Each of the resort's Field Guides is a skilled driver, highly knowledgeable of the demanding terrain and can tailor a safari tour around each guest's special interests to help you catch awe-inspiring views of the Blue Mountains and encounters with Australian wildlife.
For those with an inquisitive mind, Wolgan Valley's activities offer a chance for botanists, bird watchers and naturalists to discover the area is still abundant with the same intriguing species that so fascinated Charles Darwin.
Special interest tours are also available; please see below for further details. These take place all year round and are scheduled according to weather conditions on the day.
Duration: 1.5 hours
Our Field Guides will collect guests from the Main Homestead in a luxury four-wheel vehicle and drive them through the majestic Wolgan Valley between sheer sandstone cliffs. This tour will set off an hour before sunset, providing guests the best opportunities to observe Australia’s wildlife, which are most active at these times. Kangaroos, Wallaroos, Wallabies and a wide variety of smaller and less seen species are the focus. However, many native Australian birds and some of the nocturnal species are also active. Our Field Guides are well versed in local bush lore and history, and guests will be entertained while acquiring in-depth knowledge along the way.
The tour will also visit the Wollemi Pine Grove. Located in the protected site of the Wolgan Valley reserve, the Grove establishes a stand of archaeologically remarkable and unique species, the Wollemi Pine. The Wollemi Pine (Wollemia Nobilis) is one of the world's oldest and rarest tree species endemic to the Blue Mountains, belonging to a 35,000 year-old plant family. It was known only from fossil records and presumed extinct by botanists until it was rediscovered in 1994 in the Wollemi National Park, just outside of Sydney. Considered to be ‘the botanical find of the 20th century’, this discovery is akin to finding a dinosaur alive today.
The Wolgan Valley Wollemi Pine Grove is the only other “in the wild” Wollemi Pine grove in the world besides the original grove in the Wollemi Pine National Park, whose location is kept secret. It has been established with the assistance of David Noble, the New South Wales (NSW) National Parks and Wildlife Services officer who ’rediscovered’ the Pine in 1994.
From there the tour will follow a meandering route through the Wolgan Valley, with Guides following instinct and knowledge on seasonal and local animal movements to ensure that the widest possible diversity of wildlife is seen.
Guests will be able to take short walks at points of interest, enjoying the magnificent backdrop of the ever-changing hues of Wolgan Valley’s ancient sandstone escarpments.
The tour concludes with canapés accompanied by a glass of sparkling wine and refreshments bringing the day to a close, as guests watch the sun disappear over the horizon.
Tours depart late afternoon each day and is subject to weather conditions (Sundowners do not take place in Winter due to the cold but rather occurs at the Main Homestead).
Duration: 1 hour
Our Field Guides will meet guests at the Main Homestead and take them through the sheer valley escarpments in a luxury four-wheel drive.
Guests will have the unique opportunity to explore the fascinating nocturnal world of the Australian bush by means of spotlights, watching as the eyes of native Australian wildlife flash in front of them. A variety of Possums, Wombats, Wallaroos and smaller species will be seen, along with many lesser known and seldom seen species only emerging after dark.
Guests will also be escorted to a quiet and remote part of the Wolgan Valley, where they will be shown the magnificence of the southern sky at night, with their Field Guide pointing at stars and constellations including the famous Southern Cross.