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Western Victoria’s Silo Art Trail

The Silo Art Trail is Australia’s largest outdoor gallery. This trail in Western Victoria stretches over 200 kilometres, linking Brim with neighbouring towns of Lascelles, Patchewollock, Rosebery, Rupanyup and Sheep Hills.

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.

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 resulted in widespread international attention and an influx of visitors to the region. And the idea for the trail was born.

The Silo Art Trail can be approached from the south. Starting from the Ballarat site of AwayWeGo Motorhomes, head to Rupanyup to see the mural of local sporting persons. Don’t miss the two murals in town, each depicting local fire fighters.

Drive on to Sheep Hills to see the portraits of Wergaia Elder Uncle Ron Marks, Wotjobaluk Elder Aunty Regina Hood, Savannah Marks and Curtly McDonald, celebrating the indigenous culture of northwest Victoria.

Then head west to the small towns of Kaniva and Goroke. In Kaniva, an immense mural of an Australian Hobby has the slender falcon flying between two vibrant orchids. The Goroke silo too pays tribute to local birdlife. The large-scale mural features a kookaburra, a galah and a 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 the first silo artwork in Victoria. It depicts four anonymous, local farmers, demonstrating the strength and resilience of the local community.

From there, head up to Rosebery, where the silo art explores the Mallee’s past, present and future. The town is also home to the Mallee Sunsets Gallery, an old timber church showcasing a range of local crafts.

Discover childhood memories in Albacutya’s silo art, and what it was like to grow up in the country, exploring the bush as a youth and searching for yabbies.

Travel up to Patchewollock to see the portrait of local sheep and grain farmer, Nick ‘Noodle’ Hulland. Continue onto Lascelles, where local farming couple Geoff and Merrilyn Horman are depicted on either side of the town’s silo.

Drop into the nearby town of Sea Lake to see the 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.

The last stop in this tour is to the tiny town of Nullawil, where you can see the photorealistic portrait of a farmer and his kelpie sheepdog.

Finally return to Ballarat to drop off your motorhome.