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The Painted Silo Trail, Victoria
The silo trail is an incredible drive through the Wimmera and Mallee Regions of Victoria. Passing through small farming communities that were not really on the main tourist trail, until now. Created as a way to generate tourism in the region, the silos are inspiring and a credit to the artists involved.
Covering over 200 kms, the trail can be done in a day from Horsham quite easily and there is a number of low-cost campsites and country towns to visit along the way. Most towns offer hotel accommodation, search here for ideas around Warracknabeal or here for options near Lascelles.
Stay somewhere unusual in Victoria…
The Mallee Bush Retreat is a fabulous accommodation option in Hopetoun, not too far from the Silo trail.
Offering unusual accommodation options including 2 Silos, 2 Cow Sheds, Stables, 2 Machinery Sheds and a Limestone Grain Store with 33 beds available. $15 Powered sites and free unpowered sites.
Getting There: Melbourne to Horsham
300 km | 3 hours 20 minutes
An ideal starting point for a drive along the silo trail is Horsham. A medium sized country town with plenty of accommodation options.
Along the way, an added option would be to visit the Grampians and maybe stay a few days in the area.
Start of the Silo Trail, Wimmera and Mallee Regions
From Horsham, it is a 40-minute drive ( 50.9 km) to the first painted silo in the township of Rupanyup where the Silo Trail begins. Each little town has a story to tell, don’t rush through. Stop and become immersed in the history of the Wimmera region.
The drive from Horsham to the Rupanyup silos and all the way to the Patchewollock silos is about 236 kms / 3 hours.
At the southern end of the trail, Rupanyup has two local teenagers featured on their silos as well as a number of murals on buildings in the town. Painted by Russian artist – Julie Volchkova and assisted by Melbourne street artist – Georgie Goodie, the silos were painted in 2017.
Rupanyup has other attractions to keep visitors there for a while:
- Woods’ Farming and Heritage Museum
- Jack’s Track – Starting near the silo art, it is a 3.4 circuit with historic signs along the way.
- Boydy’s Cafe on Cromie Street offers food as well as a large display of teapots from all around the world.
Camping in Minyip, between Rupanyup and Sheep Hills Silos
Minyip Caravan Park and Wetlands is a pretty spot to camp along the trail. Costing about $10 per night.
Sheep Hills Silos
World renown street artist, Adnate, is highly regarded for his work with Aboriginal communities. He painted the Sheep Hills silos in 2016, depicting members of the Barengi Gadjin community, including local Elders Uncle Ron Marks, Aunty Regina Hood and two younger members of the community. Read more here.
Guido van Helten’s silo artwork at Brim was the first in Victoria. Brim’s silo art inspired the Silo Art Trail.
Completed in early 2016, the mural depicts an “ anonymous, multi-generational quartet of female and male farmers”. Read more…
Camping near Brim Silos
Brim Creek and Redda’s Park offer great camping and caravanning with a beach area and kids playground as well as BBQ’s and amenities. The basic fee of $10 for powered or unpowered sites can be paid at the local hotel or Dixon’s garage.
Before starting the silo artwork in Rosebery, Melbourne artist, Kaff-eine assisted fellow artist Rone on his Lascelles silo project. Finished in late 2017, Kaff-eine’s artwork depicts themes that she says embody the region’s past, present and future. Read more about the Rosebery Silos here.
In order to capture the true essence of Lascelles, Melbourne-based artist, Rone knew that he had to learn about the town from those who were deeply connected to it. Here, he depicts local farming couple Geoff and Merrilyn Horman, part of a family that has lived and farmed in the area for four generations. Read more here.
On the way onto Lascelles, stop in at the gallery of tin art. A small admission charge is well worth the money to see so many imaginative pieces of art.
Camping in Lascelles
The camping and caravan park in Lascelles is close to the painted silos and opposite the lovely old Minapre hotel (bookings and payment at the hotel). They have a couple of grassed, powered sited at about $10 per night and a number of other sites on a gravelled area. Even the amenities block has been beautifully painted.
The Minapre Hotel is a grand old building with loads of local history and could be an option as an overnight stop. Meals are affordble and the pub has a great country feel.
The story behind the Patchewollock silos…
To prepare for his Patchewollock mural, Brisbane artist, Fintan Magee booked a room at the local pub to immerse himself in the community and get to know its people. When he met local sheep and grain farmer, Nick “Noodle” Hulland, Magee knew he had found his muse.
Read more here.
The Silo Art Trail website has more information for visitors.
The Wimmera-Mallee Tourism website is a good resource for more information.
Read more: Western Victoria Self Drive Touring Itinerary
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