We stayed in the Heritage Suite, the perfect couples retreat, which is beautifully furnished and comes with a private heated pool, complimented with views of the valley. As soon as we arrived, we felt this immense sense of serenity, being so close to nature and in such comfortable settings. To help ease us into a complete state of relaxation,we treated
ourselves to a facial and massage at the resort's Timeless Spa. Bliss.
The Heritage Suite
Did you know that Wolgan Valley Resort is the first carbonzero certified resort in the world? This is not an opulent, wasteful, over-the-top resort; it is extremely respectful and sensitive of its surroundings and we especially love the beautiful furniture and fittings made with upcycled materials such as old timber fences, canvas tarpaulin, railway sleepers, old rocks - all sourced from the area and given a new lease of life.
One of my favourite things to do was to jump into the private pool, which was set at a lovely 25 degrees. Swimming certainly agrees with my pregnant condition; it is low impact and the extra weight I'm carrying is cushioned by the water so I can comfortably exercise and that made me feel so revived. In fact, one day, I woke up extra early for an invigorating morning swim - much to Stu's bewilderment (he knows how much I love a lazy sleep in!).
The resort offers a number of nature activities each day such as horse riding, guided walks, mountain biking and so on. Given my pregnant condition, we opted instead to pat and feed the horses at the stables, went for a couple of slow, easy walks and my favourite - the wildlife safari and sundowner tour whereby we explored the property in a four wheel drive, drove over creeks and hills, were educated about highly endangered Wollemi pine, spotted native birds, mobs of kangaroos, wallaroos and the most exciting of all - an albino wallaby! I only had my iphone camera on me but you can just see it in the photo below.
The tour ended at the 1832 colonial homestead which had been painstakingly restored by the resort. There, we visited the kitchen garden which provided for some of the nuts, fruits and vegetables we were served at mealtimes. We had drinks and canapes while watching the sun set over the mountain cliffs.
1832 colonial homestead
Sunflowers at the kitchen garden
We had such a splendid time, there's hardly anything I can fault about our stay at the resort. The whole time, I got this feeling that nothing bad could ever happen to us here in
Wolgan Valley - so cocooned I was in comfort and style. I reckon this must be the real-life "Tiffany's" that Audrey
Hepburn had been searching for!