corner of federal highway and macs reef road, bywong, nsw
Just Druid: the Wallaces are building their own Stonehenge

IT SOUNDS like a scene straight out of the 1984 cult classic film This is Spinal Tap - Bywong property owners Robbie and Tracey Wallace have begun constructing a scaled down replica of Stonehenge on their property just off the Federal Highway outside Canberra.
While it might not be the same size as one of England's most famous tourist drawcards, it's certainly attracting plenty of attention from those driving past, promising to become a landmark of its own.
While mystery and countless theories still surround the original Wiltshire formation and the construction techniques used to lift the huge boulders, it's not too hard to see how the modern version got to be there. Mr Wallace said the inspiration came from some perfectly formed rocks he was removing from a paddock in a property at Hall.
He thought they looked just like the famous ones in Wiltshire - right down to the atmospheric moss.
The couple looked up some maps of the outcrop on the internet and set about creating Bywong's not-so prehistoric version of the famous formation. While they might not have had Druids at their disposal, they did have one clear advantage over other would-be stonehenge builders. As owners of an earth moving business they have access to the equipment that makes the construction a little easier.

Source: The Canberra Times



If, for example, you happened to drive out of Canberra on the Federal Highway and turn right onto Macs Reef Road you'd see a replica Stonehenge poised on a crest to your left.

Unlike the real Stonehenge, it isn't 5000 years old.

This one was built by Robbie and Tracey Wallace on their farm. The pair started it in May this year and finished it a month later.
Why? Well may you ask.

Robbie is in the earthmoving business. He was cleaning up a property at Hall when he came across these unusual blue limestone rocks.
Struck by the shape of the stones, he was reminded of the real Stonehenge in Wiltshire in the United Kingdom.

Tracey said when she got a phone call from Robbie, she immediately loved the idea.

"As soon as he said it I thought 'what a great idea' and as soon as I came home and actually saw the rocks I just thought it's perfect because they are literally the same as ones in Stonehenge, " she said.

Even though the rocks in the Sutton Stonehenge are smaller than those in the original monument, Robbie said it was still a huge effort to get them into place and it took many trips back and forth with heavy machinery.

Tracey did most of the planning for 'The Henge' using drawings from the layout of the real Stonehenge.
However, she confessed that she used some "creative licence."

And on the subject of creativity, the pair love photographing The Henge at different times of day. Most of the images you see here are theirs.
The Henge has created such public interest that Tracey and Robbie plan to open it to the public.

Source: 666 ABC Canberra (click to hear interview)