In early February, Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley reopened and began welcoming guests back to the valley, following the resort’s temporary closure in response to the bushfires that were raging across Australia.
Large areas of the bushland that surrounds Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley remain untouched—and the landscape affected by the bushfires is starting to regenerate with the recent rains. “Thanks to the incredible efforts of the NSW (New South Wales) Rural Fire Service, the resort itself was spared and is in excellent condition,” an official release reads. Perhaps most important: The native wildlife that call the 7,000-acre Wolgan reserve home have already returned with kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, reptiles and birdlife roaming abundantly.
Now is a great time to visit Wolgan Valley to witness the regeneration of the landscape and to participate in meaningful conservation work.
Simone Brooks, Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley's activities and conservation manage
“This is a rare opportunity to observe firsthand the resilience and extraordinary transformation of nature and to contribute to our conservation efforts,” said Simone Brooks, activities and conservation manager. “We are deeply appreciative of the contributions of our guests; with their help, we have built a seedbank of over one million seeds representing 25 local native species that is now playing a vital role in repopulating areas of damage.”
The conservations teams additionally work to re-establish habitats by collecting fallen timbers, organic matter and branches to recreate natural habitat complexity for the creatures that have been heavily impacted by the bushfire.
In regard to the resort, the fires have not affected any of the activities/amenities offered as the Main Homestead, villas, 1832 Heritage Homestead and immediate surroundings were spared. The Wolgan Warriors half marathon route is currently being reconfigured by the resort’s Field Guides; guests will take on the challenge this summer.