Colour Tumby Street Art Festival:
Tumby Bay, Eyre Peninsula SA
Honorary 2020 Winner: Best Street Art Festival or Event
Tumby Bay, on the eastern shoreline of the Eyre Peninsula facing the sheltered Spencer Gulf, is paradise rediscovered. Pristine beaches, friendly locals, fresh seafood and, best of all, world-class street art in abundance.
Walking the streets of "Tumby" reads like a who's who of street art royalty: Adnate, Andrew J Bourke, Kitt Bennett, Caratoes (Hong Kong), Elle (USA), CHOQ (France), Jack Fran, LoLo (USA), Insane51 (Greece), Jimmy DVATE, Lisa King, George Rose, Sofles, SMUG, plus local heavy weights Josh Harris and James Pedler.
To top it all off, there is a mega mural by Argentinean artist G. Martin Ron on the outskirts of town at the operational Viterra grain silos. It was that mural that kicked started the Colour Tumby concept.
The festival, which was last held on 6 - 8 March, is a must-attend FREE celebration with much more than street art. Think movies on the foreshore, silent discos, and tapas nights.
Tumby has plenty to offer at other times too. Soak up the surrounds as you wander along 10 kilometres of gentle bay beach or head out on short drives to Coffin Bay (oh, those oysters), Port Lincoln or the Koppio Smithy Museum to name just a few.
The town of 1,200 residents offers everything for an authentic seaside stay, with delicious eateries, supermarket, pharmacy and two foreshore pubs. The town has a motel, villas and apartments. There's also two great van parks - the well-appointed Tumby Bay Caravan Park (a Top park) and the tiny CWA Caravan Park with just four superbly-located powered sites and two units in the centre of town.
Where? As of March 2021 there are almost 30 wonderful murals and one silo art mural in Tumby. Most retail and food businesses have copies of the Colour Tumby map.
Best viewing times: Sunrise for the silo, which is located two kilometres from the town centre at the intersection of the Lincoln Highway and Bratten Road (the main road into town).
Next Festival: March 2022 TBC