Seven enormous grain silos, 1,704 litres of paint and 1000km ribboning through outback Western Australia have combined to form the country’s first, and largest silo trail, the PUBLIC Silo trail. Find the tallest mural at Northam, measuring 38 metres high and stretching across eight silos. See the world’s biggest banksias at Ravensthorpe, which the artist painted over 31 days.
Discover how the trail has enlivened rural communities with café, food trucks and a swanky, five star hotel. Here’s some of the towns you’ll see along the way.
Affter gazing at the first silos painted in WA – top to bottom in vibrant colours and shimmering patterns - head to the Bilya Koort Boodja indigenous centre, which opened in 2018. The interactive museum tells the story of WA’s Noongar people within an arresting, architectural building, designed to lead you through its curved surfaces.
‘The red gum, you get the gum and make a powder out of it, sprinkle it over the wound, cover it with paperbark. It’s healing like an antibiotic.’ - Yvonne Kickett, Nyoongar Elder . Photography by @michelle.blackhurst . #BilyaKoortBoodja #NyoongarCulture #Environmental #BKBCentre #Northam
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Situated between silo stops, this progressive outpost has an incubator shopping space that’s worth stopping to admire. All sorts of locally made treasures are sold in the Dumbleyung Mini Mall. If you’re still there towards sunset, drive to nearby Lake Dumbleyung and park at Pussy Cat Hill lookout, the area’s highest point, to admire the colourwheel of pinks staining the sky.
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You don’t expect to find a food truck in a country town, but Happy Little Caravan is right at home serving coffee, smoothies, toasted sandwiches, wraps and more. Check out the native species painted large on Newdegate’s silos – a western bearded lizard, thigh spotted tree frog, mallee fowl and red-tailed phascogale – then pop in to the Hainsworth Museum (open Thursdays 11.00am - 4.30pm), which bears a carefully recreated 1950s general store; they’ve even reprinted the labels on the rosella tomato ketchups to be authentic.
Perth muralist @brentonsee emblazoned the native mallee fowl on canvas on Newdegate's towering silos. Have you seen it? 📷@bgshaylor . . . #publicsilotrail #seeaustralia #streetartglobe #justanotherdayinwa #publicart #newdegate #instaart #westernaustralia @australiasgoldenoutback #siloarttrail #art #australianart #wildlife #malleefowl @australia @westernaustralia
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Less than 100 people live in this cute outback town, yet they have a café that would rival any hip inner city suburb. The Store Café 6343 was created by reimagining the town’s Community Resource Centre, and motivated by all the visitors flocking to see the silo art of a dog riding a tractor, a farmer carrying a lamb and a jockey riding a horse. Count on good coffee here, as well as fantastic regional produce, locally made treats (don’t miss the cookies from Kulin), coveted homewares and, if you’re feeling floral, hit the Lavender coffee, amped with homemade syrup. Push on to Katanning, where chic, boutique accommodation, the Premier Mill Hotel awaits. You can stay in one of the repurposed grain silos, if it takes your fancy. Consider making it your silo trail base.
Have you ever tried lavender coffee? This is Kate making a big order of the unusual brew. If you want it, you have to drive 400km southeast of Perth for it. But it’s worth it for the coffee, food and good old country hospitality! @thestorecafe6343 #coffeetime . . . . Read more about The Store Cafe in my article published today (Aug 11) @deliciousaus travel section. . #thestorecafe6343 #westernaustralia #pingrup #pingrupwa #pingrupcrc #publicsilotrail #goodfood #perth #travel #foodtravel #eat #roadtrip #roadtripessentials #foodie #australia #best #freshfood #lavender #country #regionalwa #formwa
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‘Ravo’ is known for its extraordinary wildflowers, so it’s fitting that its silos are covered with 25m-high, geometric-style banksias, complete with a native bird drinking the flowers’ nectar. Tie your trip in with the annual Ravensthorpe Wildflower Show, which runs each September, or set aside time to explore the eastern end of Fitzgerald River National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve that’s mostly accessible with a 2WD. East Mount Barren lookout – even from the carpark - is a particular highlight.
A beautiful sunny day today, tomorrow and the next day... and it’s W I N T E R 🌞 . . 📸 @bingcoastallife . #springisnear #sunshineyday #sunshine_and_shorelines #fourwheeldriving #remotebeaches #exploring #discoveringnewplaces #hittingthetracks #bushbashing #roadtrip #coast #swimming #fishing #beachcombing #jumpforjoy #surfing #windsurfing #snorkelling #diving #boating #camping #fitzgeraldcoast #fishingwesternaustralia #fishingaustralia #dowhatyoulove #happycampers #celebrate #australiassouthwest #aussiekids #thegreatoutdoors @australia @westernaustralia
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