Each of the Field Guides at Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley is a skilled driver, highly knowledgeable of Australia’s demanding terrain and can tailor a safari adventure tour around each guest's special interests to help you experience awe-inspiring views of the Blue Mountains and encounters with Australian wildlife.
For those with an inquisitive mind, Wolgan Valley's adventure tours offer a chance for botanists, bird watchers and naturalists to discover an area still abundant with the same intriguing species that so fascinated Charles Darwin.
Special interest and private touring experiences are also available at an additional cost. These take place all year round and are scheduled according to weather conditions on the day.
Wolgan Wildlife and Sundowner Tour
Duration: 1.5 hours
Scheduled: Daily (late afternoon)
Guests will be collected from the Main Homestead in a 4WD vehicle by a Field Guide who will take them through the majestic Wolgan Valley, travelling between sheer sandstone cliffs. The tour sets off an hour before sunset to give guests the best opportunity to observe Australia’s wildlife, which is most active at this time. Guests will see kangaroos, wallaroos, wallabies and a wide variety of smaller, lesser known species plus many native birds. Field Guides are well versed in local bush lore and history and guests will be entertained and educated along the way.
This tour will usually visit the Wollemi Pine Grove. Located in the protected site of the Wolgan Valley Reserve, the grove is home to a truly remarkable and unique species – the Wollemi Pine. The Wollemi Pine (Wollemia nobilis) is one of the world's rarest tree species and is endemic to the Blue Mountains. Until 1994, it was known only from Jurassic fossil records, and presumed extinct by botanists, until it was famously rediscovered to be surviving within the Wilderness Area of Wollemi National Park. Its rediscovery is considered to be the botanical find of the 20th century and has often been described as akin to finding a dinosaur alive today.
The tour follows a meandering route through the Wolgan Valley with guides relying on their knowledge of seasonal and local animal movements to locate wildlife. Guests can take short walks at points of interest to enjoy the magnificent backdrop of Wolgan Valley’s ancient sandstone escarpments. The tour concludes with canapés, refreshments and a glass of sparkling wine while guests watch the sun disappear over the horizon.
Note: Tours depart daily in the late afternoon and are subject to weather conditions. Sundowners do not take place in winter due to the cold, but are offered at the Main Homestead instead.
Nocturnal Wildlife Spotlighting & Stargazing
Duration: 1 hour
Be escorted through the sheer valley escarpments in a luxury, four-wheel-drive vehicle, as we explore the nocturnal world of the Australian Bush after dark.
Spot a variety of possums, wombats, wallaroos, owls and smaller species often only discovered in the dark of night, before retreating to a remote area of the valley to experience the magnificence of the southern sky at night. Learn about the stars and constellations, including the famous Southern Cross.
Warm clothing is recommended.
Tours depart daily in the late afternoon and are subject to weather conditions. Sundowners do not take place in winter.