The Watering Hole

Thallon Graincorp Silo Mural

Central Southern Queensland

Best Mega Mural

Narrandera Water Tower Mural

In September this year 40 percent of all visitors to this New South Wales’ Riverina town stated that their sole purpose of visiting was to see the 20-metre-high mural. Maybe a little ironically, what each of those tourists found was a collage that showcases all the other reasons to visit Narrandera. The addition of walking paths, interpretive signage, seating and parking spaces, including long bays for RVs, has created a new precinct that boasts panoramic views of the town. The judges remarked that this mural screams "Regional Australia", "Indigenous Culture", "Unique Environment" and "Community” – a beautiful combination.

Artists: Apparition Media

Best External Mural

Looking Glass Fish in the Deep Hue Sea

Head down to Caloundra, here on the Sunshine Coast, and you might wonder why so many people are videoing a street corner. This mural is the answer. What is a stunning mural by George Rose turns into a 3D animation accompanied by music where the fish swim right off the wall in front of your eyes. That is thanks to an app called Eye-Jack created by digital artist, Sutu. It may not surprise you to know that Sutu's artistic flair and high-tech innovation has seen him become the artist of choice for the likes of Marvel, Google and Disney.

Best Utility Art

Sunset Dreaming

This 75-metre-long mural at Sydney’s Manly Beach was a Northern Beaches Council initiative. Painted by local muralist, Inkhunter, it was initially created to beautify the area around a major redevelopment on The Corso in Manly. This street and pedestrian mall links the famous Manly Ferry with the equally famous beach and was created in a manner that allows it to be re-used in the future to draw visitors to various parts of Manly. The judges particularly liked the "Beats and Brushes" pop up tourism events where deck chairs were laid out in front of the mural and a DJ played chill out music whilst the artist painted a nearby section of the mural.

Best Street Art Trail

The PUBLIC Silo Trail

This 1000-kilometre self-drive trail spanning Western Australia’s Wheatbelt and Great Southern regions takes visitors to see six towering silo murals. Created by FORM, a not-for-profit focussed on creative capacity building, the PUBLIC silo trail begins in Northam, 100 kilometres northeast of Perth where Australia’s first ever silo mural was painted. Five of the silo artworks are inland and pay tribute to the tenacious, resourceful farming communities. The sixth is in Albany and showcases the region’s Ruby Seadragon. Judges particularly liked that FORM has created and distributed a cultural tourism toolkit to assist the regional trail towns in promoting their new tourism asset and capitalizing on visitation.

Image artist: Amok Island

Best Business Mural

The Froth Lido Mural

Encasing the outside of the Froth Craft Brewery in Exmouth, on Western Australia’s coast, this mural has quickly become synonymous with the township. Exmouth is the gateway to nearby Ningaloo Marine Park with its coral reefs, colourful fish and migratory whale sharks, and this mural by Sadie James has turned the region’s marine animals into quirky characters that meet and greet visitors.

Best Amusing Street Art

Beach Party

This slightly naughty, totally hilarious mural on a toilet block in the quaint beachside village of Emu Park, on Queensland’s Capricorn Coast, has turned stopping at the loo into a “must do” visitor experience. Painted by Simon McLean for Livingstone Shire Council, “Beach Party” has succeeded in rekindling the community’s love for a bygone era while making holidaymakers chuckle - and we’re pretty sure it will do the same for you.

Best Rural Art

The Watering Hole

This 30-metre-high silo mural that is as inspiring as the community for which it was created, and as memorable as the environment in which it sits. Joel Fergie aka The Zookeeper and Travis Vinson aka DRAPL spent three days immersed in the tiny town of Thallon, in central southern Queensland, to identify what makes this community unique even before they started designing the mural. These were the first silos painted in Queensland and have reinvigorated the once solely agriculture-reliant Thallon. The judges praised the community for creating opportunities through landmark celebrations and ticketed events to leverage the mural’s appeal, resulting in substantial national and state media coverage.

Best Monument or Memorial

Emu Park Centenary of ANZAC Memorial

The multi-artwork memorial is the centrepiece of a precinct that pays tribute to the spirit of ANZAC and all men and women who have served in the defence of our nation. Its beachside position on a small crest in the village of Emu Park is a fitting location that reflects somewhat the escarpment terrain that our fallen heroes faced upon landing at Gallipoli, allowing visitors and residents to have a unique and remarkable experience. This memorial has become the place where visitors are directed as a first priority – and that’s a remarkable transformation for a town historically known as a beach holiday haven.

Best Street Art Festival or Event

Colour Tumby Street Art Festival

Tumby Bay is a quiet seaside town a 600-kilometre drive from Adelaide on the Eyre Peninsula. Once a year for the past three years, Tumby (as the locals call it) more than doubles in size as visitors flood in to enjoy the street art festival. The murals created on those occasions continue to draw visitors throughout the year. And the impact has been substantial. For instance, tourists now spend significantly more on dining than the locals. Judges praised the Tumby Bay Progress Association for the foresight this festival demonstrates, creating a legacy attraction.

Artist: SMUG


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