Pretty Sally

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Pretty Sally or Pretty Sally Hill is a dormant volcanic cone located between Wallan and Kilmore in Victoria, Australia. It is 529 metres above sea level.[1] It arises from the surrounding open undulating plains of a broad gap in the Great Dividing Range.[2]

The original road to Sydney ran near the peak known as the Big Hill. Sally Smith (better known as "Pretty Sally") operated an unlicensed hotel there in the 1840s.[3] She died falling under her cart after striking a stump.[4]

The hill is skirted by a section of the Northern Highway, which was formerly part of the Hume Highway. By the 1930s Pretty Sally had gained a reputation as a notorious road accident black spot due a sharp turn near the crest of the hill.[5] In 1979 the now closed Pretty Sally Roadhouse was used as the setting of Fat Nancy's in the film Mad Max.[6]

A fire tower is manned during the bushfire season, generally from December to March.[7] There is also a trig station on the hill.[8]


  1. ^ "Map of Pretty Sally, VIC" (PDF). Bonzle Digital Atlas. Retrieved 22 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "Pretty Sally Land System" (PDF). Retrieved 22 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "From Our Seymour Correspondent". Retrieved 20 Jan 2013. 
  4. ^ "From Our Seymour Correspondent". Retrieved 20 Jan 2013. 
  5. ^ "Hume Highway Danger". The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848-1954). Melbourne, Vic.: National Library of Australia. 23 May 1939. p. 9. Retrieved 22 June 2011. 
  6. ^ "Pretty Sally Roadhouse". Mad Max Filming Locations. Retrieved 22 June 2011. 
  7. ^ "On the lookout". Melbourne, Vic.: Newspaper House. 14 October 2009. Retrieved 22 June 2011. 
  8. ^ "Place Names Search: PRETTY SALLY". Geoscience Australia. Retrieved 22 June 2011. 

Coordinates: 37°22′51″S 144°57′58″E / 37.38083°S 144.96611°E / -37.38083; 144.96611