• Village on the Golden Highway bordering Wollemi National Park
• Overshadowed by the dramatic sandstone hills of the Giant’s Leap
• 255 km north of Sydney, population 140
Sandy Hollow was originally a campsite for travellers at the junction of the Goulburn River Valley and Halls Creek. The surrounding area was settled by pioneering graziers in the 1820s. The town achieved a brief moment of fame when Captain Thunderbolt, the bushranger, held up the Denman-Merriwa mail service in the 1860s.
The tourist website blurb does not mention David Mahony’s sculpture garden or his other artistic endeavours all on display while you sip what one local patron described to us as “the best coffee around”, but I really recommend that you visit David, indulge in the devonshire tea, and spend some time appreciating the art, too.
As my sister is an “owl collector” I was also engaged by the obvious affinity to owl art - a theme throughout - the advertising, the paintings, the mosaics. Owl afficionados would find this place a sanctuary . There was something very appealing, irreverent and humorous about David's art . My favourite was the “hung “ parliament which was overseen by none other than a larger than life Dame Edna Everidge ( for those non-Australians – our last election created a hung parliament, but certainly not as friendly nor as wise as this owl parliament!)