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Painted Grain Silos, 2018, 2019

A two day break to the Wimmera/Mallee regions of western Victoria to see most of the Southern Silo Art Trail.

"The Yarriambiack Silo Art Trail is the largest outdoor gallery in Australia, stretching over 200 kilometres and linking six small country towns. Providing an insight into the true spirit of the Wimmera Mallee, the trail recognises the region's hard-working rural communities through a series of large scale mural portraits painted onto grain silos." - Touring guide leaflet

Most of this area of Victoria is wheat and sheep country and the huge grain silos are in small towns along the railway line where goods trains were loaded. It is rich farming country but always subject at times to either drought or flood.... The silos were places for the farming communities to come together during harvest, exchanging news and stories and connecting with others while the grain was unloaded. However, modern methods in agriculture have changed the practice and many communities have lost the silo sites. We noticed, sadly, many once grand but now deserted public buildings and houses; fine towns now just quiet backwaters. The Silo Art initiative was aimed at bringing visitors back to these places and to inject a new and modern impact through tourism.

We took another three day excursion in Autumn, 2019, to look at more silo art, this time in northern Victoria in distrcts around around Benalla. We chose to stay in a delightful cttage at the foot of the Warby Ranges in Wangaratta. Again, a pet friendly accommodation and beauifully appointed, it had views across wide paddocks with sheep, horses and distant views of Mount Buffalo. After a record breaking dry Summer, the land is dry and yellow but still very lovely. Rain is badly needed and feed is being trucked in to needy farms. The painted silos are awesome and are bringing visitors and welcome business to the area.






Painted Grain Silos, Rosebery,
Painted Grain Silos, Rosebery,
Painted Grain Silos, Rosebery - detail
Painted Grain Silos, Rosebery - detail
Painted Grain Silos, Sheep Hills
Painted Grain Silos, Sheep Hills
Painted Grain Silos,  Rupanyup
Painted Grain Silos, Rupanyup
Painted Grain Silos,  Rupanyup - detail
Painted Grain Silos, Rupanyup - detail
Painted Grain Silos,  Rupanyup - detail
Painted Grain Silos, Rupanyup - detail
Warracknabeal Civic Centre
Warracknabeal Civic Centre
Warracknabeal, statue in centre of town
Warracknabeal, statue in centre of town
Warracknabeal, birth place of Nick Cave
Warracknabeal, birth place of Nick Cave
Storm clouds, Wimmera
Storm clouds, Wimmera
Wimmera landscape
Wimmera landscape
Painted Grain Silo - Lascelles
Painted Grain Silo - Lascelles
Painted Grain Silos, Brim
Painted Grain Silos, Brim
Sheep mustering
Sheep mustering
Peacock at Warracknabeal River Park
Peacock at Warracknabeal River Park
Rocking Horse
Rocking Horse
Painted grain silos at Goorambat, near Benalla, Victoria
Painted grain silos at Goorambat, near Benalla, Victoria
Goorambat painted silo, detail
Goorambat painted silo, detail
Goorambat, painted silo, detail
Goorambat, painted silo, detail
Goorambat, pub wall
Goorambat, pub wall
Devenish, painted grain silos
Devenish, painted grain silos
Devenish, finishing touches
Devenish, finishing touches
Devenish, ANZAC silo mural, detail
Devenish, ANZAC silo mural, detail
Devenish, ANZAC silo mural detail
Devenish, ANZAC silo mural detail
Working on the army horse, Devenish
Working on the army horse, Devenish
Devenish, offerings for sightseers!
Devenish, offerings for sightseers!
Devenish,  offered at pub counter!
Devenish, offered at pub counter!
Our holiday cottage outside Wangaratta
Our holiday cottage outside Wangaratta
View from cottage verandah
View from cottage verandah
Catching the sun
Catching the sun
Taking in the view
Taking in the view
Off to explore
Off to explore
Sunrise and Mount Buffalo from our cottage
Sunrise and Mount Buffalo from our cottage
Morning sun at Warby Cottage
Morning sun at Warby Cottage
Painted grain silos, St James, Victoria
Painted grain silos, St James, Victoria
Benalla 2019 Wall to Wall Art festival, street mural
Benalla 2019 "Wall to Wall Art" festival, street mural
Benalla 2019 Wall to Wall Art festival, street mural
Benalla 2019 "Wall to Wall Art" festival, street mural
Benalla 2019 Wall to Wall Art festival, street mural
Benalla 2019 "Wall to Wall Art" festival, street mural
Benalla 2019 Wall to Wall Art festival, park mural
Benalla 2019 "Wall to Wall Art" festival, park mural
Along the King Valley on our way home, 2019
Along the King Valley on our way home, 2019
View across the paddocks, a touch of autumn, 2019
View across the paddocks, a touch of autumn, 2019
Pleasant camping spot along the King Valley
Pleasant camping spot along the King Valley
Pomegranates ripeneing at the Grace Vineyard, King Valley
Pomegranates ripeneing at the Grace Vineyard, King Valley
Late Autumn harvest at the Grace Vineyard, King Valley
Late Autumn harvest at the Grace Vineyard, King Valley
Moving the cows, modern style.
Moving the cows, modern style.
Green and gold
Green and gold