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

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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.

Queensland

Thallon

👨‍🎨️ Joel Fergie and Travis Vinson

Yelarbon

👨‍🎨️ Jordache Castillejos, Jordon Bruce, and Steve Falco

Three Moon

👨‍🎨️ Joel Fergie and Travis Vinson

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.

Brim

👨‍🎨️ Guido van Helten

Colbinabbin

👨‍🎨️Tim Bowtell

Devenish

👨‍🎨️ Cam Scale

Goorambat

👨‍🎨️ Jimmy Dvate

Lascelles

👨‍🎨️ Rone

Nullawil

👨‍🎨️ Smug

Patchewollock

👨‍🎨️ Fintan Magee

Rochester

👨‍🎨️ Jimmy DVate

Rosebery

👨‍🎨️ Kaff-eine

Rupanyup

👨‍🎨️ Julia Volchkova

St Arnaud

👨‍🎨️ Kyle Torney

St James

👨‍🎨️ Tim Bowtell

Sea Lake

👨‍🎨️ Joel Fergie & Travis Vinson

Sheep Hills

👨‍🎨️ Adnate

Tungamah

👨‍🎨️ Sobrane

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Woomelang

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

New South Wales

Barraba

👨‍🎨️ Fintan Magee

Dunedoo

👨‍🎨️ Peter Mortimore

Grenfell

👨‍🎨️ Heesco Khosnaran

Merriwa

👨‍🎨️ David Lee Pereira

Portland

👨‍🎨️ Guido van Helten

Weethalle

👨‍🎨️ Heesco

South Australia

Coonalpyn

 👨‍🎨️ Guido van Helten

Cowell

👨‍🎨️ ! N I T S U A

Karoonda

👨‍🎨️ Heesco

Kimba

👨‍🎨️ Cam Scale

Tumby Bay

👨‍🎨️ Martin Ron

Waikerie

👨‍🎨️ Jimmy DVate and Garry Duncan

Wirrabara

👨‍🎨️ Smug

Quorn Light Show

👨‍🎨️ Illuminart

Western Australia

Albany

👨‍🎨️ Yok & Sheryo

Merredin

👨‍🎨️ Kyle Hughes-Odgers

Newdegate

👨‍🎨️ Brenton See

Northam

👨‍🎨️ Phlegm and Hense

Pingrup

👨‍🎨️ Evoca1

Ravensthorpe

👨‍🎨️ Amok Island

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)