Providing an insight into the true spirit of the Wimmera Mallee, the art trail showcases and celebrates the areas people with a series of large-scale mural portraits painted onto grain silos, many of which date back to the 1930’s.
The project has seen a team of renowned artists from Australia and across the world visit the region, meet the locals and transform each grain silo into an epic work of art; each one telling a unique story about the host town.
The Silo Art Trail was conceived in 2016 after the success of the first silo artwork in Brim. What started as a small community project by the Brim Active Community Group, GrainCorp, Juddy Roller and artist, Guido van Helten resulted in widespread international media attention and an influx of visitors to the region and the idea for a trail was born.
The Silo Art Trail was created as a partnership between Yarriambiack Shire Council, international street art agency Juddy Roller, Victorian Government, Australian Government and GrainCorp, who donated the silos as canvases for the artists’ work.
To travel the entire 200-kilometre Silo Art Trail from one end (Julia Volchkova’s Rupanyup) to the other (Fintan Magee’s Patchewollock), it should take a little over two hours.
We recommend staying the night at one of the towns and making a day (or two) of travelling the Silo Art Trail and visiting nearby towns and attractions. Just be sure to organise your stay in advance, as it may be hard to find accommodation late at night.
From silo to silo
Once you’re in the Wimmera Mallee, the approximate drive time from one silo to the next is as follows:
Rupanyup to Sheep Hills: 25 minutes
Sheep Hills to Brim: 25 minutes
Brim to Rosebery: 20 minutes
Rosebery to Lascelles: 25 minutes
Lascelles to Patchewollock: 35 minutes
For more detail on facilities in the area, please see the Yarriambiack Facilities Guide.
The Rupanyup Silo by Julia Volchkova is the closest to Melbourne. To get there, head west over the West Gate Bridge then take the Western Ring Road, towards Horsham. Rupanyup is approximately 300 kilometres from Melbourne and takes approximately 3.5 hours to reach by car.
The Rupanyup silo by Julia Volchkova is the closest to Horsham. To get there, head east along the Wimmera Highway, via Murtoa. Rupanyup is approximately 50 kilometres from Horsham and takes approximately 30 minutes to reach by car.
The Patchewollock silo by Fintan Magee is the closest to Mildura. To get there, travel south along the Calder Highway. Patchewollock is approximately 150 kilometres from Mildura and takes around 1.5 hours to reach by car.
The Rupanyup silo by Julia Volchkova is the closest to Ballarat. To get there, head north-west along the Western Highway (M8), then onto the B210. Rupanyup is approximately 180 kilometres from Ballarat and takes roughly 2 hours to reach by car.
The Rupanyup silo by Julia Volchkova is the closest to Bendigo. To get there, head west along the Wimmera Highway (B240). Rupanyup is approximately 170 kilometres from Bendigo and takes about 2 hours to reach by car.
The Silo Art Trail celebrates regional Australia in a modern and accessible artistic context. The silos have been strategically selected for maximum visual impact and to ensure visitors have the opportunity to engage with multiple communities and outback tourism destinations in the Wimmera and Mallee region.
Historically, silos are a place for the farming communities to come together during harvest, exchange news and stories and re-connect with old friends while the grain is unloaded. Of late, changes in the agricultural industry have led to many communities losing active silo sites. The Silo Art Trail has provided an opportunity to reinvigorate decommissioned sites and celebrate local communities and farming history. The Silo Art Trail will continue in 2017 with murals created in Lascelles and Rosebery.
Before commencing work in Rosebery, Melbourne artist, Kaff-eine spent time in the Mallee assisting fellow artist Rone on his Lascelles silo project. During this time, Kaff-eine travelled to neighbouring towns, discovering the natural environment and acquainting herself with local business owners, families, farmers and children – all with the view to developing a concept for these GrainCorp silos which date back to 1939.
Completed in late 2017, Kaff-eine’s artwork depicts themes that she says embody the region’s past, present and future.
The silo on the left captures the grit, tenacity and character of the region’s young female farmers, who regularly face drought, fires and other hardships living and working in the Mallee. In her work shirt, jeans and turned-down cowboy boots, the strong young female sheep farmer symbolises the future.
The silo on the right portrays a quiet moment between dear friends. The contemporary horseman appears in Akubra hat, Bogs boots and oilskin vest – common attire for Mallee farmers. Both man and horse are relaxed and facing downward, indicating their mutual trust, love and genuine connection.
As a side project of the Silo Art Trail, Melbourne street artist Georgia Goodie painted two murals in Rupanyup, each one depicting fire fighters. The first mural is at a house in Dyer Street that was damaged by fire in September 2016, while the other adorns the town’s old shire office building.
Old shire office building, 59 Cromie Street, Rupanyup
Damaged house, 85 Cromie Street, Rupanyup
Created by Melbourne artist, Kaff-eine and a willing group of local kids and adults, the 45-metre-long mural at Wagon Inn Cabins in Lascelles features a colourful selection of farmyard, native and imaginary animals. The colour-by-numbers creation was designed by Kaff-eine, with approximately 100 Wimmera Mallee locals helping to bring the piece to life.
Wagon Inn Cabins, 10 Wychunga Street, Lascelles
Step into the past and imagine the life of an olden-days wheat farmer at the fascinating agricultural museum.
The museum houses an impressive collection of vintage farm machinery, featuring tractors and other key pieces of equipment used by the area’s local grain farmers. You’ll find pieces on display and souvenirs for sale.
Henty Highway, just south of Warracknabeal
Open daily, 10am – 12pm and 1pm – 5pm
03 5398 1616
Built in 1886 by the Victorian railways, this former water storage tower now houses three floors of local historic items including cuttings, photographs and artefacts that chart the story of the region and its early German, Irish and English farming communities. There’s also a unique taxidermy collection of over 500 birds and other fauna.
Murtoa’s German Lutheran settlers were a vital part of the town’s early history. A Lutheran school opened in 1887, later becoming a notable training college for Lutheran teachers. Part of the original building can still be found adjacent to the water tower, housing important Lutheran historical artefacts.
North end of Hamilton Street, Murtoa
Open Sunday 2–5pm, or by appointment
03 5385 2287
Classified by the National Trust, Lake Corrong Homestead is believed to be the oldest original colonial house in the Mallee.
The homestead was built by the Mallee’s first white settler, Peter McGinnis in 1846 and has since been fully restored to its original pioneer state.
90 Evelyn Crescent, Hopetoun
Artists Phil and Marlene Rigg make some of Australia’s best corrugated iron sculptures and rural inspired paintings. Their quirky corrugated art can be spotted throughout the Wimmera Mallee or by visiting their rustic Lascalles gallery. The couple provide guided tours, happily sharing insights into what inspires their artwork and what makes the area so unique.
Sunraysia Highway, opposite the historic Minapre Hotel, Lascelles
Another Silo Art Trail side project saw artist Sirum (vs. Venom) complete an imposing snake mural on the side of the general store in Woomelang. The subject of Sirum’s artwork, Morelia spilota metcalfei (aka the inland carpet python), was chosen in a bid to raise awareness for this critically endangered species.
67 Brook Street, Woomelang
A local museum featuring a huge collection of farming and household memorabilia dating back to the 1920s.
You’ll find everything from old stationary engines, tractors and tools, to vintage farm and household memorabilia. Viewing is by appointment only.
109 Wimmera Highway, Rupanyup
Open by appointment
0427 159 154
Housed in a converted old timber church in Rosebery, Mallee Sunsets Gallery features a range of local crafts. Step inside to discover locally made gifts and wares including paintings, jewellery, cross-stitch, photographs and more. Most pieces are for sale, along with a range of homemade jams, relishes and other preserves.
Corner of Henty Highway & Windy Ridge Road, Rosebery
Open Wednesday–Sunday 9am–5pm
If you’re feeling adventurous and have a four-wheel-drive vehicle at your disposal, the sand dunes at the Snow Drift Picnic and Camping Area are well worth a visit. The dunes are the biggest in Wyperfeld National Park and in winter, it’s not unusual to see them capped with snow. Enjoy a picnic or camp for the night.
Snowdrift Sand Dunes, Big Desert. Access via walk-in or 4WD track.
Located in the flat, semi-arid north-western corner of Victoria, Wyperfeld is one of Australia’s most fascinating national parks.
The park is home to a string of lake beds connected by the northern extension of the Wimmera River, Outlet Creek, only filling at certain times
of the year.
After heavy rain, the semi-arid landscape is transformed, with tiny desert plants sprouting to cover the ground with clusters of bright native flowers.
Wyperfeld National Park, via Yaapeet
Open March to November
When it’s full of water, Lake Lascelles is a mecca for campers, walkers, swimmers, bird watchers, fishing, boating, nature and water sports enthusiasts. At the lake you’ll find gas barbeques, toilets, a playground, a boat ramp, and general picnic facilities on well-kept lawns. If you’re keen to stay awhile, you’ll find nearby accommodation in the form of cabins, a caravan park, a pub and a B&B as well as unique silo and shed accommodation.
End of Austin Street, Hopetoun
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