WOLGAN VAL­LEY

Why this is the per­fect win­ter break.

GQ (Australia) - - INSIDE -

The dense bush­land west of Syd­ney hasn’t ever held any great ap­peal. “Quaint” is what Sydneysiders say of the moun­tain­ous re­gion and val­leys. So we headed to Wolgan Val­ley with lack­lus­tre en­thu­si­asm. See, here at GQ, hol­i­days evoke images of sun­shine, sea and sand – bush­men we’re not, and any place of­fer­ing ac­tiv­i­ties with ‘moun­tain’ as a prefx gen­er­ally aren’t for us. Emi­rates One&only Wolgan Val­ley – to use its proper name – shat­tered such sen­ti­ment. For a start, it’s far re­moved from the touristy tea houses of Ka­toomba – en­closed in what can only be ap­pre­ci­ated on ac­tu­ally be­ing there; a val­ley of im­mense girth, framed by 100-mil­lion-year-old sand­stone cliffs that shout their sense of Aus­traliana from ev­ery peak. Grandeur runs through all that’s on of­fer. Never home to more than 80 guests (hello ex­clu­siv­ity), the prop­erty has 40 stand-alone ‘suites’ or vil­las, in­clud­ing four larger ones for fam­i­lies – ar­ranged around a cen­tral home­stead hous­ing re­cep­tion and cheese room, along­side the main din­ing area and var­i­ous other of­fer­ings. Our lux­ury Her­itage Suite meant in­te­rior de­signs on the chic side of ‘coun­try’, a pri­vate 7m pool and king-size bed, with the right amount of tech to see you through a night in­doors – should you not wish to con­sume the nightly sunsets and dra­matic star shows. All meals are in­cluded in the room price – from a swish break­fast buf­fet to lunch and three-course din­ners that high­light deft culi­nary flair with lo­cally-sourced pro­duce from the Hunter Val­ley, Or­ange and Mudgee. Still, if the costs haven’t drained the wal­let – it’s ex­pen­sive – try the de­gus­ta­tion menu and the match­ing wines. Life at Wolgan is lived as one wants – from repos­ing at the cen­tral infnity pool to head­ing out to ex­plore the land­scape through the many, var­ied daily ac­tiv­i­ties (moun­tain bik­ing, horserid­ing, her­itage walks and more). Then there’s clay-pi­geon shoot­ing, archery and the ded­i­cated spa, fea­tur­ing prod­ucts from lux­ury lo­cal So­dashi. Or sim­ply sit back on the ve­randa with a cuppa – and con­tem­plate how ap­peal­ing this part of the Blue Moun­tains ac­tu­ally is.

INSIDE ONE OF THE RE­SORT’S HER­ITAGE SUITES; POOL­SIDE AT WOLGAN VAL­LEY’S ONE AND ONLY RE­SORT; A SCENIC VIEW OF THE RE­SORT.

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