Clare Valley Silo Art Trail
It’s been just over 7 years since the first Silo was painted in Australia, all the way over in the west. Since then, the phenomenon has grown to 51 silos painted across the country with three within the Clare Valley.
Be sure to plan your journey ahead to coincide with the Australian Silo Art Trail (ASAT), taking in the beauty of these sky-high murals.
Photo by SA-UAVs
The Storytime Silos, quite a fitting name for two reasons. Eudunda is the birthplace of famous Australian author Colin Thiele. Thiele wrote over 100 books before he passed away in 2006, on the same day as Steve Irwin. The silos portray two young children, a white girl and an Aboriginal boy, sharing the stories of their past and their culture. The silos are 30 meters tall and were designed in collaboration with local Elder and Ngadjuri spokesperson Quentin Aeguis.
Completed in: July 2021, 51st silo to be painted.
Artist/s: Sam Brooks (Vans the Omega)
Parking: off-street car parking is available on Railway Parade, with a short stroll to the Silos.
The Farrell Flat Silos are a tribute to times past. With the arrival of railways, circuses could stop at many of the towns on the track. On one stop in at Farrell Flat, a young elephant died and was buried in the area, and a tiny elephant has been hidden in the wheat as a reflection of this event within the town. Can you find it?
Completed in: November 2020, 42nd silo to be painted.
Artist/s: Jarrod Soden and Matthew Knights
Parking: Off-road parking is available directly in front of the silos
Photo & Header Image: Chris Oaten, Insight Visuals
From ‘Wheat bags to Sand bags’ is the story portrayed on the Owen Silos. Standing proudly in the middle of town, these 6 silos pay tribute to rural South Australia during the outbreak of the First World War, when our regional farmers were called to service on the front lines. Whilst you’re in the town, stop for a drink or a meal at the Owen Hotel.
Completed in: April 2021, 48th to be painted.
Artist/s: Robert Hannaford Painter: Cam Scale
Snowtown (Water Tower)
Community Spirit is at the forefront of this water tower, proudly picturing local volunteers of the SA Country Fire Service and SA Ambulance, as well as star of their local footy club the Blyth/Snowtown Cats. If you’re planning on staying the night, there is a caravan park down the end of the road. Be sure to check out the Big Blade before you leave.
Completed in: April 2018.
Artist/s: Sam Brooks (Vans the Omega)
Parking: is easily available on the side of the road next to the tower.
Travelling further north?
Wirrabara Silo Art, photo by @photos_by_snoddy
If the Clare Valley is not the final stop of your destination and your travels are taking you further north, we’d recommend heading through the heart of the Southern Flinders Ranges passing by the township of Wirrabara. Only an hour and 15 minutes north of Clare, it makes a perfect lunch stop. If you haven’t packed your own or grabs something from Clare in the morning, Julies Kitchen makes a great pie.
Completed in: October 2018, this silo was the 24th to be completed on the ASAT.
Parking: Generous parking spaces in the designated car park (located on Forest Rd) available for several buses, caravans and cars.
Street art & murals
A wander around one of our towns will surely have you inspired to get creative or rediscover your appreciation for the arts in all mediums.
Clare township has several street art and mural locations, along the main street in front of Mitre 10, along Ness Street, Burton Street, Gleeson Street and Lennon Street, as well admiring the mosaics on your way into the Clare Valley Wine, Food and Tourism Centre.
You’ll find a mosaic walk around Auburn township, an interesting photo opportunity at the Eudunda Bakery and artwork on the side of the Port Wakefield Rising Sun Hotel and the Terowie Roadhouse.