Location New South Wales 190 km or 3 hour drive north-west from Sydney Wolgan Valley Gardens of Stone National Park to the north and south Wollemi National Park to the east Part of The Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage site
History Australia is home to the oldest living culture in the world—evidence of first hunters dates back 12,000 years Today, the territory is shared by four Aboriginal Nations; the Wiradjuri are most predominant The name Wolgan Valley is derived from the Aboriginal word, 'wolga', used for the vine commonly known as Old Man's Beard, found throughout the region In 1823, Robert Hoddle was first European to discover Wolgan Valley The Homestead was built in 1832 from materials found almost entirely on site using the traditional slab hut method of construction In 1929, the Webb family arrived at the Homestead to graze their cattle and sheep and the land grant remained in family until 2006
Vision Statement “The project aim is to create a natural sanctuary where guests can enjoy absolute luxury tranquility and connection with nature. The project has been designed to sit lightly within its environment, in a manner that is sympathetic to the very special natural, cultural and scenic values of the valley.”
What do you think needs to be taken into consideration to achieve this vision?
Proposed Modifications to Concept Plan Addition of an off-site electricity line including fiber optic cable to service the site Modified resort layout: Relocation of helipad Re-alignment of the internal access road Addition of gatehouse (not visible from Wolgan Road) Addition of stables (for 12 horses) Supply of water Relocation of staff accommodation and maintenance areas Incorporation of National Parks and Wildlife Services land Addition of feral fence
National Parks and Wildlife Services Land Re-Distribution
Cultural Heritage How do you preserve the cultural heritage? CLASS ROLEPLAY
Development On November 21st, 2007, Emirates Airline commenced the development of the $69 million luxury Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa in Australia's Blue Mountains, a project that will see the transformation of 4,000 acres of distressed farming land into a high-value conservation site. Two percent of the 4,000 acres will be used to create an exclusive resort of 40 free-standing suites and a main homestead that will feature fine dining, a Timeless Spa, pool area and conference facilities. The remaining land will be progressively restored to its natural state with the reintroduction of native fauna and flora. The Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa opened on October 1st, 2009.