Silo Art Trail

Adelaide to Sydney

Duration

11 Days

Departs

Wednesday 5 October, 2022

From

$4,950

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“We were so well looked after by our tour leaders. Everything was taken care of.”

This Tour Includes

A Christian Tour Leader throughout your holiday

Air-Conditioned long distance touring coach

Economy Class airfares as required

Quality accommodation with private facilities

10 Breakfasts
5 Lunches
10 Dinners

Sightseeing as outlined and all entry fees

Luggage assistance if required

Tour Summary

Join CFT on a scenic journey that celebrates rural Australia as we follow the Silo Art Trail across three states. Silo Art is a relatively new phenomenon that began as a pilot project in WA’s wheat belt in 2015, yet today there are more than 50 silos and 95 water tower locations across Australia. These wonderful art displays reflect the culture and history of rural towns, instill a sense of pride in the community, and draw tourists to regions that have been doing it tough. Connect with like-minded people as we discover some fantastic regional art in 15 locations across South Australia, Victoria and Southern New South Wales.

This will be a unique holiday full of many different experiences so get ready to enjoy fun and fellowship as we travel from Adelaide to Sydney – grab your camera, it’s time to go exploring!

Your Travel Itinerary

Day 1
Wednesday 5 October 2022

Home - Adelaide

We start our Art Trail in Adelaide, where we will be met and welcomed by our CFT Tour Leader as well as our own Fantastic Aussie Tours Coach Captain. We will be transferred to our hotel in Central Adelaide where our CFT Leader is on hand to help make the most of a free afternoon in this elegant and beautiful city.

Tonight, we come together with our fellow travellers to enjoy our first group dinner and get to know one another. This holiday promises to be an amazing journey of discovery.

Overnight: Adelaide

Day 2
Thursday 6 October 2022

Sightseeing Adelaide

South Australia was settled as a free “Christian Colony” and its capital, Adelaide, is still known as the “City of Churches”. One of the most important people in the foundation of South Australia was George Fife Angas who was determined that the colony would “become the headquarters for the diffusion of Christianity in the Southern Hemisphere.” Colonel William Light was tasked with the foundation and design of Adelaide and his vision of “city in a park” created a capital that is both, beautiful and immensely liveable. Light designed the original “Garden City ” and today’s tour will explore this city layout before travelling to nearby Glenelg and then through the Adelaide Hills and the Mount Lofty Ranges.

We return to the city via the Big Rocking Horse and Toy Factory at Gumeracha. After dinner, we will drive to a lookout for an overview of the illuminated city below.

Overnight: Adelaide

Day 3
Friday 7 October 2022

Silo Art Trail begins

Today, we begin the Silo Art Trail and explore part of this uniquely Australian outdoor gallery- these gigantic murals are not only great works of art but also give us an insight into the people who live in the various small communities we visit.

In Owen we see the poignant ‘Wheat bags to Sand bags’ with the silos painted to depict a snapshot in time in rural Australia when, at great personal and community cost, farmers and farm labourers exchanged their wheat fields for the WWI battlefields. The painting of the Eudunda Silos began in June 2021 which is Sam Brooks first silo. The project is community driven by the Eudunda Community, Business and Tourism Committee. In Paringa the four silos celebrate famous citizens, with each featuring an individual silhouette containing a depiction of that person’s contribution to the local community.

Silo art is often used to depict endangered native flora and fauna of the local area and the Waikerie Silos are titled ‘Healthy River Healthy Community’. These silos have been painted by two world class artists and feature a giant Yabby and such endangered species as the Regent Parrot, Murray Hardyhead and the Spiny Daisy.

There is also a giant, semi-abstract river landscape with many quirky, local, native river creatures, like assorted birds, frogs, fish and turtles plus the Rain Moth, from which the town of Waikerie gets its name.

During the day we will pass through Auburn, a character­packed village of heritage stone buildings that is also the birthplace of Australia’s famous poet, CJ Dennis. We are headed towards Renmark, a town situated on the banks of the River Murray.

The first irrigation settlement in Australia, Renmark was established by the Canadian Chaffey Brothers in 1887. Today this historic town is the largest in the Riverland and its principal products are citrus and stone fruits, grapes and wine, vegetables, wheat and wool.
After a day on the road we sample a drop at Angove Family Winemakers, the first winery and distillery on the River Murray in South Australia, and learn all about their renowned St Agnes’ Brandy.

Overnight: Renmark

Day 4
Saturday 8 October 2022

Renmark - Mildura

Renmark is in the heart of the Riverland and enjoys beautiful surroundings with impressive ochre-coloured cliff tops and wetlands brimming with birdlife and riverscapes. It is also famous for its glorious roses so we will “stop and smell the roses” at Ruston’s Rose Garden, Australia’s largest rose garden. Soak up God’s glorious Creation as you wander 26 acres of garden, surrounded by more than 4000 varieties of roses.

We travel to Mildura where, after lunch, we board the PS Melbourne (built 1912) to travel downstream through Lock 11, originally built to bypass the weir across the river; experience the workings of a lock as the Melbourne is lowered to the downstream level and raised again on the return journey.

Enjoy learning about the river and its history, the local fauna and flora, as we relax and watch the world go by . Meanwhile the fireman will be hard at work and we can see them fire the boiler and enjoy the magic of the old engine as it drives the massive gears of the paddlewheels.
We will be staying 3 nights in Mildura so settle in and enjoy some country hospitality.

Overnight: Mildura

Day 5
Sunday 9 October 2022

Worship - Gems - Historic House

This morning we join Dale and Rachel Barclay who have served Sunraysia South Parish for BCA {Bush Church Aid) since 2007. We will worship in Red Cliff and enjoy fellowship with the local congregation before heading back to Mildura for lunch.

A look around “Aladdin’s Cave”, a wonderful collection of crystals, fossils and carvings from around the world, at Woodies Gem Shop. Watch and learn how gemstones are cut and polished before being turned into jewellery before browsing the gift shop for souvenirs.

We visit the historic “Rio Vista” {River View) house, once the home of the pioneering Chaffey Brothers; built at the height of their success as irrigation entrepreneurs, there was no expense spared on this Queen Anne style mansion. Today it houses Mildura’s Art Gallery so you can admire the craftsmanship of the building as well as the local art.

We return back to our hotel after a town tour that includes a visit to Lock 11 and the historic irrigation pumps established by the Chaffey Brothers.

Overnight: Mildura

Day 6
Monday 10 October 2022

Mungo National Park

Mungo Lady and Mungo Man are perhaps the most important human remains ever found in Australia and their discovery on the shores of Lake Mungo re-wrote the ancient story of this land and its people. These 42,000 year old ritual burials are some of the oldest remains of modern humans {Homo sapiens) to be found outside of Africa.

Mungo Lady is the oldest known cremation in the world, representing the early emergence of humanity’s spiritual beliefs. Along with 20,000-year-old fossil human footprints, they tell an incredible story of First Australians’ long history, and led to the establishment of Mungo National Park.

We visit the National Park, located at the heart of NSW’s Willandra Lakes World Heritage Area, for a guided tour of this extraordinary place that is of great significance to the Ngyiampaa, Mutthi Mutthi and Southern Paakantyi people.

As we are learning about its history we will tour the incredible Walls of China, where erosion has sculpted sand and clay into fragile yet imposing formations. What a day!

Overnight: Mildura

Day 7
Tuesday 11 October 2022

Mallee Region Art - Laser Light Show

We bid farewell to Mildura to take in the wonderful regional art that celebrates some of the local characters of the Wimmera ­Mallee.

Patchewollock, a very small town in the north-west region of Victoria has the fourth set of silos to join the Australian Silo Art Trail Collection and feature a hard working lanky local by the name of Nick “Noodle” Hulland who exemplifies the no­nonsense, hardworking spirit of the region. Meanwhile the silos in Lascelles, a town with a population of just 48 people on a good day, celebrate local couple Geoff and Merrilyn Hormans whose family has lived in the area for four generations.
In Roseberry we see the artwork of a talented female artist, only one of five women who have painted for the Trail; she captures the image of a young female farmer, a strong woman who is used to the hardships of the land, on one silo whilst on the other is a typical Mal lee farmer with his Akubra hat, boots and oilskin vest sharing a tender moment with his horse.

We travel on to Swan Hill, a town which was founded in 1846 on the south bank of Murray and, being the only crossing of the Murray within 100 km grew up around the punt crossing; the ill­fated explorers Burke and Wills crossed the Murray here in 1860. Today, Swan Hill is a thriving, modern city which services the irrigated hinterland, stretching along the Murray Valley into the Mollee in Victoria and the Western Riverina in New South Wales.

After dinner we have the wonderful opportunity to experience the world-class ‘Heartbeat of the Murray’, a 360-degree multi-media spectacular unlike anything ever seen in Australia. Using water, light, laser, sound and special effects to tell the story of the Murray, you’ll be transported back 30 million years, before travelling forward through time to the Murray River as we know it today.

Overnight: Swan Hill

Day 8
Wednesday 12 October 2022

Pioneer History - Swan Hill - Echuca

Today we visit Swan Hill’s Pioneer Settlement, a recreated river town of the late 19th century with over 50 original and recreated buildings, including a non-denominational church, a working blacksmith’s shop and a working print shop, as well as display vessels PS Gem, a paddle steamer, and the barge Vega.

Volunteers demonstrate old fashioned crafts and the buildings are filled with over 60,000 antique and historic objects to add life and realism. Take a leisurely stroll down the Redgum Statue River Walk as it meanders along the banks of the Murray River through the towns of Koondrook and Barham. Admire the exceptional craftsmanship of the gorgeous statues which depict the pioneer men and women of the district along with the iconic wildlife of the area. These works of art were carved out of local red gum by world renowned chainsaw carvers Kevin Guilders and Angela Polglaze.

The time-warp continues when we travel further along the Murray River to Echuca. By the 1870s Echuca had become Australia’s largest inland port with over a hundred pubs and hotels with a vast timber wharf which was originally 332 metre long. Echuca Wharf is an important relic of Australian history and in 2007 it was added to the Australian National Heritage List – take some time to look around the wharf’s many shops and attractions before we check in to our accommodation.

Overnight: Echuca

Day 9
Thursday 13 October 2022

Port of Echuca - Paddle Steamer PS Emmylou

This morning we visit the Port of Echuca, a living monument to the 1870s when it was the third largest port in Australia, only behind Sydney and Melbourne. Home of the TV series “All the Rivers Run”, the Port of Echuca provides us with a glimpse of what life was really like in the late 1800s and its steam ­powered exhibits are not to be missed.

We board the elegant PS Emmylou, a classic paddle steamer powered by seasoned logs of local red gum trees, to enjoy a two hour scenic cruise and a delicious lunch. There’s nothing to do but sit back and RELAX – this is the life!

Overnight: Echuca

Day 10
Friday 14 October 2022

Art Trail - Botanic Garden - Museum of Riverina

A scenic day filled with wheat fields coming into full head and fields of bright yellow canola as well as plenty of painted birdlife; Deniliquin water tower portrays two kookaburras resting on gum tree branches, Lockhart features local parrots whilst Milbrulong voted unanimously in support of a rosella themed mural as Milbrulong is the Wiradjuri word for ‘rosella’.

Deviating from the bird theme is “Not so ltsy”, the 3-D Big Spider that is seen climbing down the Urana Water Tower (definitely NOT one for arachnophobes). In Boree Creek a memorial celebrates Tim Fischer, the town’s favourite son, with a found-metal likeness titled ‘The Last Train from Boree’.

Wagga Wagga is located half-way between Sydney and Melbourne and is known as the “City of Good Sports” with Australia’s sporting heroes such as former Australian cricket captain Mark Taylor, rugby league great Peter Sterling and AFL legend Paul Kelly hailing from this regional city.

We visit the beautiful Botanic Gardens which feature nine distinct garden areas, a Chinese pavilion, a mini zoo and an aviary. Not to be missed is the Tree Chapel; originally funded by the Combined Churches of Wagga Wagga, the Tree Chapel provides a venue for open air services and weddings and all the trees and shrubs in this area have Biblical relevance.

Next to the gardens is the Museum of the Riverina where the intriguing exhibit “Talking Machines” gives voice to pieces of dormant farm machinery and people recount how they transformed the unforgiving landscape of the Riverine into a food bowl.
We celebrate the last night of our holiday with a final group dinner.

Overnight: Wagga Wagga

Day 11
Saturday 15 October 2022

Homeward bound along the Road to Gundagai - Goulburn - Home

We take the 11Road to Gundagai11 and then stop in Goulburn for lunch as we travel back towards Sydney.

Our wonderful holiday full of Art and Exploration may have come to an end, but we return home with memories of unique experiences and of days filled with fun and fellowship with like­minded people.

All Inclusive Fares

Silo Art Trail Pricing

Departs from: Description Twin PP Single
From Sydney Sydney Domestic Airport $4,950 $5,845
From Melbourne Melbourne Domestic Airport $5,125 $6,020
From Brisbane Brisbane Domestic Airport $5,175 $6,070

Tour Code:

AUS22101CFT

Departs:

Wednesday 5 October, 2022

Returns:

Saturday 15 October, 2022

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Silo Art Trail
Wednesday 5 October, 2022
11 Days

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Silo Art Trail
Wednesday 5 October, 2022
11 Days