The Great Ocean Road (GOR) is on most itineraries when visiting Melbourne and it certainly should be on yours, but plan thoughtfully as it gets very busy. I have always been to the great Ocean Road in winter for some strange reason, so imagine my shock when I took a dear childhood friend and her daughter during the Easter holiday period. The crowds at the 12 Apostles were so bad that it took away from the enjoyment of the trip. This got me thinking how can you make the most of the GOR and avoid the crowds. So what can you do when you plan your next visit?
The Victorian Silo Art Trail (Australia), add it to your bucket list if you can! The landscape of a number of Victorian rural towns is being transformed through art. A series of country towns are receiving a much appreciated tourism boost through this amazing project. Victoria is more than Melbourne and the Great Ocean Road, take the time to explore further afield.
In the Wimera valley (North western Victoria), a series of country towns are currently transforming their old disused silos into giant artworks.
There are six towns earmarked for their silos to be transformed, with four of the following towns completed and already attracting attention. The entire project is expected to be completed by the end of 2017.
The art work on the Brim silos is by the artist Guido Van Helten. An impressive four silos have been painted reflecting the Australian farming community.
In Patchewollock (don't you love the name), the artist in this case is Fintan Magee and friend of Van Helten. His work covers two silos and is in a different style to Van Helten's.
In the town of Sheep Hills, fours silos have been transformed through the work of Mark Adnate. Adnate has also contributed to Melbourne's Street Art Scene. Adore his his work! If you are in Melbourne check out works in Fitzroy and Hosier Lane. Adnate continually pays tribute to Australia's indigenous culture. The silos in Sheep Hills features a tribute to the indigenous people of the wimera region.
The Rupanyup silos project is headed by Julia Volchkova and has just recently been been completed. The theme of this artwork is sport - featuring a young netball and Australian rules football player. These silos are the first on the trail if you are coming from Melbourne.
Note: There are more silos to be added in Lascelles and Rosebery.
So where are these Silos located I hear you ask? Here is the current map of the four towns which are already attracting visitors.
Rupanyup is about 3.5 hour from Melbourne.
All this exploring requires a good spot to eat - why not try the Creekside Hotel Warracknabeal for a meal. It is located between Sheep Hills & Brim, it gets great reviews on TripAdvisor.com
Please check out the great Silo Trail Facebook page, with lots of images and up to date information.
(A great thank you to Leanne Cole Photography and Esbjorn for allowing me to use their images they are stunning)
Have you visited the area - can you recommend a family friendly place to stay?
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