Wild West

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    Riding into the outback by Renate Ruge
    Take a road trip out of Sydney and head to the outback to find canyons, wallabies, wombats and kangaroos at the nature reserve in Wolgan Valley. By Renate Ruge
    As you drive down the super steep winding cliff bound road that snakes into the valley past the Blue Mountains, the take-your-breath-away views of plunging canyon into verdant valley. Drive another 26km on a red dirt track, feeling very outback to reach Wolgan Valley the six star Emirates resort. Built in the manner of a federation ranch, the upscale resort is found at the bottom of a deep wide valley next to Wollemi National Park – the only place in the world where the Wollemi pine grows naturally in the wild.
    This place could be mistaken for the Garden of Eden. Kangaroos hop around wild lavender on lush green rolling plains. As the sun sets curious wombats pad around the gardens of the timber homestead villas, where Charles Darwin once visited the Wallerawang Homestead with its 1000 acres in 1836 some after it was built, where he struck by the size of the valley and baffled by its formation. Lorikeets, parrots and fluorescent-coloured birds flit between the trees and peregrine falcons patrol the skies above. If you take the horse-riding trail trotting up hills and splashing through creeks you are likely to catch a glimpse of a platypus, see snakes slithering underfoot and rabbits scamper away. By night you can take a sundowner tour to see kangaroos and wallabies or a nocturnal safari for some star gazing of the Southern Cross where you could spot the flashing eyes of possums, see glow worms and spy wombats, walleroos and wallabies graze in the meadows.
    Each villa has its own indoor outdoor pool. Fluffy blankets are strewn over plump cushions on rocking chairs where you can watch the sunset over the gum and eucalyptus trees. This place is luxury 101, with a top class spa and restaurant.
    The pool at Wolgan Valley by Renate Ruge
    Lunch for romantics means a picnic in a remote spot. A four-wheel drive in the outback finds a shady secluded place for the ultimate romantic picnic under blue skies with the canyon cliffs towering above. (You can go it alone by hiking or by bike. Walkie-talkies are used to call your ride home). You and a loved one are afforded some space and seclusion to nibble on salmon sandwiches and salads while toasting your love with a splash of sparkling wine.
    Taking the high road, horse trail at Wolgan Valley by Renate Ruge
    Wolgan Valley
    2600 Wolgan Road,
    Lithgow, Australia
    61 2 9290-9733
    61 2 6350-1800
    EMAIL: reservations@wolganvalley.com

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