandise (Aussie Grit running top, Camelbak water bottle, and a tote bag).
Two-night accommodation packages for two adults at Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley start at AUD $2,090 (approx. USD $1,470) per evening in a Heritage Villa with private pool, including gourmet breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, local wines and beers with meals, non-alcoholic beverages with meals and two nature-based activities.