EXCLUSIVE: Australian hotelier Silkari will be the primary hotel and spa operator of a new 229-hectare (566-acre) tourism project planned for the Wollongong/Illawarra region, south of Sydney.
Silkari’s parent company, Visionary, will soon submit a State Significant Development (SSD) application to the NSW Government for the project, which will incorporate three hotel-resorts with villas, approximately 189 residential houses, an 18-hole Greg Norman-designed golf course, helipad, golf clubhouse and recreational facilities, conference centre, restaurants and more.
“The proposed development aims to create a unique destination for local people and overseas visitors where
they can enjoy a luxurious retreat with a beautiful forest backdrop created by the Illawarra Escarpment,” Visionary says.
Dubbed Silkari Avondale, the total value of the entire precinct is estimated to be $1.5 billion.
“A fuller vision for the site has been realised, which is why Visionary will submit a State Significant Development application in the coming months,” Visionary told LATTE.
The $200 million Silkari Golf and Spa Hotel will be the largest development at Avondale, offering up to 300 keys, including 75 Silkari Hotel Villas.
Silkari Golf and Spa Hotel will feature a conference centre, fitness centre, restaurants and bars. The overall master plan for the project includes a microbrewery, conservatory restaurant, outdoor cinema, kids’ club, yoga centre, mountain biking trails and potentially a cooking school and hospitality training provision.
Other elements of Visionary’s Avondale include a separately operated “Escarpment Resort”. Perched 300 metres up on the slopes of the property boundary, the 85-key resort will have vistas over the foothills and valleys below, facing outwards to the ocean. It will have its own restaurant, spa, chapel, tea room and helipad. The Escarpment Resort is not linked with the Escarpment Group, which operates five properties in New South Wales including The Hydro Majestic and Lilianfels Resort & Spa in the Blue Mountains.
An independent and private accommodation option, known as “The Lodge”, will provide a further 44 keys, as well as a restaurant and bar.
Silkari burst onto the Australian landscape three years ago, holding a gala for the opening of Silkari Suites at Chatswood, complete with celebrities and a cameo performance by songstress Delta Goodrem.
At that time, the hotel and residence operator initially flagged two other potential developments in Sydney: one in the CBD called Silkari on Castlereagh and a residential development in Pagewood, in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. The CBD location was subsequently signed to Accor as Porter House Hotel, MGallery by Sofitel (opening late 2020). Silkwood – S Pagewood by Silkari is a complex of townhouses and apartments and will receive its first residents in coming months.
Lead image: A rendering of the proposed Silkari Avondale