Silo Art Trail Road-trip
Starting in Sheep Hills and winding all the way up to Patchewollock is a street art project that is a world first! The big old grain silos that are dotted all over this farming area are being transformed into incredible works of art. It started twelve months ago with Guido van Helton painting four locals onto a silo at Brim. The response was incredible with people travelling far and wide to see the one of a kind artwork. Since then five more silos have been added to the project, with three completed and three more planned for the coming months. Adnate has painted the colourful Sheep Hills silo at the start of the trail and Fintan Magee has added one of his signature huge characters to Patchewollock at the trail's end.
This is a fun and easy road trip with well signposted roads, plenty of parking at all of the silos and lots of quirky country fun to see along the way (cool mailboxes, hay bail sculptures, scarecrows...).
The best spot for lunch is Warracknabeal as there are pubs, bakeries and a fish and chip shop and after that choices dry up quite a bit. This is a good spot to fill up the car too.
As a addition to the trail Andrew Burke has painted a carpet python on the general store in Woomelang that is well worth adding to your road trip.
There are a few ways to get to Sheep Hills from Melbourne but we like going via Waubra, just past Ballarat, to check out the huge wind farm.
At the end of the trail we stayed the night at Sea Lake. Patchewollock is well over four hours drive without accounting for stops so doing the trail in a day and getting home was too ambitious for us. Sea Lake is a perfect resting spot for the night and close to amazing Lake Tyrrell which is great to explore with kids.
On the way home we drove through Bendigo and stopped in to visit the Great Stupa, the largest Stupa outside Asia and designed in a unique Tibetan style. It is not yet completed but is already a stunning building and staff are very welcoming and run regular free tours of the complex.