Celebrate the rich heritage of Victoria's Wimmera/Mallee region with a journey along the Silo Art Trail, the country's biggest outdoor gallery. Cruise from town to town and witness this innovative art project that sees renowned street artists from Australia and across the globe transform wheat silos into giant works of art.
The trail brings together internationally recognised street artists – Julia Volchkova, Guido van Helten, Fintan Magee, Matt Adnate, David Lee Pereira, Kaff-eine, Geoffrey Carran, Smug, Drapl, The Zookeeper, and Rone – and takes in ten of Victoria's smallest towns. You can find these momentous murals in Sheep Hills, Brim, Sea Lake, Patchewollock, Lascelles, Nullawil, Rosebery, Goroke, Kaniva and Rupanyup. A unique art project that is still evolving, the Silo Art Trail has already revitalised the towns and brought thousands of new visitors to the region.
The Silo Art Trail can be approached from the south, starting in Melbourne, Ballarat, or Horsham.
Head to Rupanyup to see Julia Volchkova's mural of local sporting team members, Ebony Baker and Jordan Weidemann. Don't miss Melbourne artist Georgia Goodie's two murals in town, each depicting local fire fighters.
Drive on to Sheep Hills, to see Adnate's dramatic addition to the Silo Art Trail. His portraits of Wergaia Elder Uncle Ron Marks, Wotjobaluk Elder Aunty Regina Hood, Savannah Marks and Curtly McDonald celebrate the Indigenous culture of northwest Victoria.
Head west, to see the two newest additions to the trail, in the small towns of Kaniva and Goroke. In Kavina, Melbourne-based artist David Lee Pereira has painted an immense mural of an Australian Hobby, with the slender falcon flying between two vibrant orchids. The Goroke silo too pays tribute to local birdlife, a specialty of artist Geoffrey Carran. His large-scale mural features a kookaburra, galah and magpie - fittingly, as the town's name is the local Aboriginal word for the fierce black and white bird.
Journey on to Brim to see Guido van Helten's silo artwork, the first in Victoria. It depicts four anonymous, local farmers, demonstrating the strength and resilience of the local community.
Melbourne street artist Kaff-eine has explored themes that embody the Mallee's past, present and future in her silo in Rosebery. The town is also home to the Mallee Sunsets Gallery, an old converted timber church showcasing a range of local crafts.
Travel up to Patchewollock to see Fintan Magee's towering portrait of local sheep and grain farmer, Nick 'Noodle' Hulland. Continue on to Lascelles, where Melbourne-based artist Rone has depicted local farming couple Geoff and Merrilyn Horman, on either side of the town's silo.
Drop into the nearby town of Sea Lake to see the newest addition to the trail, painted by Travis Vinson and Joel Fergie, also known as Drapl and The Zookeeper. This work features a young girl swinging from a eucalyptus tree, gazing out over the reflective surface of Lake Tyrrell, the biggest inland salt lake in Australia. Experience Lake Tyrrell for yourself, with a viewing platform situated around a ten minute drive from Sea Lake. In the nearby town of Woomelang, you'll find a snake mural by artist Sirium on the side of the town's general store.
Finish up the Silo Art Trail in the tiny town of Nullawil, to see the work of street artist Sam Bates, or 'Smug'. He's created a portrait of a farmer and his kelpie sheepdog, painted in his trademark photorealistic style.
The Silo Art Trail can also be approached from Mildura. Start in Patchewollock and work your way down through to Rupanyup.
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