Explore the Wheatbelt following the PUBLIC Silo Trail, an ambitious project between FORM and CBH Group that has brought internationally renowned artists to regional Western Australia to transform a string of massive grain silos into works of art. What better way to get off the beaten track and spend some time in some of the Wheatbelt’s most welcoming and down-to-earth communities?
Completed in 2018, this permanent, open-air ‘gallery’ links rural and coastal towns across Western Australia’s southern regions, spreading a visible legacy across silos, walls and electrical boxes from Northam to Albany.
Day 1: Perth/Northam/Merredin
(260km, 3 hours)
Follow the Golden Pipeline Heritage trail en route to Northam where international artists Hense and Phlegm transformed eight CBH Group silos, in Australia’s first ever silo project. Then it’s on to Merredin where you can view one of Western Australia’s most accomplished street artists, Kyle Hughes-Odgers and his colourful creation on his biggest canvas yet. Enjoy seasonal wildflowers in the spring.
Day 2: Merredin/Hyden/Newdegate/
Ravensthorpe (386km, 4 hours)
Continue this celebration of the natural and industrial assets that make regional Western Australian towns iconic destinations via Wave Rock, an art form in itself, before heading south to Newdegate where Perth muralist Brenton See has depicted, on an epic scale, the area’s local wildlife; the western bearded lizard, mallee fowl, thigh spotted tree frog and a red-tailed phascogale across four silos.
Continue south to Ravensthorpe to be greeted by the towering mural that wraps around the whole site. Acclaimed Fremantle artist Amok Island’s artwork, Six Stages of Banksia baxteri depicts the different stages of the growth and flowering cycle of the species found predominantly between Esperance and Albany.
Day 3: Ravensthorpe/Hopetoun/
Pingrup (302km, 3 hours)
Drive half an hour to the coastal town of Hopetoun and spend some time exploring the biologically significant Fitzgerald River National Park, before heading back inland via Ravensthorpe to view the next silo along the trail at the small farming town of Pingrup, where you can view Miami based artist Evoca1’s 25m high mural depicting the renowned Pingrup Races, its local farming community and agricultural heritage.
Day 4: Pingrup/Albany
(200km, 2 hours)
Head south to Albany, home to one of the most beautiful and diverse coastlines in Australia, to view Brooklyn-based street art duo Yok & Sheryo’s magnificent ruby seadragon in their signature style. While you’re in town, explore York Street and its laneways to see over 20 wall based and electrical box murals, dotted throughout town, by international and Western Australian artists brought to Albany by FORM - or head to the Visitor Centre to get a map.
Day 5: Albany/Katanning/Perth
452km, 5 hours
On the way back to Perth, drop into the central-Wheatbelt town of Katanning to view a number of electrical transformer boxes and walls in the town’s centre with colourful murals by some of Western Australia’s prominent artists including Brenton See, Chris Nixon, Darren Hutchens and Mel McVee, as well as Tunisian artist Karim Jabbari, as part of the PUBLIC Silo Trail.
For more information on FORM's PUBLIC Silo Trail, visit www.publicsolotrail.com
Photography by Bewley Shaylor and videos by Peacock Visuals courtesy of FORM.