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Make Sure You See One Of These Grain Silos On Your Next Country Road Trip

Marco Ruiz Marco Ruiz - Sponsored SMN Writer (APAC) - Staff Writer (Aus)

Make Sure You See One Of These Grain Silos On Your Next Country Road Trip

If you want to see these street art murals, then it’s time to leave the city behind.

 

Thanks to a number of creative projects and government grants, country towns around Australia are being transformed into sites of world-class street and mural art. Painted on massive grain silos, water tanks and increasingly covering entire towns, they are changing the landscape of the Australian bush for the better.

The grain silos are particularly incredible. Many of them are close to 100 years old and stand tens of metres tall. For so long they have remained blank and bland, serving no other purpose than the one they were built for. However, in the past few years, they have taken on particular importance.

Not only are these new outdoor art galleries driving up tourist numbers for all but forgotten places and keeping businesses afloat, many also depict and represent the local people, illustrating a real sense of place, and telling the stories of the bush to those who have only come for a visit.

So, the next time you jump in the car for a drive into the country—whether it’s for a cross-country road trip, a one-day adventure or a nighttime city escape to see the stars—check out one or more of these tremendous murals.

With more than 30 grain silos painted, there’s a good chance you might be passing one by. Even if you’re not, a detour ain’t so bad when you’ve got these to look forward to.

Afterward, you could take a break at the bakery in town for a pie and coffee or stop off at the local watering hole to meet the townspeople and hear the stories straight from the horse’s mouth.

New South Wales

1. Barraba

👨‍🎨️ Fintan Magee

2. Dunedoo

👨‍🎨️ Peter Mortimore

3. Grenfell

👨‍🎨️ Heesco Khosnaran

4. Merriwa

👨‍🎨️ David Lee Pereira

5. Portland

👨‍🎨️ Guido van Helten

6. Weethalle

👨‍🎨️ Heesco

Queensland

7. Thallon

👨‍🎨️ Joel Fergie and Travis Vinson

8. Yelarbon

👨‍🎨️ Jordache Castillejos, Jordon Bruce, and Steve Falco

9. Three Moon

👨‍🎨️ Joel Fergie and Travis Vinson

South Australia

10. Coonalpyn

 👨‍🎨️ Guido van Helten

11. Cowell

👨‍🎨️ ! N I T S U A

12. Karoonda

👨‍🎨️ Heesco

13. Kimba

👨‍🎨️ Cam Scale

14. Tumby Bay

👨‍🎨️ Martin Ron

15. Waikerie

👨‍🎨️ Jimmy DVate and Garry Duncan

16. Wirrabara

👨‍🎨️ Smug

17. Quorn Light Show

👨‍🎨️ Illuminart

Western Australia

18. Albany

👨‍🎨️ Yok & Sheryo

19. Merredin

👨‍🎨️ Kyle Hughes-Odgers

20. Newdegate

👨‍🎨️ Brenton See

21. Northam

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👨‍🎨️ Phlegm and Hense

22. Pingrup

👨‍🎨️ Evoca1

23. Ravensthorpe

👨‍🎨️ Amok Island

Victoria

*The Victorian Silo Art Trail from Patchewollock in the state’s north-west to Rupanyup in the south, runs approximately 200 kilometres and connects eight silos in one two-hour road trip.

24. Brim

👨‍🎨️ Guido van Helten

25. Colbinabbin

👨‍🎨️Tim Bowtell

26. Devenish

👨‍🎨️ Cam Scale

27. Goorambat

👨‍🎨️ Jimmy Dvate

28. Lascelles

👨‍🎨️ Rone

29. Nullawil

👨‍🎨️ Smug

30. Patchewollock

👨‍🎨️ Fintan Magee

31. Rochester

👨‍🎨️ Jimmy DVate

32. Rosebery

👨‍🎨️ Kaff-eine

33. Rupanyup

👨‍🎨️ Julia Volchkova

34. St Arnaud

👨‍🎨️ Kyle Torney

35. St James

👨‍🎨️ Tim Bowtell

36. Sea Lake

👨‍🎨️ Joel Fergie & Travis Vinson

37. Sheep Hills

👨‍🎨️ Adnate

38. Tungamah

👨‍🎨️ Sobrane

39. Woomelang

👨‍🎨️ Jimmy Dvate, Kaff-eine, Andrew J Bourke, Mike Makatron, Chuck Mayfield, Bryan Itch

 

Huge credit must go to Annette and Eric Green who continue to document painted silos, water tanks and street art towns on their website Australian Silo Art Trail as part of their road-tripping adventures around the country.

(Featured image: @loveinwildplaces)

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