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If you live in a van in Australia, you will get the chance to do a variety of different road trips and really experience the local Australian flair. One of these drives that we happened to discover was the Silo Art Trail, which runs through Victoria.
The Silo Art Trail runs through six small communities. The silos will be fairly easy to find. What is silo art? Well, the farming silos have been painted with some incredibly impressive murals! It is well worth checking out if you ever have a day to kill. Or, if like us, you have to drive to New South Wales from the Grampians for a vehicle rego.
The Silo Art Trail begins about 50 minutes from Horsham or about 300 kilometres from Melbourne. The Silo Art Trail could definitely be done in a day trip from Melbourne or from The Grampians.
We opted to renew our vehicle rego in Wentworth, New South Wales. There was no real reason behind this other than we were in the Grampians already and Wentworth has both a service centre and a mechanic.
So, if you need a break from bushwalking in the Grampians or if you are looking for a little day trip from Melbourne, here are the Silo Art Stops.
Silo Art Stops:
- Brim- Brim was the first silo to be painted. It depicts multiple generations of farm workers across four silos.
- Patechewollock- The painter found his muse for in the local pub. He believed that the individual depicted embodies the hard-working spirit of the region.
- Sheep Hills- Sheep Hills aims to exemplify the areas Aboriginal populations.
- Rupanyup- captures the youth in the region.
- Lascelles- a local couple graces the side of the Lascelles silo.
- Rosebery- depicts a young female farmer paired with an older farmer and his horse.
All of these are small communities so you should have no trouble finding the silos. The artwork represents the local life. Two of my favourites were Brim and Rosebery. The coolest thing about the artwork is that it really does catch the vibe of a small farming community.
All of the silos have spots to pull over and appreciate the views. Many of those depicted on the silos are locals to the region. All of the silos capture the grit and local spirit. It is really quite impressive to see.
Where to Stay:
We found a lovely free campsite just passed the silos at Lake Lascelles, just outside of Hopetoun. If you decide to spend a night before driving back, I would definitely recommend staying here. There are toilets and bbqs.
Have you ever stumbled upon any neat Australian road trips? Where were they?
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