Way out West, the Golden West: Wimmera Silos

Four or five hours drive west of Melbourne, on the margins where wheat country merges into desert, many small towns that once flourished teeter on the edge of survival.

Wheat silos are the dominant human sign of continuity in the landscape. Their transformation into works of art may enhance their longevity. I wonder whether Michelangelo might have flourished in this environment.

Brim grain silos


This is my contribution to

A-Z Guidebook Badge

this month beginning with the letter ‘W’.

I have written a little more about the Wimmera here.



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I like to travel while having a base from which to roam. Home is a small farm on the outskirts of Melbourne, Australia, where I grow organic vegetables and fruit, keep a few chooks (chickens) and Dexter cattle. The place offers some country peace and quiet, and wildlife, as well as quick access to the inner suburbs of the city for my regular contrasting visits. I enjoy walking, camping, swimming and snorkelling, photography, reading, listening to and playing music, and good food and wine. A major flaw in my character is being susceptible to sales of air flights.

7 thoughts on “Way out West, the Golden West: Wimmera Silos”

  1. Wow – I just love these silos. What I would consider to be ‘in the middle of nowhere’ and there they are. A fabulous addition to the landscape. Someone in that shire has some great forethought. (Your linked to the original post – record in tact!).


      1. Maybe the next time we drive to the Barossa, we can spend some time looking at them. I think we did see one on our drive through a couple of years ago but we were on a tight schedule. A tight schedule I hope to never repeat ; )


  2. The silos in the photo are located at Brim, just north of Warracknabeal. There is apparently a driving circuit with other painted silos in the area. Don’t be too distracted from the Barossa, however.


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