Silo Art Trail of NSW
6 Day Escorted Group
14-19 May 2022
Image Credit: Destination NSW
The ‘Silo Art Trend’ is infusing Australians with newfound energy and enthusiasm. It’s encouraging people from all walks of life to journey along what is now considered Australia’s ultimate road trip. There are currently seven painted silos in New South Wales and on our 6 day/ 5 night exploration of regional NSW we will visit a selection of these fascinating art works whilst exploring picturesque country towns and spend a night in an African Safari Retreat.
Day 1: Saturday, 14 May 2022 – Sydney – Hunter Valley – Tamworth (LD)
Join your vehicle at the Central Sydney Pickup location. Departing the city, we commence our journey with a drive north to the Hunter Valley Wine Region which is nestled in the lee of the Great Dividing Range. 180 years young, this is Australia’s oldest and best-known wine region and is soaked in history. It’s a dynamic and fascinating area that brims with over 150 top class wineries. We start with a visit to the Binnorie Dairy, one of Australia’s premiere soft cheese producers. Here you enjoy samplings of a selection of the cheeses made onsite and of course the opportunity to purchase! Continuing we visit a premium boutique winery where you have an opportunity to taste a range of wine varietals and enjoy a lunch of local produce platters accompanied by wine flight of local wines. Departing from the wine region we continue towards Tamworth. Enroute we will enjoy an afternoon visit to The First Fleet Memorial Garden in Wallabadah, dedicated to the First Fleet immigrants. Carved on tablets along the garden pathways are 1,520 names of all those who came out to Australia on the eleven ships in 1788. The stories of those who arrived on the ships, are told throughout the garden. Our journey then takes us to the country town of Tamworth, our destination for the next two nights. Time to check in and relax before dinner this evening, which is included at the hotel’s restaurant.
Accommodation: Powerhouse Hotel Tamworth x 2 Nights
Day 2: Sunday, 15 May 2022 – Tamworth – Art Silo Exploration (BL)
After breakfast at the hotel, we depart Tamworth and drive approximately 100km to the town of Barrbara which abounds with natural beauty. As well as being tucked into a bend of the Manilla River, this little country town is surrounded by the Nandewar Ranges and the Horton Valley. The Barraba Silos are privately owned by Simon and Amanda Koopman and are located at the southern entrance to town on Manilla Road. 25 artists were approached from across Australia to seek their interest in painting the Barraba Silos. From those 25, 14 proposals were received. The Barraba Silo Art Committee, including the owners of the silos (Simon and Amanda Koopman), chose Fintan Magee as the winning artist. Time to enjoy the art and morning tea refreshments in town before continuing along country roads to the country town of Gunnedah where on arrival we have a lunch before viewing the Gunnedah Silo Art. Dorothea Mackellar and an extract from her famous poem “My Country” are immortalized on this 29m high, privately owned maize mill in Gunnedah. Established silo artist Heesco completed the artwork via cherry picker at the mill site on Barber Street. There is a perfect viewing platform from the walkway on Gunnedah’s new bridge that links the Oxley Highway and Warrabungle Street. Time permitting, we will also explore the town before returning to Tamworth. Remainder of the evening is at leisure with dinner own expense tonight.
Day 3: Monday, 16 May 2022 – Tamworth – Dunedoo – Dubbo (BD)
An early breakfast at the hotel before we depart from Tamworth, travelling the country roads which has us arriving in the small, picturesque town of Dunnedoo by the Talbragar River. The Dunedoo Silo side one and two have been painted by Peter Mortimore over three months during July August and September of 2020. Depicted on the side silo is Winx, a retired champion Australian thoroughbred racehorse and her famous rider Hugh Bowman, who was born in Dunedoo. Also featured is Chris Waller, Winx’s trainer, whom without this very famous horse may not have been the true champion that she was. Side two silo displays the local fauna and flora. Time for lunch at leisure (own expense) before we continue to our next destination, Dubbo and the Western Plains Zoo.
On arrival at the Western Plains Zoo you will experience a slice of Africa without leaving Australia! The Zoofari Lodge is positioned right beside a stunning savannah, home to giraffes, rhinos, zebra and antelope and offers an unrivalled in-zoo safari experience with accommodation in unique lodges. This wild escape is inclusive of meals, accommodation, exclusive tours, zoo entry and bike hire. On arrival time to relax and enjoy the views from your luxury tents. This evening includes dinner and Wine Tasting at the Lodge Dining Room (Beverages with dinner are NOT included and at your own cost) followed by an evening Spotlight Tour with a Zoo Ranger.
Accommodation: Western Plains Zoo, Zoofari – Animal View Lodge x 1 night
Day 4: Tuesday, 17 May 2022 – Western Plains Zoo – Parkes (BD)
Set your alarm or just rely on the Zoo’s wildlife alarm to wake you in the morning! We will set off early for a guide morning Tour at the Zoo, followed by breakfast. Checking out of the lodge, we will spend majority of the day exploring the Zoo and its range of exhibits. The Zoo is home to hundreds of rare and endangered animals including giraffes, rhinos, elephants and big cats. Daily keeper activities (included in zoo entry) deliver magical experiences you will never forget. You will have time also to purchase lunch at leisure at the Zoo’s Café.
Mid-afternoon, we depart from the Zoo and commence our drive to Parkes and our afternoon visit at the Parkes Observatory, home to the 64-metre Parkes radio telescope, one of the telescopes comprising CSIRO’s Australia Telescope National Facility. An icon of Australian science, the Parkes radio telescope has been in operation since 1961 and continues to be at the forefront of astronomical discovery thanks to regular upgrades. Astronomers from across Australia and around the world utilise the Parkes radio telescope to undertake world-class astronomical science. Affectionately known as ’the Dish’, the telescope operates 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Time to visit the 3D theatre before arriving at our hotel. Check into our accommodation with dinner tonight included at a local restaurant.
Accommodation: Station Motel Parkes x 1 night
Day 5: Wednesday, 18 May 2022 – Parkes – Grenfell – Bathurst (BD)
Breakfast this morning in the hotel followed by a visit to the Elvis Museum. The King’s Castle is a collection of Elvis’ personal artefacts. The King’s Castle’s exhibition – “Walk A Mile in My Shoes – A Day in the life of Elvis Presley”. This interactive exhibit is designed to try and bring to you some of the highs and lows that Elvis Presley encountered throughout his life and career. As you experience the new audio-visual journey, you will see genuine artefacts from Elvis’ homes and items he wore or used on stage. From here we continue to Grenfell. The 1926 Grain Silos at Grenfell are proudly owned by Grenfell Commodities and was the initiative of the founder, Peter Mawhinney, to commission the silos to be painted. Peter was inspired by the artwork on the Weethalle Silos and could envisage that the silos at Grenfell were the perfect canvas for Heesco Khosnaran to create another masterpiece. Here we will also visit this fascinating gold rush town with its many galleries, historic buildings and super country pubs. Time for you to purchase lunch at leisure and to visit the Grenfell Art Gallery. Late afternoon we arrive at our overnight accommodation in Bathurst. Dinner tonight is included at the hotel.
Accommodation: Rydges Mount Panorama Bathurst x 1 Night
Day 6: Thursday, 19 May 2022 – Bathurst – Sydney (BL)
After breakfast at the hotel, we drive to Portland located 45 minutes from Bathurst and the final Silo of our tour. The Portland Silos which are now known as “The Foundations” were the 20th Silos to be included in the Australian Silo Art Trail and were completed in May 2018. The old Portland Cement Works were painted by Guido van Helten and depict five male and one female past Portland Cement workers. From here we commence our return to Sydney via the picturesque Blue Mountains. We will stop at Govetts Leap for spectacular views and enjoy a 2 course lunch at the Boilerhouse Café at the historic Hydro Majestic hotel. On completion of lunch head down the motorway to arrive back in Sydney approximately 4.30 – 5.00pm.
Price + Inclusions
|Silo Art Trail of NSW||Price per person|
- Travel in bespoke 14 passenger Seat tour Vehicle with reclining leather coach seats and air conditioning
- Expert Driver/Guide and all driver expenses including accommodation and meals
- Sustainable Water bottles on board
- Accommodation x 5 Nights
- Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
- Admissions to Attractions included in Itinerary.
- Meals unless specified
- Beverages with Meals unless specified
- Travel Insurance
What to Bring:
Casual clothes, including warm gear, comfortable flat walking shoes or boots, a jacket, a hat, and sunscreen, toilet requirements and a torch. One small suitcase or bag. Light hand-luggage can accompany you inside the vehicle eg. cameras, day-bags, valuables etc.