The ‘200km Wimmera Mallee Silo Art Trail’ - St Arnaud, Rupanyup, Sheep Hills, Brim, Rosebery, Nullawil, Sea Lake, Lascelles & Patchewollock
Visit to the Dunolly Museum
Visit to Wood’s Farming & Heritage Museum
Visit to Murtoa Stick Shed
Visit to Yurunga Homestead & Garden Lunch & Tour
Visit to the Sky Mirror Gallery
Dinner at The Duke
Experience the beautiful Lake Tyrrell Sunset
Visit the Sea Lake Street Wall Art
Visit to the Woomelang Kero Tin Shearing Shed
Visit to Nullawil Auchmore Homestead Museum
Visit to Granny Jo’s Farm
Visit to the Soldier Settlements of Red Cliffs & Big Lizzie
Visit to the Murray River Ports of Wentworth & Mildura
Visit to Orange World
Visit the Varapodio Estate Grove & Cellar Door
Visit to Trentham Estate Winery
Dinner at the Grand Hotel ‘Spanish Grill’
Visit to Historic Robinswood Homestead
Visit the Swan Hill Pioneer Settlement; Laser Light Show ‘The Heartbeat of the Murray’
Visit the Lake Boga Flying Boat Museum
Visit to The Spannerman & Simply Tomatoes
Shepparton Highlights Tour & Moooving Cows
Visit the Northern Vic Silo Art Trail - Rochester, Colbinabbin, Goorambat, Devenish, St James & Tungamah
Visit Sophia at the Goorambat Uniting Church Mural
Enjoy the Benalla Street Art
Vietnam Veterans Commemorative Walk
Friends for Company
Personally Escorted by an experienced Sisterhood Hostess who is on hand to assist with making your holiday a memorable one.
Comfortable Coach Touring Throughout
Accommodation with private facilities
Fabulous Range of Included Sightseeing and Activities
All Meals as detailed in Itinerary
Room Sharing Option
Zoom Meet and Greet prior to Departure
The itinerary is subject to change due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Should social distancing measures remain in place, Sisterhood Womens Travel will adapt our itinerary accordingly.
Day 1 - Saturday 18 September 2021
Melbourne - St Arnaud- Rupanyup - Murtoa - Horsham (L,D)
Welcome to Sisterhood Womens Travel. This morning meet our Sisterhood Tour Hostess and fellow travellers at Southern Cross Station Melbourne to begin our journey through the Victoria Silo Art Trail, witnessing the amazing colours of the saltpans at Lake Tyrrell, history of the river ports of Mildura and Swan Hill and the silo art trails of the Wimmera Mallee and Northern Central Vic. After pick up we make our way up towards Horsham via Dunolly, St Arnaud and Rupanyup. After morning tea in the central goldfields town of Dunolly we visit its museum housing a large collection of relics both wondrous and strange. Hear the history of the ‘Hand of Faith’, ‘Welcome Stranger’, John Flynn, Charles Thatcher and the Three Double Murders. Across in St Arnaud we view some amazing murals including the magnificent silo mural. Our local guide will accompany us around the nine locations concluding at the crowning glory of the trail which is the silo piece titled ‘Hope’. The mural spans two silos and illustrates St Arnaud’s gold mining history, with a design chosen in collaboration with residents of the town. Next is Wood’s Farming and Heritage Museum, located in Rupanyup. Here we enjoy a light lunch and a chance to browse through the extensive museum, featuring all things vintage. From farming machinery to sewing machines, matchboxes to matchbox cars plus one of the most assorted vintage biscuit tin collections, we enjoy a walk down memory lane. We also stop by the Rupanyup Silo, created by Russian street artist Julia Volchkova and dedicated to local netball and football players. We can’t leave Rupanyup without a visit to Rupanyup Living to taste the best home-made brownies in the area. The Murtoa Stick Shed is next to experience a talk and tour of one of the most unusual and interesting buildings in Australia. The Stick Shed was built in 1941 and stands at almost 20m high, 265m long and 60m wide. There are 560 poles within, and it can hold around 100,000 tons of wheat. After our tour we continue into Horsham for check-in before dinner in the motel restaurant.
Overnight Horsham: Westlander Motor Inn (or similar)
Day 2 - Sunday 19 September 2021
Silo Art Trail - Yurunga Homestead - Sea Lake (B,L,D)
After breakfast we continue along the Silo Art Trail arriving at the Sheep Hills Silos where artist Matt Adnate has created a monster 30m high x 40m wide piece of silo art dedicated to Aboriginal Wergaia Elder, Uncle Ron Marks, and Wotjobaluk Elder, Aunty Regina Hood, alongside two young children to celebrate the richness of the area’s Indigenous culture. Our next stop is the Brim Silos, the first silo completed on the trail, the small farming town captured the world’s attention in January 2016 after Brisbane street artist Guido van Helten painted a giant mural on the town’s unused grain silos depicting an anonymous, multi-generational quartet of female and male farmers. From Brim we travel across to Rainbow for lunch and tour at the Yurunga Homestead. The railway came to Rainbow in 1898 and with it came prosperity to the town and surrounding area. Part of that prosperity was the establishment of Yurunga, a beautiful homestead built in 1909 to impress the people of Rainbow. Wander the gardens and get a strong sense of what it was like for the early owners in those pioneering days. Outside, the gardens and coach house tell their own story, and the site where the croquet green once stood reminds us of the social gatherings Yurunga was renowned for. After leaving the homestead we continue to Rosebery and view the silo artwork by Kaff-eine. Completed in late 2017, Kaff-eine’s artwork depicts themes that she says embody the region’s past, present and future. Next stop is at the Lascelles Silo Mural by Melbourne-based artist Rone where he depicts farming couple Geoff and Merrilyn Horman, part of a family that has lived and farmed in the area for four generations.
Later this afternoon we arrive in Sea Lake and view the Sea Lake Silos where Brisbane based artists Travis Vinson (DRAPL) and Joel Fergie (The Zookeeper) have transformed the GrainCorp silos depicting a young girl swinging from a Mallee eucalyptus tree looking over Lake Tyrrell, and a big open sky which gradually fades from dusk to night. Close by is our unique Lake Tyrrell Accommodation where we check in and relax before enjoying a sunset BBQ dinner and sing-along.
Overnight Sea Lake: Lake Tyrrell Accommodation (or similar)
Day 3 - Monday 20 September 2021
Sea Lake - Woomelang - Nullawil - Auchmore - Lake Tyrrel (B,L,D)
Following breakfast, we check out the Sea Lake town murals with our guide, each with their own unique story to tell. At our next stop in Woomelang our local historian joins us for morning tea at the Woomelang General Store before viewing the wall and mobile silo art murals plus the history surrounded the Kerosene Tin Shearing Shed. From Woomelang we travel across to Nullawil to view the new silo art, finished in July 2019 featuring a working dog and his master. Lunch awaits at Auchmore homestead and museum, which houses all the necessities used by the early pioneers of the district. Auchmore museum is an original farm homestead fitted out in period design as well as many out buildings from the era. An original drop log hut with an earthen floor used by the first white settlers has been relocated to the site as well as a school, church and other outbuildings. From Nullawil it’s back up to Sea Lake where we enjoy a rest before heading out to Lake Tyrrell with our guide. At the lake platform we view the spectacular colours of a Lake Tyrrell sunset. Those wishing are able to hop into a pair of “Gum Boots”, which are supplied allowing us to take a walk on the lake. Following drinks and nibbles at the Sky Mirror Gallery we head to The Juke Restaurant for dinner.
Overnight Sea Lake: Lake Tyrrell Accommodation (or similar)
Day 4 - Tuesday 21 September 2021
Sea Lake - Nandaly - Patchewollock - Red Cliffs - Mildura (B,L,D)
Following check out we head north towards the mighty Murray River travelling via Granny Jo’s Farm at Nandaly. Here we spend time with Mallee farmers Sam and Jo Brady and listen to their story of their family and life on the land with cycles of drought and abundance, hope and despair that characterise Mallee farming. See the hay harvest in full swing (Sept/Oct/Nov), check out the machinery and storage sheds, and enjoy a country style morning tea amongst Jo’s 3 acre garden and farm animals. From Nandaly we travel across to the Patchewollock Silo artwork, completed in late 2016 by Brisbane artist, Fintan Magee. Fintan booked a room at the local pub to immerse himself in the community and get to know its people. When he met local sheep and grain farmer, Nick “Noodle” Hulland, Magee knew he had found his muse. From Patche we continue up along the Calder Highway to Ouyen for lunch at the Mallee Bakery. Our next stop will be in the soldier settlement of Red Cliffs, home of Big Lizzie, a tractor which cleared the land for the largest soldier settlement in Australia. We discover more of the settlement’s history and Big Lizzie at the Red Cliffs and District Historical Society. Its then onto Mildura for check in and rest before dinner in the motel restaurant.
Overnight Mildura: BW Chaffey Motor Inn (or similar)
Day 5 - Wednesday 22 September 2021
Wentworth - Mildura (B,L, D)
Today enjoy a highlight tour the historic river ports of Wentworth and Mildura. Wentworth was one of Australia’s busiest ports during the paddle-steamer era of the late 1800s and the great rivers of the Murray and Darling join as one here. The river township is considered the gateway to Outback New South Wales and is situated on the junction of the Murray and Darling Rivers. On our Mildura highlights tour we will discover the history of the Chaffey Trail and view the beautiful Mildura Riverfront, wharf, lock, and weir, Old Mildura Homestead, Rio Vista and Mildura CBD. Following our discovery tours, we relax and enjoy a light lunch at Bobby and Me located in a delightful setting down on river-front lawns. We then travel across the river to Buronga to catch up with Mario and Maria at Orange World before enjoying a fun and intriguing tractor train tour through the citrus orchard. We gain a true understanding of the citrus industry and what it means to the local growers and also learn the process of picking, packing and marketing of the delicious fruits. Next stop is at Varapodio Estate Grove and Cellar Door where we enjoy an informative talk and tour of the Olive Grove and processing facility which covers the irrigation, harvesting and pruning of the olive tree as well as the processing of fruit into extra virgin olive oil. After our tour we taste the award winning olive oils at the “Cellar Door”. Also available are olives, salad dressings, olive oil mayonnaise and a range of olive oil cosmetics and soaps. Also in stock is a wide array of other locally produced products such as Murray Salt, Outback Almonds, Woolshed Pantry preserves, Coffee Que, local dried fruit and Just Go Nuts pistachios to name a few. A range of olive inspired giftware as well as their Olive Oil Ice-cream (as seen on the Today Show) is also available for tasting. The perfect way to finish a day’s touring is over a glass of wine at Mildura’s premier boutique winery and cellar door. At Trentham Estate sample their delicious wines then sit by the banks of the Murray River with a glass of wine and nibbles, a perfect way to prepare for our day’s grand finale. Tonight, we dine in the Spanish Grill at the iconic Grand Hotel.
Overnight Mildura: BW Chaffey Motor Inn (or similar)
Day 6 - Thursday 23 September 2021
Mildura - Swan Hill (B,D)
This morning after breakfast and check out we depart Mildura and begin our drive alongside the Murray River to the river port of Swan Hill. Along the way enjoy morning tea and a look through the historic Robinswood Homestead, which was the home of the Cuttle family, founders of Robinvale. Memorabilia of the Cuttle family, especially Robin Cuttle for whom the town is named are displayed, together with some documents and photographs of the town twinning with Villers-Bretonneux. On arrival into Swan Hill we join in the bustling lives of our pioneers at the Swan Hill Pioneer Settlement. We have the afternoon at leisure to purchase lunch, enjoy a cruise along the mighty Murray River on the historic PS Pyap and explore the many aspects of the Settlement. Later in the day we check into our accommodation to freshen up before an early dinner. We then return to the Pioneer Settlement to witness the spectacular laser lights show “The Heartbeat of the Murray”. This laser spectacular is the first of its type in Australia and depicts the history of the Murray River from before landform to present time. This amazing show is projected onto a 50” water screen in the river, involves pyrotechnics and also special effects that physically engage the audience. Following the show, we return to our accommodation for a good night’s rest.
Overnight Swan Hill: Comfort Inn Campbell (or similar)
Day 7 - Friday 24 September 2021
Swan Hill - Rochester - Colbinabbin - Shepparton (B,L,D)
Today we depart Swan Hill and begin our drive across to Shepparton travelling out through Lake Boga. The Flying Boat Museum was once an integral part of allied defence during World War II, with a facility that helped to keep Australia safe - the No.1 Flying Boat Repair and Service Depot. After an informative tour of the Flying Catalina Boat and Communications Bunker, we travel down to Boort home to Simply Tomatoes surrounded in the ambience of the beautiful 1880’s homestead gardens. Here we learn about the farm, the district and the progressive story of Simply Tomatoes, Aussie Wool Quilts and Woolly Warmers, giving us a window into the life of a farming family and hearing about the journey of their national award-winning products. Across at Barraport we call into the amazing Piccoli’s Spannerman Sculptures for lunch, talk and self-guided tour. This country garden is filled with larger than life sculptures, including an iconic shearer, a family of deer, a pair of fighting stallions, a Mallee bull, intricate garden seats and many more. These wonderful works of art are made entirely of antique and modern-day spanners welded together. This afternoon we head to Shepparton via the township of Rochester to view the silo mural that was completed during July 2018. The colourful detail by artist Jimmy Dvate of a Squirrel Glider and Azure Kingfisher on the Campaspe River is quite brilliant! Down in Colbinabbin we stop by the stunning Silo Murals, another set painted by Tim Bowtell which depicts memorable community events from the town’s history and the significance of the railway to the Colbinabbin district. Leaving Colbinabbin, we continue up to Shepparton for check-in and dinner.
Overnight Shepparton: Quality Hotel Parklake (or similar)
Day 8 - Saturday 25 September 2021
Shepparton Silo Trail - Benalla - Melbourne (B,L)
After breakfast and check out we discovering the great Shepparton area and what better place to start than the Greater Shepparton Tourist Centre where our local guide is waiting for us. We begin our discovery tour of Shepparton which includes some of the 100+ Moooving Art Cows. Moooving Art is an ever changing public art exhibition of life-sized
3D cows that pays homage to the strength of the dairy industry in Greater Shepparton. The fibreglass bovines are scattered throughout Shepparton and surrounding towns in public gardens, playgrounds and businesses and are full of colour, spunk and personality. Our silo art trail continues in the small township of Tungamah where Broome based artist Sabrane has created a celebration of Australian native birds on the three silos. Our next township is St James where artist Timothy Bowtell has decorated the GrainCorp silos with a mural of Sir George Coles, the founder of Coles supermarkets who was a local to the St James township. In 1882 George Coles Snr married his wife Elizabeth and purchased his first store at the North Eastern St James. We move onto Devenish where the war-themed Silo Art depicts a World War I nurse and a modern-day army medic - the latest work of art on the third silo is that of a Lighthorse soldier and his horse, which was just unveiled on ANZAC weekend 2019 before a packed Anzac Day commemorative service. It’s then down to Goorambat, as part of the 2018 Wall to Wall festival, Goorambat silos were painted by famed iconic Melbourne street artist Jimmy Dvate and depicts an endangered bird of prey from the area, ‘Millibai’ the Barking Owl. After lunch we step inside the Uniting Church to view the beautiful mural of “Sophia” the female aspect of the Holy Spirit. Then it’s across to Benalla, home to regional Victoria’s stunning street art by various artists including Guido van Helten, Adnate, Rone, DVATE, Sirum, Kaff-eine and many more. Our last stop on our journey home is in Seymour to view the Vietnam Veterans Commemorative Walk. Opened in 2013, the wall includes both the names of all Australian veterans who served in the Vietnam War and a photographic time-line. We arrive home late afternoon after a wonderful time touring the Silo Art Trail of Victoria and the Murray River Region.
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