We have a large swimming pool with a children’s wading pool and a sheltered area to lounge under. This is open from the October Long Weekend through until after the Anzac Holiday in April.
Playground & Recreation Facilities
We have lots of grassy recreation areas for kicking a ball around, having a game of cricket or riding your bike around (please wear your helmets) and a play area with sand filled soft-fall area containing play equipment and a fully enclosed trampoline.
We have a wide range of DVDs including those for children. We also have a range of board games for loan.
Goulburn River and Wollemi National Parks
These nearby parks have picnic facilities, toilets and informative walks with some breathtaking views. They are renowned for their wilderness and vast array of fauna.
Wollemi National Park has the prestige of being within the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Park. There is direct access to the park 10 mins drive from Sandy Hollow at Phipps Cutting, where there are sign posted walks into the park or up to a viewpoint on the perimeter. There is also another walk in the park at the Baerami Oil Shale Relics where there is a 8.4km walking trail joining up the Baerami Valley to the Widden Valley.
Goulburn River National Park has a well-marked 800m loop walking track at Lee’s Pinch, with 3 lookouts providing spectacular, extensive views over the park. Direct public access to the park is about a 30 minute drive away, along the Bylong Valley Way, although the Park is visible from Sandy Hollow across private property.
Bicentennial National Trail
This is a non-vehicular 5330km marked trail along the Great Dividing Range stretching from Cooktown in northern Queensland, to Healesville in Victoria. And it passes right by Sandy Hollow! Great for walkers, cyclists and horse riders.
There are walks out of the Park’s back gate, which can take you all the way to the top of Giant’s Leap. You will be rewarded with exhilarating views across farmland and vineyards in one direction and a green wilderness on the other. These hills go back for some 150km2 encompassing the Monabalai Nature Reserve. These walks are not sign posted but have been well used over the years by tourists and locals alike and are well trodden.
However, if Giant’s Leap seems a little too energetic, you can take a less exerting uphill walk, which within 10-15 mins will still reward you with commanding views.
Sandy Hollow is central to the wonderful wineries on the Upper Hunter Wine Trail many of which have intimate cellar doors. James Estate, Yarraman Estate, Two Rivers and Cruickshank Callatoota are among these.
We are in Horse Stud Country. These include Widden, Patinack, Woodlands and Darley Studs. Tours are available through a tour operator.
Annual Events and Festivals
The following events are nearby to us, but there are also many more rodeos, races and other events and festivals in the Upper Hunter.
• The Upper Hunter Wine and Food Affair held annually in May at Denman. This is a one day event which showcases local wine and gourmet foods.
• The Sandy Hollow Horse Ride and Ute Muster held annually in April, is followed on with live musical entertainment, market stalls, food and drink and kids entertainment.
• Muswellbrook Spring Carnival hosts various events annually from August until Summertime. There is a street parade, art competitions, campdrafts, rodeos, market stalls and Horse Race meetings.
• Merriwa Festival Of The Fleeces is held annually on the June Long Weekend. Sheep wearing red socks can be seen running down the high street in this country extravaganza! Throughout the weekend there are sheep dog trials, shearing and horse shoeing demonstrations, market stalls and children’s rides.
There is a fantastic 150km circular drive tour that starts at Sandy Hollow. It takes you past horse studs, through spectacular scenery and gives you the opportunity to do some wine tasting, explore the National Parks and tour a country town. We can provide you with this and other nearby drive tours at reception.
Sandy Hollow and district is a favoured location for cyclists with our beautiful scenery and quiet country roads. Once here, we can point you to trails that have been put together by the Newcastle Cycleways Movement.