Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley reopens after bushfires

General manager Tim Stanhope is "delighted" to welcome guests back this month.

Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley has welcomed guests back to the regional NSW resort, following its temporary closure in response to the recent bushfires.

In January, the resort, located north-west of Sydney, temporarily closed its doors as a precaution due to nearby bushfire activity.

General manager Tim Stanhope said the team is delighted to be back in the valley.

“We are keen to share with our guests this unique opportunity to witness and be part of the regeneration of the landscape and the abundant wildlife still here on the reserve,” he said.

The resort has confirmed large areas of the bushland surrounding the property remain untouched, while affected areas are beginning to regenerate after recent rainfall.

Thanks to the efforts of the NSW Rural Fire Service, the property itself was spared and is in “excellent condition”.

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Regeneration has begun

The team has also reported the native wildlife that call the 7000-acre Wolgan reserve home have already returned, and an abundance of kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, reptiles and birdlife have been spotted.

Stanhope said the Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley team are indebted to the NSW Rural Fire Service and thanked them for their support.

“As our friends at Tourism Australia have said, we encourage you to holiday here this year,” he added.

“There has never been a better and, quite frankly, a more important time to return to the valley. We welcome guests with open arms and grateful hearts.”

Conservation efforts

In the wake of the bushfires, habitat restoration work has been stepped up to support the regeneration of the Wolgan Valley landscape.

Guests at the resort are invited to participate in the restoration of affected bushland and waterways.

“This is a rare opportunity to observe firsthand the resilience and extraordinary transformation of nature and to contribute to our conservation efforts,” said Simone Brooks, activities and conservation manager.

“We are deeply appreciative of the contributions of our guests; with their help, we have built a seedbank of over one million seeds representing 25 local native species that is now playing a vital role in repopulating areas of damage.”

Tree-planting site in Wolgan River

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