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Public Silo Trail: See the big picture

FORM’s PUBLIC Silo Trail is putting regional Western Australia up in lights, bringing world class murals to grain silos, transformer boxes and iconic infrastructure in unexpected towns right across the state.

Merredin Kyle Hughes-Odgers

Three hours on the Great Eastern Highway will bring you to Merredin, the largest regional centre in the eastern Wheatbelt. The town boasts the longest grain storage facilities in the southern hemisphere, as well as a good selection of eating houses and accommodation options, making it the ideal base for exploring the eastern Wheatbelt.

If you’re on the trail to discover some of Western Australia’s 12,000 plus flowering species (making up the largest collection on Earth), make up the largest collection on Earth, make a beeline for the delicate orchids of Tamma Parkland or the vast granite outcrops of Merredin Peak and Totadgin Conservation Park.

The Merredin Peak Heritage Trail will also lead you through native bushland to the remains of a former army field hospital – one of many historic military installations dotted throughout the region as reminders of Merredin’s role as the second line of defence during WW II. If trains and railways are more to your taste, the Merredin Railway Museum pays tribute to the original steam trains before the transfer to standard gauge for locomotives took place. The museum offers a range of displays including a G117 class steam locomotive circa 1897.

In the town, Cummins Theatre built from bricks salvaged from Coolgardie hotels and the original pressed metal ceiling from Coolgardie’s Tivoli Theatre, it also houses one of the best collections of Australian theatre archives in the state.

Don’t miss:

A look at the infamous Rabbit Proof Fence. Made immortal by Doris Pilkington Garimara’s book about her mother’s epic nine-week walk back along the fence to the desert home she had been taken from, this barrier was originally constructed in the early 1900s in an attempt to keep the rabbits out. You can see a section of it here in Merredin.

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Northam
Northam Internationally renowned artists Hense (USA) and Phlegm (UK) transformed eight CBH Group grain silos into iconic works of art, dramatically responding to the unique landscape of the Wheatbelt town of Northam.
Merredin
Merredin Urban artist Kyle Hughes-Odgers created PUBLIC Silo Trail in Merredin’s 35-metre high grain silo in Western Australia’s Central Wheatbelt
Katanning
Katanning FORM commissioned local and international artists to paint a series Western Power owned transformer boxes in Katanning
Pingrup
Pingrup Dog on a tractor, jockey on a horse, lamb in a man’s arms. This captures Pingrup’s spirit in a nutshell – or rather, in murals on three 25m high silos Pingrup spirit in a nutshell – or rather, in street artist EVOCA1’s 25m high murals.
Newdegate
Newdegate Native Western Australian wildlife took centre stage in sky-high silo art with Newdegate becoming the fifth stop along the PUBLIC Silo Trail.
Ravensthorpe
Ravensthorpe Fremantle-based artist Amok Island created PUBLIC Art in Ravensthorpe’s Six Stages of Banksia baxteri, a 25 metre high wildflower inspired mural painted across three CBH Group silos in Ravensthorpe, Western Australia.
Albany
Albany The Ruby Seadragon and its Leafy Seadragon cousin, the 35 metre high and 50 metre wide mural now sits proudly across the giant silos at CBH Group’s Albany Grain Terminal.