Yarram - Heesco Town:
Yarram, South Gippsland VIC
2020 Winner: Best Street Art Trail
When COVID hit in early 2020 the small town of Yarram in South Gippsland pulled up its socks, strapped on its thinking cap and turned to street art as a secret weapon. Along the way they created hope, joy, a blaze of colour and an Australian first.
Yarram is the only town in Australia adorned with so many works by the one artist.
That artist is renowned for his silo art and murals – Heesco, and Yarram has adopted the moniker of Heesco Town in honour of this Melbourne-based artist who has transformed the town into Australia’s newest and hottest art destination. At the time these awards were announced there were 17 outdoor murals showcasing different aspects of the town’s history, characters, anecdotes and imagination.
Each mural has a story to tell you, and with abundant visitor information about Heesco Town created by the passionate Yarram locals, you will be able to enjoy a full day exploring, learning and enjoying.
Our judges said, “It is highly commendable that Yarram chose to commission the one muralist to paint all their street art, ensuring that the resulting works would all be high quality and of a uniform style while creating a unique identity for the town”.
Yarram is also the perfect base to explore the South Gippsland region:
Only 12 kms to one of Victoria's oldest seaports, Port Albert, which boasts a marine museum
Just 20 minutes to Welshpool with its iconic 800-metre-long curving Long Jetty
30 kms through the scenic Tarra Valley to the Tarra-Bulga National Park, which is renowned for amazing mountain ash trees and stunning ferns
A scenic drive of just over an hour will deliver you to one of the most unspoilt parts of Australia, Wilsons Promontory, the southern most point on the mainland.
Where? Throughout the town of Yarram, just two and a half hours south east of Melbourne.
Best viewing times: Everytime! There's mural on walls - and inside businesses - so take your time and spend a day or two soaking up the atmosphere of this unique mural town.