Riding high: Horse adventures in the Wolgan Valley

Hugged by protected bushland, Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley is a haven for wildlife adventures. One of the best ways to explore the property is on horseback.

Replete with winding trails through rivers, scenic hills, grasslands and native eucalypt woods, Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley is renowned of Australia’s most stunning retreats.

Beyond luxurious rooms and five-star leisure facilities, guests can opt in to take a 1.5-hour guided tour led by the property’s experienced Field Guide, Rachel Case. Explore the grounds on a scenic ride pass peaceful gatherings of kangaroos and wallaroos with horses selected for their calm temperaments and matched to your ability.

Rachel Case with horses at One&Only Wolgan Valley

Meet Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley’s Rachel Case

When you’re passionate about horses, becoming a Field Guide at Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley is the best job in the world, says Rachel Case.

“For as long as I can remember, I was a horse-crazy little girl that lived and breathed horses. I’m living out my childhood dream – I still pinch myself every day. I feel extremely lucky,” she says.

Rachel’s love and passion for horses and Australian native wildlife is what makes her role so rewarding. Part of her day job is to introduce guests to Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley’s most beautiful trails and its history.

Before joining Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley, Rachel worked as a rural contractor for Australia Post. After 10 years in hospitality, finance and real estate, Rachel realised working behind a desk wasn’t for her.

In her personal time she would spend hours outside feeding and caring for injured wildlife, living and growing up in the Wolgan Valley. So when the opportunity arose to join the One&Only team, she jumped at it! Now she really was living the dream.  

“Once I drove through the front gates, I knew I HAD to work here, I was blown away by absolutely everything: the views, the wildlife, fauna and then I reached the stables and I was in heaven,” she says.

Horse riding at One&Only Wolgan Valley

A passionate guide

As an Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley Horse Guide, Rachel’s day-to-day role involves running the outdoor tours and activities, mucking out stables, replenishing water troughs, harrowing horse paddocks and maintaining trails. She also takes care of feeding, grooming and servicing guest experiences with the horses.   

With Rachel’s guidance, you can ride through river crossings, across steep terrain and open pastures alongside the surrounding wildlife and kangaroos. Combining her skills as a field guide with the calm and friendly horses she has trained, you’ll have no problem trotting away with new skills. You’ll learn the basic controls every rider needs, including mounting, dismounting, balance, steering, and stopping.

Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley horse riding lessons

If looking to learn more, one-on-one horse riding lessons are available. These 45-minute sessions delve a little deeper in how to handle horses with added lessons in grooming, saddling, ground handling and horse care.

You’ll be transformed into a rider with confidence by friendly horses and expert Field Guides. If riding high, book a personalised horse riding itinerary that includes half-day treks complete with a gourmet picnic lunch.

Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley

Stay longer and save

Linger a little longer at Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley and discover the authentic Australian bush with your loved ones. Save 30 per cent when staying three nights or more and enjoy:

  • Gourmet breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
  • A selection of regional wines and beers with meals included
  • Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages and in-villa snack bar 
  • Two on-site activities daily per person from complimentary inclusions 

Prices starting from $6,510 for a one-bedroom Heritage villa.

To book, visit www.oneandonlyresorts.com , call +61 2 9199 1811 or email reservations@oneandonlywolganvalley.com

Validity and travel dates  

  • Valid for sale until 31 March 2023 and valid for travel until 31 March 2023 
  • Applicable to one-bedroom Heritage villas and two-bedroom Wollemi villas only 
  • Minimum three-night stay applies 
  • Additional rates may apply for extra guests occupying the villa 
  • Festive, Easter, public holidays and other ad-hoc black-out dates apply 
  • Offer is not combinable with any other promotion or discount and cannot be applied retrospectively 

This article was produced in partnership with Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley

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