Get to know the Wimmera Mallee through the Silo Art Trail
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The Silo Art Trail in Victoria is Australia’s largest outdoor gallery. The trail stretches over 200 kilometres, linking the Wimmera Mallee town of Brim with neighbouring towns Lascelles, Patchewollock, Rosebery, Rupanyup and Sheep Hills.
Providing an insight into the true spirit of the Mallee, the trail recognises and celebrates the region’s people through a series of large-scale mural portraits painted onto grain silos, many of which date back to the 1930s.
Here’s the best way to plan your silo art trail journey:
Start at Rupanyup. It’s the southern-most mural where you can see silo art. Photo by Julia Volchkova.
Head to Sheep Hills where you can see the silo from Adnate. Pictured at top.
Then go to the small village of Brim to see art from Guido Van Helten. Pictured below.
Rosebery is next and has silo art from Melbourne street artist Kaffeine. Pictured above.
Furthest north is Patchewollock where Fintan Magee has painted the silo art mural. Pictured below.
Head back south for the town of Lascelles which has silo art from Rone. Pictured above.
Sea Lake is next on the list and is the biggest town on the trail. It has silo art from Drapl and the Zookeeper. It’s a good place to stay, as its central on the trail.
The final stop on the silo art trail is Nullawil with art from SMUG. Pictured above.
To give you some idea of distance: The Patchewollock silo by Finton Magee is the closest to Mildura and the drive will take you around 1.5 hours. The Rupanyup Silo by Julia Volchkova is the closest to Melbourne – the drive will take approximately 3.5 hours from Melbourne; two hours from Ballarat and Bendigo; and 30 minutes from Horsham.
When you’re in Rupanyup you’ll have the chance to see two further murals painted by Melbourne street artist Georgia Goodie. Each depict fire fighters and you’ll find them on a house in Dyer St and on the old shire office building.
There’s also the Wood’s Farming and Heritage Museum in Rupanyup. It has a huge collection of farming and household memorabilia dating back to 1920s.
It’s open for viewing by appointment only, so give them a call on 0427 159 154.
The Silo Art Trail was created as a partnership between Yarriambiack Shire Council, international street art agency Juddy Roller, the Victorian Government, Australian Government and GrainCorp, who donated the silos as canvases for the artists’ work.
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