Traveling to Australia – Qantas A380
Park Hyatt Sydney
Sydney – Spice I Am, Watsons Bay, Manly Beach, Cafe Paci
Sydney – The Opera House Black Star Bakery, The Rocks, Sake
Emirates Wolgan Valley – Part One
Emirates Wolgan Valley – Part Two
Kangaroo Island – Southern Ocean Lodge, Part One
Kangaroo Island – Southern Ocean Lodge, Part Two
After three nights in Sydney at the Park Hyatt, we moved onto our next destination – the Australian Outback! Two books which I immensely enjoyed, The Thorn Birds and A Town Like Alice, were both set in more remote areas of Australia, and I was very excited to get to explore just a small sliver of the outback. So we rented a car in Sydney, and took a three hour drive into the Blue Mountains.
After a few hours, we started to see less shops and homes by the road, and more of pure nature. And then, we started to see signs like this – kangaroos and wombats crossing! We started to get very excited.
The scenery became more and more stunning (as our mobile phone reception got weaker and finally non-existent).
And finally, we pulled out to our destination and home for the next three nights – Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort. Can you see why the general area is referred to as the “Blue Mountains”? The blue haze over the entire area was truly stunning. We parked our car in Wolgan’s lot, and hopped into the resort’s SUV to take the trip to the resort.
For our trip to Australia, I was really looking for an “Aman” type of experience – nice digs yes, but in a way that reflected the natural environment and without a lot of bling. Even though I had heard great things about Wolgan Valley, based on my past flying experience with Emirates, I was a little nervous. Would I be experiencing the Australian Outback from a room filled with marble and gold, and a bathroom filled with Bvlgari amenities?
As we got closer to the actual resort, my fears were totally put to rest. Our driver pointed out our suites as he drove by – even from a distance I could see that all of the buildings were beautifully integrated with the natural surroundings. Can you see them below?
We pulled up to the main lodge, and saw that the decor on the inside of Wolgan Valley matched the outside – not ostentatious at all, and very appropriate for the locale.
We did a quick check-in, and while we were waiting, walked around and checked out some of the other areas in the main building, including the sauna and jacuzzi… Continue Reading