This is where our REAL outback adventure started. We saw the first of the new Silo Art (we saw many more since then), and warm weather, blue skies and sunshine and that famous outback red dirt and dust!
St Arnaud – Mildura – 385 kms – via Rupanyup, Sheep Hills, Brim, Warracknabeal, Patchewollock, Red Cliffs.
Our Hotel in Saint Arnaud, was on a VERY business Highway, with trucks travelling ALL night, so very short on sleep. We all packed up and headed for Rupanyup for the start of the Silo Art trail, a 200km trail across Victoria’s Wheat Belt featuring giant murals painted on otherwise boring wheat silos, by artists Matt Adnate, Guido Van Helten and others. The art at Rupanyup is not finished yet, but we still decided it was worth seeing. Julia Volchkova is the artist.
This was the first of four silo’s we would see today. These silos are near remote towns with not much else to offer, in some places not even a coffee or toilet! Our next silo was at Sheep Hills with the largest of the artworks painted by Matt Adnate. The thought was that this would bring in tourists and money for these regions; but being so remote I am not sure how it will bring in any money. Most places we could not even get a cold drink nearby?
The silo is the largest — 30m high x 40m wide — and is at the heart of a six-silo art trail through the district. Adnate used 300 litres of house paint and 100 spray cans on the project, which had its challenges, including working at height in heat and wind, as well as a curved surface for a canvas.
We stopped at Warracknabeal for a great lunch at the Royal Pub and continued on. Brim was our Next stop; Silo painted by Guido Van Helten
And then lastly the Patchewollock silos painted by artist Fintan Magee, not my favourite, but still quite impressive. There will be several more added to the art trail by the end of the year I believe.
We Continued up the Woomera Highway; red dirt and blue skies and road that went on for miles and not much else to see.
We kept seeing signs for kangaroos and Mallee Fowl in the area, but never saw any. We finally drove into Red Cliffs and after much confusion and getting a little lost, we eventually found the Red Cliffs in the late afternoon sunshine, perfectly timed with the sun hitting the cliffs. After a brief photo opportunity we headed onto Mildura.
Again much confusion when we arrived at Mildura, as our booking had somehow been cancelled! It is the start of the school holidays and Mildura is a popular spot, but we eventually found alternative accommodation. We all met and had a lovely dinner at the RSL. We all decided on an early night for a Sunset Shoot in the morning.
This is where I leave Day 3, and will pick up on Day 4 in the next post.