For travellers arriving from Melbourne or points south, the ideal place to begin the Silo Art Trail is Horsham. A recent addition to the Trail, this silo in the northern end of town celebrates the life, achievements and hardships of Wotjobaluk Country man Yanggendyinanyuk, alongside a black cockatoo adorning the adjacent flour mill.
Head west to see more local birdlife vibrantly depicted in the small towns of Goroke and Kaniva. The Goroke silo features artist Geoffrey Carran's portrayal of a kookaburra, galah and magpie – fittingly, as the town's name is the local Aboriginal word for the fierce black and white bird. In Kaniva, Melbourne-based artist David Lee Pereira has painted an immense mural of an Australian Hobby, with the slender falcon flying between two vibrant orchids.
In the tiny town of Arkona, world renowned mural artist Sam Bates, or 'Smug', pays tribute to importance of country tennis in local communities, utilising an intriguing method to portray Arkona local Roley Klinge, who passed away several decades ago.
Discover childhood memories in Albacutya with Kitt Bennett's bright depiction of what it was like to grow up in the country, exploring the bush as a youth and searching for yabbies. Then travel up to Patchewollock to see Fintan Magee's towering portrait of local sheep and grain farmer, Nick 'Noodle' Hulland.
At Lascelles, the work of revered Geelong-based artist Rone looms over the landscape in a touching portrait of local couple Geoff and Merrilyn Horman, paying tribute to their longstanding connection to the community.
Drop into the nearby town of Sea Lake to witness the work of Travis Vinson and Joel Fergie, also known as Drapl and The Zookeeper. Their sunset colours and lake-scape feature a young girl swinging from a eucalyptus tree, gazing out over the reflective surface of Lake Tyrrell, the biggest inland salt lake in Australia. Experience Lake Tyrrell for yourself, with a viewing platform situated around a 10-minute drive from Sea Lake. In the nearby town of Woomelang, you'll also find a snake mural by artist Sirium on the side of the town's general store.
Arrive in the tiny town of Nullawil to see another of Smug's creations. He's created a portrait of a farmer and his kelpie sheepdog, painted in his trademark photorealistic style.
Melbourne street artist Kaff-eine has explored themes that embody the Mallee's past, present and future in her silo in Rosebery. The town is also home to the Mallee Sunsets Gallery, a converted timber church showcasing a range of local crafts.
Journey on to Brim to see Guido van Helten's silo artwork, the first in Victoria. It depicts four anonymous, local farmers, demonstrating the strength and resilience of the local community.
Drive to Sheep Hills, to see Adnate's dramatic addition to the Silo Art Trail. His portraits of Wergaia Elder Uncle Ron Marks, Wotjobaluk Elder Aunty Regina Hood, Savannah Marks and Curtly McDonald celebrate the Indigenous culture of northwest Victoria.
Finish in Rupanyup with Julia Volchkova's mural of local sporting team members, Ebony Baker and Jordan Weidemann. Don't miss Melbourne artist Georgia Goodie's two murals in town, each depicting local fire fighters.
With the Silo Art Trail now forming a loop that can easily be connected from Rupanyup to Horsham, you can begin at any point - approach from Mildura and start in Patchewollock, or from South Australia start your exploration from Kaniva.