After having a dip in the main infinity pool next to the homestead and a quick shower back at my room it was time to round up the troops and head off for a tour of the property. Everyone was on time and we piled into the Wolgan 4WD vehicle and were taken to different sections of the land and told about the amazing environment and about the Wollemi pines. They are trees from prehistoric times that have been rediscovered in a secret location not far from Wolgan Valley. Only about 800 full grown trees remain in the world and a large portion of this are found here. Wolgan Valley resort and spa have planted a few to keep the species going. On one of the trees a hatchling of tiny stick insects were also incredibly fascinating to look at! We saw kangaroos and wallabies and a beautiful sunset. Back at the homestead we arrived to pre drinks for our 5 course dinner. General Manager Joost Heymeijer answered some pressing questions from the guests as to why they should tell their clients to go here. All of which was an amazing experience as you hear firsthand the marketing of the property the specific requests from the tourism industry. Then we moved to the dinner. I could almost drool just at the thought of it. We sat down on a beautiful table right next to the fire and were presented with menus. This was mine:
Yellowfin Tuna sashimi, Olive crumbs, crips shallot, roast tomato vinaigrette.
Roasted Quail, pear relish, chilli honeycomb, bittersweet sauce
Pan fried Hapuka, sautéed mushrooms, sweet corn, English Spinach
Chocolate and Hazelnut Parfait, Hazelnut Ice Cream
After dinner I headed back to my amazing suite, where they had dimmed the lights, started the fire, put my slippers out and placed a little tray of bedtime sweets on the bed side table. I had a dip in my private pool and then finally curled up in the impressively fluffy bed. Job well done I say.