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Blue Mountains Tourist : Spring 2010
Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa -- Australia's newest conservation-based luxury resort -- has won early worldwide recognition. Since its opening in October 2009, Wolgan Valley has been awarded the following accolades: Conde Nast US and Conde Nast UK 'Hot List' (Spa and Resort categories); National Trust Heritage Awards for its work in restoring the original 1832 farmhouse; Luxury Travel Magazine - Gold List Awards (Voted by readers Most desired new resort to visit in the world ); Australian Hotels Association (NSW) Accommodation Awards for Excellence for Best Environment Initiative; Regional Deluxe Accommodation of the Year and Outstanding Contribution to Tourism; Winner, with Emirates Hotels & Resorts, in the World Travel & Tourism Council's 'Tourism for Tomorrow' Awards; and Travel + Leisure's 'It List 2010'. The resort is nestled between two of Australia's most prominent national parks and borders the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area and is just a three hour scenic drive from Sydney. "The feedback from guests who have visited Wolgan Valley is that it is truly unique in Australia," said general manager Joost Heymeijer. "With our world- class facilities, we are already having repeat visitors and strong local and international interest from both the leisure and small groups markets." Occupying just 2% of a 4,000-acre conservation area, the resort combines the expectations of the high-end traveller with a commitment to conservation of threatened and endangered wildlife, as well as ecological and environmental sustainability. Activities at Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa are aimed at guests wishing to explore the surroundings, its unique wildlife, habitats, ecology, and both this continent's ancient and more recent history. Activities are offered at various skill and fitness levels as well as personal interests, and are suitable for older guests, families, and highly active, more adventurous visitors. They include guided walks; four-wheel drive safaris; horse-riding and mountain bike excursions; spotlight wildlife spotting and stargazing; history and Aboriginal interpretative tours; visits to the Wollemi Pine Grove; and guided photographic excursions. This secluded resort features 40 individual suites surrounded by wide, private verandahs, each with its own indoor / outdoor swimming pool, separate living and bedroom areas, separate walk-in robe, luxurious en-suite bathroom and double-sided fireplace. Its architecture is progressive but classic, reminiscent of traditional rural Australian homesteads. Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa 2600 Wolgan Road, Wolgan Valley, Lithgow NSW 2790 For more information call (02) 9290 9733 Email: email@example.com or visit www.wolganvalley.com Early recognition for our newest luxury resort www.bluemountainstouristnewspaper.com.au spring 2010 12 Welcome to Katoomba! The quirky home of traditional shopping, it's also the place where breathtaking natural scenery, history, the arts, and café culture merge, making it a fascinating place to explore at a leisurely pace---on foot. To get the most out of your visit to Katoomba, grab a "Katoomba's Heritage and Art Walk" map from one of the shops in Katoomba Street or download it from www.blue mountainstouristnewspaper.com.au. It will help you appreciate the historic buildings, murals, festivals, "slow food" restaurants and picnic spots. It will tell you where to find a Tofu Burger, handmade Chocolates, Cherry Strudel, handmade Sushi, excellent Coffee from fresh-roasted beans, Sourdough Bread, Cardamon Cake, and steamed Dim Sims. The brochure/map is an initiative of Katoomba Chamber of Commerce and Community. Katoomba supports energy descent: • Minimal use of plastics and disposables in our businesses • Use of local products wherever possible, reducing food miles and packaging, paper or cloth bags for our shoppers • Development of car free tourism experiences. firstname.lastname@example.org "When luxury, privacy and intimacy are everything." Leura Rose, Varenna & Strawberry Patch Totally private & secluded romantic mountain hideaways. www.mountainwhispers.com.au For further information contact: Lorraine Allanson on 0430 496 755 Highly Commended Award for Excellence 2009