Yelarbon Silo Art
Yelarbon, Southern Queensland Country QLD
2020 Gold Winner: Best Rural Art
The Yelarbon Graincorp Silo Art is one of the largest mega murals in the country. Spread over eight silos, the artwork was completed in two stages and have an interesting design with two large and six small stacks.
The mural titled When the Rain Comes reflects the magnificence of the spinifex landscape in the Goondiwindi region. Painted by The Brightsiders’ Jordache Castillejos and Jordon Bruce, Joel Fergie aka The Zookepper worked on the design which depicts one of Yelarbon’s secret gems. The town lagoon, only a five-minute walk from the silo viewing area, is an oasis surrounded by rushes and shady trees that attracts abundant birdlife. It would be the perfect spot for a young boy to play with a sailing boat he’s fashioned from a old newspaper. And that is exactly what the mural depicts.
Yelarbon, a tiny town with a population of fewer than 400, is 35 kilometres east of the regional centre of Goondiwindi and only 300 kilometres south-west of Brisbane. The area has been battling drought and so the community worked with the Goondiwindi Regional Council to see this project to fruition.
The Yelarbon community manage a low-cost campground with powered and unpowered sites, amenities, camp kitchen, interesting agricultural machinery display and an old lockup with cool murals of Ned Kelly. It is located within the town recreation ground between the lagoon, the silo art and the Oasis Hotel Yelarbon.
The hotel also has a cool recycled metal motorbike sculpture made by the Dayborough Men’s Shed and is home to a fascinating strainer post which marks the end of the original Dingo Barrier Fence, which was the longest fence in the world at the time it was constructed, stretching for 8,320 kilometres.
Where? On the Cunningham Highway that runs through Yelarbon - you can not miss it! A viewing area immediately across the road with good interpretive information. Be aware, the entrance is tight for larger RVs, but there is plenty of raodside parking.
Best viewing times: This mural faces south-east with the highway taking a major bend immediately in front of it, which makes morning shots a delight. You get some glorious late afternoon shots when the sun is setting too. Midday photography is challenging as you will be facing into the sun.