Discover A Magical Winter Wonderland
As the last of the autumn leaves fall, Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley transforms into a magical wintry wonderland. Breathe in the crisp mountain air, curl up by the roaring fireplace, embark on a wildlife adventure at dusk, indulge in an after-dinner gin tasting or simply gaze at the star-filled sky. Do as much or as little as you please, as we celebrate the very best of the winter season.
Lace up your boots or jump on your bike and wander deep into the Greater Blue Mountains to discover the winter secrets of the Australian bush. Explore the magnificent world of our valley in the winter time, when the native wildlife is most active. With over 100 species of birds in the valley, kick start your day with a bird-watching adventure. Feel the crisp mountain air cool your face and your muscles warm as you listen to the delicate birdsong and marvel at the beauty of nature.
As the sun starts its slow descent towards the horizon, casting a glorious, golden hue across the ancient sandstone of the escarpments, many of our native animals are starting to become active. You'll see kangaroos, wallaroos and wallabies, possibly even our wedge-tailed eagles. Capture the wildlife and spectacular scenery on camera as you go. You’ll also visit the Wollemi Pine Grove to see one of the world’s rarest trees.
A whole new experience emerges after dark, as the sky fills with shining stars. In the evening, seek out the best places to encounter possums, wombats, gliding marsupials and owls, and observe the nocturnal behaviour of kangaroos, wallabies and wallaroos.
Far away from the city lights, the stars in the valley shine ever so bright. Here, in these peaceful surrounds, take a telescope tour of the spectacular southern sky. Pinpoint planets, stars and even our nearest galaxies, and as you listen to some myths and star lore, sit back, relax and enjoy some fire-roasted marshmallows and mulled wine. Be sure to listen out for the gentle, resonant calls of Boobook and Barn Owls as they serenade you to sleep.
Or if you’re a little less adventurous, we invite you to find joy in the simple pleasures. As you arrive to your home away from home, your blissful villa is complete with all of the trimmings to ensure a relaxing stay. Imagine a magnificent four poster bed, complete with pillow menu, to rest your head and double-sided fire places blazing to keep you toasty warm. Take a dip in your private heated pool and top it all off, with a therapeutic soak in the sunken tub, or simply watch the sun set with a glass of local red wine as the kangaroos and wombats pass by.
Winter is the perfect time to indulge with some great food and wine, so perch yourself by the open fireplace in the Valley Lounge and savour a local pinot or sample a six-course seasonal ‘Taste of Wolgan’ degustation in the Wolgan Dining Room, where root vegetables and truffles will shine. Sample the flavours of the valley with a bespoke gin tasting, featuring our very own 1832 Wolgan Gin, distilled with pristine valley water and infused with hand-picked native lemon-scented tea tree.
Embark on a sensory journey of selected wines from our cellar, paired with an assortment of delectable local cheeses, honey, lavosh and preserves. Visit our walk-in wine cellar, with itsexpansive plate-glass windows and open doors where you’ll find over 150 labels, with a selection of Australian and international wines and a major focus on our local regions of Mudgee, Orange and the Hunter Valley.
You can also enjoy an array of unique culinary events highlighting some of Australia’s leading chefs, tastemakers, and winemakers throughout winter. Curated by award winning Executive Chef Nancy Kinchela, and designed to delight food and wine lovers, each gourmet experience reflects our culinary philosophy of celebrating the very best of seasonal and regional produce.
Embrace the spirit of Christmas in the month of July at Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley. From crackling bonfires to delicious festive treats and a traditional Christmas feast, enjoy an indulgent Yulefest celebration against the picturesque backdrop of the magnificent Wolgan Valley.
There’s no better way to unwind than with a pampering experience at the One&Only Spa. Treat yourself to a calming Sacred Stones Massage and allow the warmth of heated basalt stones to penetrate deep into your body whilst organic ginger and pine aromatherapy oils will heat tired muscles and leave you feeling warm from head to toe. Emerge in a state of deep relaxation.
Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced rider, there’s no better way to explore the spectacular valley than on horseback! Don your winter woollies and set off across rivers, over gloriously scenic hills, and through open grasslands . As you go, pass through mobs of kangaroos and wallaroos and experience the Australian bush at its finest.
Fancy a tipple or two? Embark on an indulgent gin tasting you’ll never forget. Venture down to pristine Carne Creek and forage for some native lemon-scented tea tree, then return to the resort to savour the flavours of nature as you sample our very own artisan gin.