Cardwell’s Coach Travel welcomes you aboard for an informative and interesting Silo Art Trail tour. Today we travel west, passing through Rochester to admire the first silo art, then on to Boort where we stop for morning tea and a delightful visit to The Spanner Man. John Piccoli welds giant sculptures out of spanners — earning him the nickname the Spanner Man. His garden is littered with dozens of larger-than-life sculptures of mermaids, marlin, and even a full-size horse and wagon. He has created more than a 100 sculptures — using more than a 100,000 spanners so far. We depart Boort and travel via Charlton and Donald – the Heart of Victoria for lunch. Following lunch we travel via Boolite to the Sheep Hill’s Silo Art. The faces of two Wimmera children will be forever painted in history as part of the Silo Art Trail. Horsham’s Curtly McDonald, 9, and Savannah Marks, 2, feature on the now completed silos at Sheep Hills. International artist Adnate painted the Indigenous-themed mural, which represents the passing of knowledge from generation to generation. Truly a sight to behold. We then travel on via Minyip to Rupanyup’s Silo Art. The east Wimmera township of Rupanyup has taken a profound step into the international world of art with its silo art display for Yarriambiack Shire’s Silo Art Trail. We enjoy afternoon tea here before going to Murtoa to visit the Stick Silo Shed. We then head to Horsham with time to relax and unwind at our overnight accommodation at the Best Westlander Motor Inn.
Following breakfast we depart Horsham. It’s a great start to the morning as we travel via Warracknabeal to Brim Silo Art. Guido Van Helten captured the imagination of Australia in December 2015 when he undertook a gigantic painting on the Brim Silos. The Brim Silo Art generated inspiration for the Silo Art Trail and Guido's mural will remain an iconic tribute to the farming communities of the Wimmera and Mallee region. We then visit the Silo Art at Roseberry, artist Katie Kaff-eine started this project in August 2017 and is the most recent addition to the Silo Art Trail. We then travel on to Hopetoun to view Lake Lascelles and the Mallee Bush Retreat. It’s here we enjoy a morning cuppa. Following morning tea we travel to Patchewollock to view the Patchewollock Silo Art. The silo in Patchewollock, painted by street artist Fintan Magee, depicted local, Nick “Noodle” Hulland. Hulland, a local sheep and grain farmer has lived in Patchewollock his entire life. After meeting the local, Magee chose to depict him due his connection to the agricultural aspects of the region, his heritage and standing in the community. Lascelles Silo Art is our next stop on tour. The more than 30 metre high, photorealistic art at Lascelles is a little different from the other art projects on the stunning silo art trail of the Wimmera-Mallee (Brim, Patchewollock, Sheep Hills, Rupanyup and Rosebery) as it features art on two sides of the silo.We journey on to view Lake Tyrrell which was formed as a result of the innundation of the Murray-Darling Basin through sea level rise and its subsequent retreat; the present landscape and soils were formed as a result of this process. The lake itself is quite ancient and may have been formed by drifting sand blocking the passage of Tyrrell Creek. Over time it became a giant salt basin due to the flow of subterranean saline water and the run-off from Tyrrell Creek. We enjoy a lunch break and then start our return journey to Boort for afternoon tea. Then it’s on to home, taking with us new knowledge and interesting memories.