At a glance

  • You'll love

    The absolute luxury

    Fine wining and dining

    Timeless Spa

  • Kids will love

    Wide, open spaces


    Wildlife safaris

  • Don’t expect

    Anything nearby

    Late-night revelry

    A kids' club



Family-friendly Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley in the Blue Mountains transports luxury lodgings to a jaw-dropping expanse of sun-blessed escarpments. With more than 4,000 acres of pristine wilderness to play in, and horse riding, mountain-biking and wildlife tours on tap, the children will be laughing; delicious dining, a world-class spa and plunge pool-toting villas will keep adults more than happy.

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Here's what you get for booking Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley with us:

A gourmet Wolgan picnic hamper for families, to be enjoyed on the reserve

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‘Wolgan's amazing staff, armed with a kid-friendly activities plan spanning bush craft and kite flying, can handle children beautifully and keep them (and us) occupied, alert and alive to possibility’

Andrew Upton


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Need To Know


40 villas, including spacious two- and three-bedroom retreats ideal for families.


11am, but flexible, subject to availability (try not to leave, ever!). Check-in, 3pm.


Double rooms from £1278.52 (AU$2,273), excluding tax at 10 per cent.

More details

Rates include all meals (with non-alcoholic drinks and select regional wines and beer), plus two daily on-site nature activities a person. Spa services, premium alcohol, minibar items and room service cost extra. Children Cots are supplied free for under-threes. If you need them, extra beds can be added to villas for AU$350 a night for children aged three to 12, and AU$600 a night for over-12s.


The sorts of activities Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley prides itself on – nature walks, horse riding and the like – and the surrounding terrain don't lend themselves to pushchairs and prams. Those who love to run for miles will be far more at home.

At the hotel

Swimming pool, spa, sauna, steam room, restaurants, bar, wine cellar, tennis court, gym, mountain bikes, equestrian centre, DVD/CD library, playroom, boutique, free WiFi throughout.

In your room

Temperature-controlled private pool, terrace, fireplace, flatscreen TV, movies on demand, DVD/CD players, preloaded iPod, minibar, coffee machine, binoculars.

Our favourite rooms

The three secluded Wollemi Villas each have two ensuite bedrooms, the second with a king-size bed that can be ‘unzipped’ into two king singles, as well as generous living and dining areas. There is also one three-bedroom residence, the Wolgan Villa, with a gourmet kitchen, dining room and wraparound veranda (the second and third bedroom can be set up with a king or twin beds). Children will love these villas’ slightly larger private pools. As with all the villas, interiors boast heritage Federation-era details teamed with modern luxury, and bathrooms have both baths and separate showers for blissful bathing.


Each villa has its own generous, heated plunge pool, sealed off in a space with a high door handle that’s unreachable by infants or young children. There’s also a large landscaped main pool near the Lodge, flanked by loungers and heated from mid-October to mid-April. There’s no lifeguard on duty here, but there are child-proof safety gates and the shallow end is suitable for small Smiths, providing you keep a close eye on them (it’s ideal for wading, but beware the drop-off to 1.5 metres after the step).


You’ll want to linger in the private soaking tub long after your treatment is over – and you can, because the Timeless Spa opens at 8am and continues through to 8pm. Choose from facials, massages and body therapies using Sodashi and Babor products, with couples’ treatment rooms if you fancy company. Treatments also use indigenous ingredients, such as wattle seed and eucalyptus, and you've the option to have your massage in your own villa if you prefer. The spa doesn't have a treatment menu designed with young ’uns in mind, but therapists welcome requests for children and teenagers and can give advice on the most appropriate treatments for the whole family. The hotel recommends that parents book treatments for themselves and their clan for the same time slot (under-16s need to be accompanied by an adult during their pampering session).


If your kids have something they can’t live without, make sure you pop it in their backpack. It’s a long way from Wolgan Valley to the nearest shop.

Book ahead

Each day there are children’s activities in the morning and afternoon that you can arrange with the Guest Services team at the resort. If your tribe is really keen on any particular experiences though, it's a good idea to book them when you make a reservation to avoid disappointment. Also be sure to reserve spots at the crèche when you bag your room; babysitters can be secured a day in advance.


Pets are not permitted, in order to protect native animals.


Wolgan prides itself on being Australia's first conservation-based luxury resort and is accredited by international group CarboNZero. Pastoral fencing has been removed, 200,000 indigenous trees have been planted and native wildlife reintroduced. Much of the hotel’s food is sourced from artisan suppliers within a 160-kilometre range, or grown in Wolgan’s own kitchen gardens.

Food and drink

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Flaunting panoramic views, the Wolgan Dining Room is an impressive affair, with cuisine showcasing seasonal, local, organic produce and a regional and international wine list as expansive as the vistas. It takes centre stage in the large, barn-like homestead, with the more relaxed, child-friendly Country Kitchen – a providore-style all-day café with communal tables – downstairs (try to resist the aroma of freshly baked bread and coffee while you pick up your gourmet picnic hampers…). Decor is antipodean country club with a contemporary twist – high-backed leather banquettes, comfy barrel chairs and cleverly recycled found objects (including wrought-iron washing mangles and a lightshade formed from old Driza-Bone coats). At dinner, sample daily-changing six-course tasting menus (nine at extra cost) or order à la carte. We recommend a local protein fix – the venison from nearby Mandagery Creek was our favourite.

Family fare

For families with under-8s in tow, dinner in the Wolgan Dining Room and Valley Bar is served between 6pm and 7.30pm, when there’s also a kids’ menu offering dishes such as Wolgan Valley beef burgers, spaghetti bolognaise, and sausages or barbecued chicken with mash and spring vegetables, followed by ice-cream. After that, you’ll need to order room service back at your villa (extra charges apply) or pre-book a babysitter if you’d like to dine later with your partner. Some of the à la carte dishes may appeal to junior palates – how does Morel mushroom risotto followed by coconut pannacotta and lemon sorbet sound? At the Country Kitchen, youngsters should be content with the easygoing menu of Ploughman’s platters, toast and pasta up for grabs.

Hotel Bar

The perfect spot for G&Ts at sundown, the Valley Bar & Terrace Lounge has a stylish, intimate vibe and spills out onto the veranda, complete with outside fire and leather-hide stockmen’s deckchairs with leg rests. Under-16s accompanied by parents are welcome in the bar until 7.30pm. They can canter through an extensive soft-drinks menu, including mocktails named in honour of the resident nags: Wrangler is mint and lime topped with sparkling apple juice; Marshmallow features freshly squeezed pineapple and orange juice, finished with a glug of lemonade and Bandit is a cranberry concoction with fresh lemon and lime.

Last orders

The welcoming Country Kitchen sees action from dawn until dusk (6am to 6pm), serving all-day coffees, light snacks and lunch (12 noon to 2pm); the Wolgan Dining Room is open for breakfast from 7am to 10am, and again for dinner from 6.30pm until 10pm. The Valley Bar & Terrace Lounge pours delicious drinks from 10.30am, closing after dinner.

Smith Insider

  • Top table

    If it’s warm, head out to the Dining Room’s beautiful, spacious veranda overlooking the valley. Otherwise, feasting by the open fire is cosy (and often mesmerising for tiny eyes).

  • Room service

    24 hours, offering a range of regional dishes; an AU$12 surcharge a room applies to each order. Child-friendly tastebud-ticklers include margherita pizzas, and burgers with fries. For a fun family night in, why not request a gourmet self-cook barbecue to fire up on your villa's terrace?


    Baby food and milk can be heated on request and a deliciously healthy assortment of packed lunches can also be arranged.


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Parent approved

‘Wolgan's amazing staff, armed with a kid-friendly activities plan spanning bush craft and kite flying, can handle children beautifully and keep them (and us) occupied, alert and alive to possibility’

Andrew Upton


The complimentary crèche, located in the main homestead, is open for all ages from 7am until 10pm. The space is unsupervised, so adults need to accompany their charges or book a babysitter. There’s a range of arts and crafts on offer, along with books and toys for 10-year-olds and under. Though spaces at the crèche don’t need to be booked, the hotel does recommend booking babysitting and kids’ activities in advance. Meals and snacks can be sent to the crèche on request.

Kids Club

There’s no kids’ club as such, but there are daily morning and afternoon activities sessions for older children. All are suitable for over-8s, but should your crew be younger, let one of the Guest Service team know and adjustments can be made to suit.


With a day’s notice, babysitting is available for AU$40 a child an hour (minimum three hours).


For absolute privacy, the main homestead (where the restaurants are located) is quite a distance from the villas, rendering monitors useless; you'll have to book a babysitter if you want to dine in the restaurant as a couple. You might like to bring your own monitor, though, if you plan to spend time on the veranda of your villa, drinking wine and staring at the stars.

Other Services

The kind folks at Wolgan Valley have devised the children’s programmes for those aged eight and older. If yours are a bit younger, give them some warning and they can adapt activities to suit. 

What's there already?

For babies

• Highchairs • Travel cot • Cot bedlinen • Soft toys • Pram

For toddlers

• Highchairs • Cots • Cot bedlinen • Buggy • Crayons/pens • Craft materials • Picture books • U-rated DVDs • Infant seats for bikes

For older children

• Bikes and bike helmets • Board games • Craft materials • DVDs • Books • Tennis kit • Archery kit


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Things to do

Wolgan is all about the great outdoors, and there are more than 4,000 acres of natural wilderness to discover here. Guided horse-riding takes in the magnificent scenery, nature walks or mountain biking allow you to observe the fauna and flora at close quarters, and the expert field guides can even fill you in on the Aboriginal and colonial heritage of the property. Slink away for some pampering at Timeless Spa while the kids enjoy some of the children’s activities specifically devised for curious young minds: bushcraft, archery, painting, kite-making, horse-riding lessons, rides on Polaris all-terrain vehicles and Junior Ranger survival skills. Choose between morning or afternoon sessions, or do both.

Sunny days

Where to start? Wolgan Valley is all about nature, so whether you and your brood want to stroll for miles seeking out kangaroos and birds, head out on a wildlife-snapping photography safari, or go off-road on the property’s mountain bikes, it’s all easily organised. The whole family will love the guided safaris, including nocturnal forays, with the chance to spy resident albino wallaroos; there are additional charges for some of the 'signature experiences.' If you need an infant seat for your bike, just ask. Younger ones will adore the horse and carriage rides, which tour Wolgan's conservation area, ideal for spotting kangaroos, wombats and other flora and fauna, with tips from expert guides. At the equestrian centre, kids aged 5–15 can have basic riding tuition in the arena (or join a trail if they’re deemed capable); under-5s can have gentle introductory sessions, too. There are also two tennis courts (all equipment is provided), and coaching or lessons are a possibility (arrange in advance).

Rainy days

A little rain won’t stop (horse) play, but should the weather turn, it’s tempting just to flop by your private pool and gaze at the jaw-dropping scenery, but parents can head to the spa or read by an open fire. Snuggle up with a family film or escort little ones to make the most of the unsupervised kids’ room, stocked with books, craft materials, toys and games; organised arts and crafts sessions use bark, leaves and flowers to create nature-inspired collages. Teens can check out the book on Charles Darwin in each villa, open at the page describing his two visits to Wolgan Valley in the 19th century – or jump in one of the all-terrain vehicles for a spin around the estate (don’t worry: a guide drives).

And there's more…

The platypus is the totem animal of the local Wiradjuri people, and you can look out for one of these shy creatures from the platypus deck.

Local Guide

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Smith tip

Ditch the high heels; you and your family will need sneakers or good walking boots to tackle the Blue Mountains trails.

Don't miss…

… admiring the view of the iconic Three Sisters rock formations in Katoomba, en route to Wolgan Valley.

While the Blue Mountains has quaint villages and outstanding scenery in abundance, including the famous Three Sisters rocks at Katoomba, chances are that once you arrive at Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley you’ll never want to leave. If you’re visiting for an extended time, though, or fancy some family entertainment en route, there are some child-friendly excursions in the area. You will, however, need a car.

Within the Wollemi National Park, natural phenomenon the Glow Worm Tunnel at Newnes at the end of a disused railway line will certainly light up your day. Thousands of glow worms glimmer in this old tunnel attracting prey such as mosquitoes (so bring your repellant). Take a torch with you, but don’t shine it directly at the creatures – they’re sensitive to light and noise. Keep an eye open for shy lyrebirds.

If you like spooky places, the Jenolan Caves (+61 (0)2 6359 3911), considered Australia’s most amazing cave system, are a must-visit. There are 11 different show caves with underground rivers and limestone formations. The guided tours are the way to go, with special ones for children aged 7–12. Join some of the dedicated tours to discover fossils, the caves’ animal inhabitants and to learn cave mapping. Get the adrenalin pumping with one of the adventure caving tours that will have you abseiling, crawling through tiny spaces and exploring deserted caverns.

On the drive to Wolgan Valley from Sydney, call in at Brown's Siding Store & Cafe at 1 Railway Parade, Medlow Bath (+61 (0)2 4788 1555) – opposite the grand Hydro Majestic Hotel – to refuel. Pastry chef Kerry Colyannidis serves breakfast, lunch and everything in between. Juniors will love the buttermilk pancakes with home-made strawberry sauce, and the fish pie is a lunchtime favourite. Art deco classic The Paragon (+61 (0)2 4782 2928) in the heart of Katoomba, at 65 Katoomba Street, is another good stop if bellies need to be filled on the way to Wolgan Valley. The Devonshire tea is sure to satisfy more mature palates; nippers can tuck into toasted sandwiches, waffles and hot chocolate.

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Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley
2600 Wolgan Valley Road, Blue Mountains, NSW 2790, Australia
Hotel setting

No expanse spared

Getting There

Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley is located in a private nature and conservation reserve in the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, and can be reached from Sydney in less than three hours by car.


Fly into Sydney's Kingsford Smith Airport (, around 190km from Wolgan, a hub for numerous international and domestic flights.


CityRail ( and Great Southern Rail ( services run from Sydney to Lithgow Station. From there, the 35km, 45-minute transfer to the resort costs around AU$150 each way by taxi (up to four people) or AU$165 each way for groups of up to six via a local tour operator.


Driving to Wolgan Valley, 190km north-west of Sydney, is an adventure in itself, and leaving your car at the gate – a resort policy – only adds to the sense of arrival at a place of some remoteness and seclusion. Two routes are suggested: via Katoomba and the Blue Mountains proper, or via Richmond and the strangely named Bells Line of Road, a long, spectacular and less populated drive direct over the hills to Lithgow. Free on-site parking is provided near the hotel. Alternatively, luxury 4WD transfers can be arranged for AU$695 one way per vehicle via Bells Line of Road, or for AU$968 via Katoomba; just ask Smith24 for more information.


If you don't fancy the winding drive up the mountains, Sydney Helitours ( can chopper you into the valley, from AU$750 one way per person. The 45-minute helicopter flight from Sydney Airport takes in the Sydney CBD, Harbour Bridge and Opera House before heading west towards the Blue Mountains and Wolgan Valley. Combination packages flying in and driving out, or vice versa, are also yours to command.

Parent travel tip

Three hours can be a long time for kids to be trapped in a car, particularly if they’ve just got off a long flight, so plan a night or two in Sydney first or some breaks along the way. If you’re travelling through the Blue Mountains consider Scenic World ( at Katoomba where you can check out the scenery from a train, cable car or elevated walkway. On the Bells Line of Road, there’s a park at Ham Common near Richmond with swings, a picnic area, toilets and a café.


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Smith & Family  Parent Panel reviews

Every property featured in the Smith & Family collection – including Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley – has been selected and approved by parents.

Imagine a luxury lodge crossed with Jurassic Park, and you’ll come close to channelling the eco-chic Wolgan experience. Set amid 4,000 acres of pristine wilderness, towering escarpments and sun-kissed canyons, this romantic rural retreat brings together a conservation area and the latest in high design and creature comforts. And all this isolation is just three hours' drive from Sydney.

Soak up the killer valley vistas from the privacy of your standalone Federation-style villas, where in-room swimming pools, baths with views and private verandas come as standard. Kids aged eight and above are in for the adventure of a lifetime, testing their survival skills as a Junior Ranger, learning to saddle up at the equestrian centre, spying albino wallaroo on a nature safari or star-spotting from the deck by night. Early dinner sittings for children, babysitters to give you a breather, fine dining for grown-ups and an immense natural playground make this a family-friendly experience never to be forgotten…

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