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To establish an ultra-luxury resort operating to the highest level of environmental credibility and integrity and to be certified annually as carbon neutral.

Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley, Australia


The vision of Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley was to establish a completely carbon-neutral, conservation based ultra-luxury resort in Australia. The location selected for the development of this project was degraded cattle-grazing land in country NSW, Australia. This site was carefully regenerated and now serves to demonstrate how with planning, determination and commitment, a long-term sustainable resort operation can be fully integrated within the environment.

Located 2.5 hours’ drive (190kms) from Sydney in the World Heritage-listed Greater Blue Mountains region, Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley is set on 7,000 acres of carbon-neutral conservation and wildlife reserve and the resort successfully combines absolute luxury with a quintessentially Australian bush experience. Occupying just one per cent of the total land area, the resort features 40 elegantly appointed villas (each with private pool), a main homestead (with two restaurants and bars), health and fitness centre, spa, stables, a 25-metre outdoor infinity pool, tennis courts and various indoor and outdoor guest activities. The resort has a fully operational staff village with onsite accommodation for approximately 100 colleagues.

The focus was to establish a luxury resort operating to the highest level of environmental credibility and integrity and to be certified annually as carbon neutral. The resort’s philosophy centres on creating a delicate balance between tourism and preservation and protecting the natural environment is central to the core operating vision across all colleagues and management.

Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley achieved carbon neutral certification from internationally accredited Greenhouse Gas Certification Scheme shortly after opening in 2009 and has been re-certified as being carbon neutral for the past seven years.
Greenhouse gas emission inventory assessments are carried out annually by Landcare Research New Zealand (carboNZero) - one of the world’s leading organisations in the assessment of carbon footprints and forest sinks.

The resort is actively managed for biodiversity conservation outcomes under the principles of a carefully crafted rolling Five-Year Conservation Management Plan.  Resort conservation work includes revegetation of wildlife habitat and stream banks as well as an on-going program aimed at controlling feral predators and invasive noxious plant species. Guests are actively involved in the conservation work and the resort works closely with numerous government, community and educational organisations to achieve best practice conservation objectives through:

  • Organisational Sustainability Policy and Procedures
  • Water and Energy Management
  • Waste and Recycling Initiatives
  • Environmental Education Initiatives
  • Colleague Initiatives
  • Innovative Guest Conservation Experiences
  • Nature-Based Conservation Priorities
  • Wildlife Ecology and Feral Free Initiatives
  • Food Philosophy
  • Design Philosophy
  • Research Initiatives
  • Accreditation