Victoria's Silo Art Trail Weekend Don't Miss Out! 1

Victoria’s Silo Art Trail – Don’t Miss Out!

Need inspiration for a weekend getaway from Melbourne? The Victoria Silo Art Trail is packed with fantastic art work and history. Get up close and personal to these monumental silo paintings which are truly fascinating and also give an insight into rural life in Australia.

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Think you can tell apart a Monet from a Manet, a Van Gogh from a Gaugain? Well, you won’t have to on the Victoria Silo Art Trail because the massive grain silos have been painted by local Australian artists! Go and visit the countryside towns and inject some cash into the rural communities this weekend. 

                                      

Where are the Victoria Art silos located?

Situated about 2.5 hours drive from the city of Melbourne in the state of Victoria. The first town is called Goorambat. Even though it is called officially the North East Victoria Silo Art Trail, the first town with a silo is Goorambat.

                                                                                                                  

How to get to the Victoria Art silos

You really need a car to get around the small rural towns to see all the artworks. They’re not as close together as they look on a map. They’re definitely not within walking distance of each other either.

                                                                                                                  

Map of the Victoria Silo Art Trail

It is best to download this map from the Benalla Tourism office.

North East Victoria Silo ARt Trail map only1invillage courtesy of Bennalla Tourism
Download this handy map of the North East Victoria Silo Art Trail to your phone.

Incidentally, before you embark on the Victoria Silo Art Trail, you should stop off in the town of Benalla. At the local Art Gallery, which is free, there is also an excellent coffee shop. An attached gift shop, is also a chance to buy a unique Australian souvenir.

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Stop off at Benalla Art Gallery if you have time. It’s free and there’s a great coffee shop inside.

Outside the art gallery, along the river, there are also some interesting Gaudi-esque type installations which are worth a look. Plus, the town itself has lots of wall murals to discover.

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Pick up your Silo Art Trail map in the town of Benalla, which has its own murals. The famous bandit Ned Kelly is depicted by artist Dvate. There is a Ned Kelly museum in Benalla where you can learn about Australia’s most notorious bandit. 

What you’ll see on the North East Victoria Silo Art Trail

You’ve guessed it, tall silos with paintings on them!

                              

Goorambat Silos

As the map suggests you start in Goorambat. This is where you’ll see the horses silo, the owl and the Church painting, (“the Sophia”) if it is open.

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The Clydesdale horses, Clem, Sam and Banjo are now famous in Goorambat.
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The three horses were painted from an original photo. The Clydesdale breed of working horses were removed from the endangered list in 2017.
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You can get a sense of the immense work that went into the painting of the silos. These silos are in full working order.

When you turn to your left, you’ll see the endangered animal bird of prey silo. 

Milli the Barking owl endangered resident of Healesville Sanctuary photo by Only1invillage
The owl is called Millibar and is a Barking owl. An endangered resident of Healesville Sanctuary. The artist is Jimmy Dvate. Painted in 2018. On the left is the Barking Owl’s habitat.

If you’re feeling a bit peckish or thirsty, head over the road to the Railway hotel pub!

The Railway Hotel Pub in Goorambat Victoria photo by Only1invillage
The Railway Hotel was established in 1884. It serves the usual pub fare and makes a great spot to admire the surrounding landscape.

Time to jump back in the car and find the next painting. Dubbed “Sophia”, she is the female representation of God. The artist is Matt Adnate. Originally the painting completed in 2017, was only meant to be open for the Easter weekend. It proved so popular that it is now open every day for visiting tourists. 

Sophia the female representation of God Uniting Church Goorambat
Sophia can be found in the Uniting Church in Goorambat. It’s a tiny building you can easily miss. Look out for it on your left hand side as you leave for the next town. Unfortunately on the day of our visit, the church was closed. This photo is from neartrail.org.au.

                            

Devenish Silos

After seeing the lady herself, it’s time to go to Devenish, which is 13kms away. It isn’t signed very well and Google maps isn’t great. Check your odometer and if you haven’t arrived in 10 minutes, you’re lost. Alternatively, you can follow other cars because there’s only one place they’re going, to the next silos on the trail, like you!

The Devenish silos pay homage to the military and in particular to ANZAC day. ANZAC day is an Australian holiday that commemorates soldiers in the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. 

Devenish silos of two medics during military service Devenish silos photo by Only1invillage
Women played an important role in the 1st World War and still do in the military. The two medical staff also represent the way women’s role in general have changed. Artist Cam Scale.

The local town of Devenish saw fifty young men and women enlist for WWI. Seven never made it home and the artist, Cam Scale wanted to honour the memory of these fallen with the third silo painting of a young man and his horse. There are detailed information boards to read at every silo site, where you can get the full history of the paintings.

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The third silo painting depicts the Australian Light Horse and was added in 2019 by Melbourne Street Artist, Cam Scale. Local ANZAC Day marches pass by this monument to the fallen.

If you’re feeling hungry again, or, you didn’t stop at the pub in Goorambat, you can have some scones at the Devenish pub, directly opposite the silos! Word has it that they’re very tasty!

Devenish road home of the medic silos photo by Only1invillage
The tiny town of Devenish. Don’t worry you can stand in the road and take pictures.

In Devenish in front of the silos are information boards which give you a deeper insight into the history of the silos. Right, onto the next town called St James.

                          

St James Silos

The St James Silos tell a story about rural farming life and how one of Australia’s largest supermarkets started. You’ll see some familiar horses pulling bushels of wheat on a wagon, a truck, a portrait of George Coles and two men sewing up a wheat sack.

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The horses might look familiar from the Goorambat silos, but they are not same same. They are different! St James silos are a rural community’s history in huge, glorious colour.

Tim Bowtell is the artist. You might recognise his work from other pieces in the town of Benalla, including work in the Makoan Rest Area.

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The St James silos tell the story of a rural community and a famous resident.

                        

Tungamah Silos

Stop 5 is the small town of Tungamah. There are two colourful silos to see here.

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Just checking you’re still reading! These are the unpainted silos at Tungamah!

The Tungamah silos celebrate Australian birds. You will see dancing brolgas, a kookaburra, a pink and a grey galah, a Humming bird, an owl, a Sulphur-crested cockatoo, two small wrens and white Ibis. The tree is a native Australian gum tree. The silos still work and are privately owned. They have been fenced off.

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How many types of birds can you name? The Tungamah silos were painted by a female artist called Sobrane Simcock.

The artist is Sibrane Simcock. She is the first female silo artist.

According to the map, you can now drive on to the Winton wetlands area. You may just spot some of the birds you’ve seen at the Tungamah silos! We didn’t get there, but if you do, we’d love to hear all about it. Please share your comments and thoughts below.

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