Public Silo Trail

Explore Western Australia’s largest outdoor art gallery

This colourful route through the Wheatbelt and Great Southern following the Public Silo Trail, which has transformed by a string of massive grain silos into works of art.

What better way to get off the beaten track and explore the Wheatbelt than following these larger than life murals? The open-air gallery stretches from Northam to Albany.

You’ll wind your way through gorgeous Wheatbelt country towns like Merredin, rich with bright-yellow canola fields and wildflowers in spring.  There are heaps of picnic spots and nature walks around this area, as well as Aboriginal tours.

Each leg of this adventure discovers a new silo mural, some are closer than others allowing for more than one leg to be completed in a day.

We recommend spending at least 5 days completing this adventure. There are powered and unpowered sites near all silo locations as well as ablution facilities.

Leg 1: Perth to Northam 105 kms 1.5 hours

Start your adventure from Perth travelling towards Northam and turning off on Northam-Toodyay Road for the first stop and Australia’s first ever painted silo mural.

Artwork by London artist Phlegm and Atlanta native Hense in April 2015.

*Please note CBH Northam Grain Termial is a fully operational grain handling site, with trucks and loading equipment constantly in use. The site is not open to the public. A safe viewing area on Toodyay Road does not currently exist, however plans are in motion to establish one in the near future.

Stay at Homestead, Valley, Drummonds or Bald Hill campsites for forest camping in the Perth Hills in your 4WD and Roof Top Tent.

Leg 2: Northam to Merredin 165 kms 1.5 hours

The second silo artworks are located in Merredin along Great Eastern Highway. Using 200 litres of paint, 14 days, 168 hours, two lifts, 80 rollers and 10 brushes!

Artwork by Australian street artist Kyle Hughes-Odgers in August 2017.

Stay at Merredin Tourist Park for camping or fully equipped chalets and villas.

Leg 3: Merredin to Katanning 295 kms 3 hours

This stop showcases a series of Western Power owned transformer boxes. The various artworks can be found off Clive and Austral Terrace.

Artworks by Western Australian artists Mel McVee, Brenton See, Chris Nixon and Darren Hutchens and Karim Jabbari from Tunisia in November 2017.

Stay at Moingup Springs forest camping close to the Stirling Ranges, Liberty Roadhouse and Katanning Caravan Park, Lake Ewlyamartup campground or Eulin Crossing Campsite.

Leg 4: Katanning to Pingrup 132 kms 1.5 hours

The silos at Pingrup took the artist 15 days and 230 litres of paint to create the mural depicting the scenes of everyday life in Pingrup’s farming community.

Artwork by Evoca1, whose name refers to the Spanish word evocar (meaning to evoke).

Stay at Pingrup Caravan Park or Nyabing Caravan Parking Facility

Leg 5: Pingrup to Newdegate 102 kms 1 hour

Newdegate is salt lake, wildflower, wheat and barley country.

From Pingrup head along Katanning-Nyabing Road to view this mural and continue on Newdegate-Ravensthorpe Road to explore Lake King or back track to Lake Grace.

Artwork by Benton See in May 2018.

Stay at Newdegate Caravan Park or Hollands Track B&B with your 4WD.

Leg 6: Newdegate to Ravensthorpe 133 kms 1.5 hours

The landscape around Ravensthorpe comes alive every spring with thousands of  species of wildflower bursting into colour so naturally these silo murals depict the six stages of Banksia Baxteri. A species of wildflower only found between Esperance and Albany.

Artwork by Amok Island.

Stay at a variety of coastal sites on secluded beaches of Hopetoun within the Fitzgerald River National Park.

Leg 7: Ravensthorpe to Albany 293 kms 3 hours

Heading to Western Australia’s southernmost port city you will find the ruby sea dragon (Phyllopteryx dewysea)

Artwork by Yok (Australia) and Sheryo (Singapore) in 2018.

Stay at nature-based campgrounds such as Cape Riche, Bettys or Normans Beach, Easy Bay, Torbay Inlet or Cosy Corner Easy in your 4WD and Roof Top Tent.

Total kilometres: 1,225
Total travel hours: 13
Travel times are estimated based on an average speed of 80km p/h and should be adjusted to suit road conditions and weather. The travel times indicated should allow for delays due to road works, traffic, fuel, food and bathroom stops. Travel times and distances are approximate and we recommend using as a guide only, along with a published map book or GPS navigational system.
Images & Itinerary: Courtesy of Public Silo Trail

 

Perth to Perth adventure to Mount Augustus

Adventure to Mount Augustus

Mount Augustus is the world’s biggest rock, at 1700 million years old, it is three times older than Uluru and twice it’s size!

Found roughly 1,000kms north of Perth in the Gascoyne Murchinson region of Western Australia, Mount Augustus is the world’s biggest rock. It is located within Mount Augustus National Park, a lush outback paradise with swimming holes, ancient rock art, a small but buzzing tourist park and the cutest outback bar you’ve ever seen.

The adventure is recommended for a 9 day trip, however you can take as much time as you like, even add it on to make a bigger road trip!

Leg 1: Perth to Mount Magnet 563 kms 6 hours

Begin your adventure through the Swan Valley.

Refuel at Dalwallinu and check out the general store.

This will be your first glimpse at wildflowers on the roadside.

Stop for lunch at Payne’s Find at the outback roadhouse.

Stay at Mount Magnet Caravan Park for powered and unpowered sites, or head 70kms north of Payne’s Find to Nalbarra Station with your 4WD and Roof Top Tent.

Leg 2: Mount Magnet to Cue 80 kms 1 hour

Take your time and enjoy the stops along today’s short drive.

First stop at The Granites – a striking set of rocky outcrops reaching 15 metres high, and s site of great cultural significance to the Badimia people.

Aim to arrive for a beautiful sunrise and try and spot a shy kangaroo among the boulders.

Explore the town of Cue. In the early 1890s there were more people in Cue than in Perth due to the gold rush, today it is a decidedly quieter place. The grand facade of the buildings remain, head to the Queen of the Murchison to check out the classic Art Deco – high ceilings and decorative wooden architraves that make up this fantastic bed and breakfast.

Next stop is the abandoned ghost town of Big Bell. Established in 1935 for those who came to work in the adjacent mine.

Continue on to discover the rock formation that has been nicknamed ‘Uluru’s little sister’. At nearly two kilometres in length, Walga Rock is amazingly similar in structure and appearance to Uluru, and is the second largest monolith in Australia.

Stay at Cue Tourist Park.

Leg 3: Cue to Meekatharra to Mount Augustus 469 kms 7 hours

You’re off to see the world’s biggest rock!

Before you depart Cue, be sure to check out the Bell & Co emporium which today operates as a general store and working museum, with an original flying fox still in operation.

Meekatharra is home to lovely architecture and is your last chance to refuel and grab any food or drinks before you head off road for today’s ultimate destination.

Admire the unusual colour of the earth, which flows continuously between chalky white solids, field of olive-coloured srub and a dark red dirt. Stop and look for Mount Gould Lock-Up – an abandoned police station from the 1800s, be sure to check out the floor made of rocks of quartz!

This is a fantastic area to spy some of WA’s famous wildflowers during the spring.

Start by taking the 40-minute Loop Drive around the base of the rock. As you edge around it’s northern face, you will begin to see the resemblance to Uluru and just how enormous it is.

Settle in at an open-air bar or take the 15 minute drive to Emu Hill lookout, from which it’s not hard to understand how Mount Augustus came to be a place of spiritual significance to the Wadjarri people.

Stay at Mount Augustus Tourist Park with a choice of powered and unpowered campsites.

Explore Mount Augustus

Explore Mount Augustus starting with Flintstone Rock Walk, a short trail at 500 metres to a set of ancient Aboriginal petroglyphs (carvings in rock) hidden under a large slab of rock that bridges a creek.

If it is warm enough take a swim at Cattle Pool or head off on one of the several walking trails in and around the rock.

Mount Augustus is a monocline: the type of rock formation that leans, or ‘dips’ in a single direction. At 1700 million years old, it is three times older than Uluru and twice it’s size, making it the largest rock in the world.

Hike to the peak of Mount Augustus. This is a challenging six-hour return adventure but it is well worth it. Make sure you prepare lunch and water the day before and head off before dawn to make your way around the rock to the entrance of the Summit Trail.

Leg 4: Mount Augustus to Gascoyne Junction 299 kms 4.5 hours

Refuel at the tourist park before you go and set off towards Temple Gorge, located within Kennedy Range National Park.

If it’s spring, prepare your camera… the road to Kennedy Range National Park heads west towards Australia’s coastline and is carpeted with wildflowers of yellow, white, purple and red.

Stop off for a walking trail from Honeycomb Gorge or the other trails before heading for the town of Gascoyne Junction.

Stay at Junction Tourist Park with a choice of powered and unpowered sites with access to water and ablution facilities.

Leg 5: Gascoyne Junction to Wooleen Station 339 kms 5 hours

Refuel at the roadhouse onsite and begin your adventure south to the famous Wooleen Station.

At nearly half a million acres in size, this breathtaking outback property made it’s way onto Australian TV after it’s change of ownership to David Pollock and Fances Jones in 2007. David hosts a Guided Sunset tour that concludes at Tanjimook, an Indigenous sacred site found on the property, which is similar to Australia’s famous Devils Marbles.

Camping sites are unpowered on Wooleen Station, campfires and pets are welcome in some areas.

Wooleen Station

Explore Wooleen Station, head off on a trail or to Yewlands Pool or Wooleen Lake, or if it is warm enough to the Murchison River.

Leg 6: Wooleen Station to Perth 640 kms 8 hours

Depart early and head for Coalseam Conservation Park – an absolute treat. This sheltered valley with mineral-rich soils has created the ideal conditions for WA’s native everlastings.

Total kilometres: 3,487
Total travel hours: 44
Travel times are estimated based on an average speed of 80km p/h and should be adjusted to suit road conditions and weather. The travel times indicated should allow for delays due to road works, traffic, fuel, food and bathroom stops. Travel times and distances are approximate and we recommend using as a guide only, along with a published map book or GPS navigational system.
Images & itinerary: Courtesy of Australia’s Golden Outback

 

Wildflower drives in Western Australia

En route to the Everlastings Trail

Wildflowers near Coral Bay

Western Australia is home to more than 12,000 species of wildflowers with more than 60 per cent of these found nowhere else in the world! Visitors come from all over Australia and overseas to see this spectacle of colour and scent. When Western Australia gets a lot of rain in winter, the display offered by the wildflowers can also be seen from space! The best time to see the wildflowers is between August and late November. Some of those wildflowers can be located along dirt roads, so in those cases a 4WD hire will be the right option for you.

Our recommendations for your wildflower tour with a 4WD hire:

Perth Wildflowers

Why not start with Perth’s wildflowers? Kings Park is located right in the Perth CBD and covers more than 400 hectares of natural bushland. Over 1,700 native wildflower species can be seen there. With amazing views over the Swan River, this place should be on everyone’s bucket list!

Yanchep National Park

Yanchep is a very popular spot, only one hour away from Perth. The park offers wildflowers and wildlife in abundance. Explore one of the nine walk trails, go birdwatching, discover one of the park’s caves and meet some koalas!

Lesueur National Park

This park with its 27,000 hectares ranks as one of the important reserves for flora and conservation in Western Australia. There are many beautiful orchids and kangaroo paws which can be seen along one of the many walk trails available in the park. Entry is from Cockleshell Gully Road which is unsealed.

Depot Hill Reserve

This reserve display colourful wildflowers in spring. Take your wildflower guide with you and go for a wander!

Coalseam Conservation Park

This park comes alive with its cover of Everlasting wildflowers after good rains. Coalseam Conservation Park should not be missed if you also have an interest for geology. A lot of fossils can be seen embedded in the riverbanks.

Geraldton and Mullewa

The Chapman River Regional Park is a must do with wildflowers that do not grow anywhere else. There are also over 120 bird species and 22 reptile species. See if you can spot kangaroos or echidnas during your trip! After your visit to Chapman River Regional Park, why not head out to Mullewa for a wildflower walk?
Mills Point Lookout also offers amazing views across the Chapman Valley and a huge abundance of wildflowers can be seen there as well.

Bindoon

Every year the town of Bindoon hosts its wildflower festival with a huge display of wildflowers at the town hall. There is a great range of local products for sale and a large exhibition of a vintage car on the oval. The rare and endangered Sun Star Orchid can also be spotted at the festival. On your way back from Bindoon, do not miss the beautiful Blackboy Ridge trail located on Chittering Road. This 1.5km trail, abundant in wildflowers, will take you to a lookout with amazing views across the valley.

Images courtesy of Tourism Western Australia

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