Australia, The Silo Trail, Northam, Merredin, Katanning, Pingrup, Newdegate, Ravensthorpe and Albany, 17 – 20 March 2021

My new car arrived on 16 March, I had to drive 1,500 km and get the first service done so I decided to follow the Silo Trail. This is in the Wheatbelt area of Western Australia. CBH the grain company provided the funds to bring artists from all over the world to paint these huge grain silos.

“Wheat is the major grain crop produced in Western Australia making up 65% of annual grain production and generating A$2-3 billion for the State each year. Wheat production occurs across the WA wheatbelt on 4200 mostly family-run farms ranging in size from 1000-15 000 hectares. WA generates about 50% of Australia’s total wheat production with more than 95% of this exported predominantly to Asia and the Middle East. WA produces white grained wheat varieties that generate high flour milling yield and a bright white flour that is suitable for a range of products.”

Before I got going I fitted Falken All Terrain tyres, the standard tyres get punctured very easily on gravel roads, everything else was standard.

Total trip distance 1,641 km and 4 days.

Silo Trail

First stop was Northam, it has the biggest Silos. I thought I could drive down a gravel road I saw on the map to the top of a hill for photos but it turned out to be the road to the tip. And I got told off on the way back out because I should have stopped and checked in hahaha.

From Northam I drove to Merredin and then on to Katanning with a 15 minute stop at Totadgin Park.

Northam-1

Northam Silos

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Northam Silos

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Northam Silos

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Northam Silos

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Northam Silos

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Unpainted Silos, on the road

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Merredin Silos

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Merredin Silos

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Merredin Silos

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Solar Panels

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Totadgin Park

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Totadgin Park

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No, I did not go on the walk, too hot

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Clean

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Wheat fields

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Long and Straight roads

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Bruce Rock

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Old Wagon

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School Bus Stop

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Single Lane road

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Wheat Silo

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I checked into the Caravan Park in Katanning for 2 nights. This is a shakedown run to prove all my gear works and make a list of things to do. Katanning does not have any Silos but it does have Street Art.

Camp

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From Katanning I drove to Pingrup, a very small town with small silos. Next stop was Newdegate where there was a train unloading grain, next Ravensthorpe where both sides of the silos were painted. After that a long drive to Albany along Highway 1 that became a little exciting towards the end. I knew I could make the distance from Katanning to Albany on a tankful of fuel but 80km out of Albany the road was closed and there was a long detour. Luckily I found a General Store/Cafe that also served Diesel and filled up with 3.64 litres left in the tank hahaha, lesson learned, fill up when you can in the bush.

Albany is a port and quite a big town with a population of 34,000. I spent the night there and drove back to Perth the following day.

Albany-1

Heading out

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Pingrup Silos

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Pingrup Silos

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Newdegate Silos

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Newdegate Silos

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The train is moving and unloading grain

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Newdegate

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Newdegate

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Lake King

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Ravensthorpe Silos

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The Artist

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Ravensthorpe Silos

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The Other Side

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Albany, Ruby Seadragon

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Albany, Ruby Seadragon

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Albany

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Albany

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Albany

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Albany

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The Old Town

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The White Hotel

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The View

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1 Response to Australia, The Silo Trail, Northam, Merredin, Katanning, Pingrup, Newdegate, Ravensthorpe and Albany, 17 – 20 March 2021

  1. karenbender@sympatico.ca says:

    Hi Chris Fantastic Silos. Beautiful painting! Covid is still bad here but things are opening in the third wave. Keep well. Karen

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