The Watering Hole:
Thallon Graincorp Silo Mural
2019 Winner: Best of the Best
2019 Winner: Best Rural Art
A four-stack operational grain silo facility painted in 2017 by Joel Fergie AKA The Zookeeper and Travis Vinson AKA DRAPL for the Thallon Progress Association. The design is a montage of three photographs taken by local photographers, depicts the iconic Moonie River, the area’s wildlife, agriculture and indigenous heritage, all set against a stunning Western Queensland Sunset.
Thallon, 550 kilometres west of Brisbane and 40 kilometres north of the New South Wales border, is a tiny town that once survived on agriculture alone. After years of drought and struggle, the Progress Association started looking for alternate options to agriculture. The Watering Hole was the first silo mural in Queensland and remains the only one at an operational Graincorp facility.
The RV Friendly community operate a campground that includes nine low-cost powered plus plenty of free non-powered sites. The campground is located directly in front of the silos with direct access to the viewing area and also boasts toilets, showers, a wheelchair accessible pathway and shade.
Want a powered site? Pay at Thallon's fabulous Francis Hotel, which is the town's only surviving business and acts as the Post Office and general store. The pub also has a great array of silo merchandise, greats meals, silo mural-branded wine and icy cold beer!
The silos are not the only public art in Thallon, with other projects having been completed since the silo murals were completed. Our tip: Make sure you don not miss:
* William the Wombat - this tiny town's very own Big Thing, this giant Northern Hairy Nosed Wombat functional sculpture (you can climb him too!) celebrates Thallon's connection to the critically-endangered marsupial.
* Water tank murals at the pub.
* A special mural on the edge of town accessible when safe - ask at the pub.
Where? Access to both the silo viewing area and the community campground is off William Street, behind the school.
Best viewing times: Sunrise all year round, when the pinks become vibrant, and sunset in summer when the sun shines through the middle of the silos from behind.