Itinerary – 10 Day Central West NSW Silo Art Tour 2023

Key:

B Breakfast Provided
L Lunch Provided
D Dinner Provided

We invite you to join us on our holiday of the Central West NSW encompassing the Silo Art trail. Come journey with us through the countryside, visiting some rural villages you may never heard of and take in the very unique and creative silo artworks, giving a glimpse into each town’s history from each painting.

Day 1 Friday 20th October 2023                  D
Muswellbrook ~ Gunnedah

Today we travel North through Tamworth on our way to Barraba to inspect their stunning Silo Art. The Silo art trail has been an economic boom for these small rural towns, inviting guests like ourselves to come into town to support local businesses and have a bite to eat, supporting cafes and boutiques. Afternoon travel will see us into Gunnedah for our overnight rest.
Accom: Harvest Lodge, Gunnedah (Ph) 02 68 290 542

Day 2 Saturday 21st October 2023                  BD
Gunnedah ~ Lightning Ridge

This morning we continue on the Silo art trail and view Gunnedah’s Silo art display before continuing further North through Narrabri and Walget and into the Opal City of Lightning Ridge, Where we will be calling home for the next 3 nights. Accom: Wallangulla Motel Lightning Ridge (Ph) 02 68 290 542

Day 3 Sunday 22nd October 2023                    BD
Lightning Ridge local sights

Today’s agenda sees us visiting the most popular sights in town. Throughout the day we will visit the exquisite Chambers of the Black Hand and also relish in the opportunity to explore through Amigos Castle. The Castle was constructed by Stefanato, known locally as Amigo. Disenchanted with opal mining, he commenced building his castle from ironstone boulders he collected in the area. The castle became the subject of a legal battle as Amigo was building it illegally on his mining claim. Amigo threatened to bulldoze the castle and it was hastily heritage listed to secure it as the tourist attraction it is today. Don’t be worried when we see the signs on the way in!!

Day 4 Monday 23rd October 2023                 BD
Lightning Ridge ~ Grawin

Today begins with a tour beyond the town boundaries to the nearby town of Grawin and Glengarry. Enjoy a beverage at ‘The Hilton’ before heading out to the ‘Club in the Scrub’ for our lunchtime opportunity. Heading back into The Ridge, we make our way to the Cactus nursery. This afternoon enjoy a tour through the walk in mine and then at your leisure, perhaps some shopping at the local art galleries or opal shops or maybe just go for a stroll to take in this seductive area.

Day 5 Tuedsay 24th October 2023        BD
Lightning Ridge ~ Brewarrina ~ Bourke

Departing Lightning Ridge today we journey South through Walgett situated near the junctions of the Barwon and Namoi Rivers. Continuing our journey further West we pass through Brewarrina and check out their silo artwork as we then continue to make our way to the Back o’ Bourke! Enjoy a visit through the back O’Bourke centre before checking into our overnight accommodation at Darling River Motel, Bourke (Ph) 02 68 722 288

Day 6 Wednesday 25th October 2023          BD
Bourke ~ Cobar

Enjoy the morning with a step back in time as we paddle steam cruise along the Darling River and learn about the region’s rich river boat history. As we bid farewell to Bourke we make our way South to the gold mining town of Cobar, enjoy an afternoon at your leisure taking in the town for this is our overnight stopover. Accom: Town and Country Motor Inn (Ph) 02 6836 1244

Day 7 Thursday 26th October 2023        BD
Cobar ~ Lake Cargelligo ~ Griffith

As we depart Cobar we will make a quick stop at the viewing platform of the open cut gold mine on the outskirts of town. Today’s travel sees us continuing South along the Kidman Way before detouring into ‘the seaside town’ of Lake Cargelligo. Enjoy some time exploring before we make our way down to Griffith. Griffith is in the heart of the Riverina region, famous for its wineries, great food and beautiful surrounding countryside. This our overnight stopover at the Econo Lodge Griffith Motor Inn (Ph) 02 69 621800.

Day 8 Friday 27th October 2023      BD
Griffith ~ Weethalle ~ West Wyalong

This morning we enjoy in Griffith exploring some of the local produce our Riverina has on offer. After lunch we are back on the road journeying past the small country town of Weethalle. Weethalle has a magnificent silo mural with its shearer, grain farmer and small flock of sheep perched high on a balcony keeping a watchful eye over the land. This large-scale mural is a tribute to the rich agricultural heritage of the of Weethalle and the surrounding communities. Today’s destination is West Wyalong, where we are staying for the night at the Colonial Motor Inn (Ph) 02 69722 611

Day 9 Saturday 28th October 2023           BD
West Wyalong ~ Bathurst

Today finds us travelling East as we almost finish our Central West loop! Making a stop at Grenfell we enjoy yet another silo art dedicated to Australian farming. Further travel today finds us in Cowra, home of Australia’s World Peace Bell. The bell was made from melted down coins donated by 106 members of countries of the United Nations. You can take the time before lunch to read the interpretive signage and even ring the bell itself. This afternoon sees us into Bathurst, a town rich with history often being referred to as the Gold Country as it was the site of the first gold discovery and where the first gold rush occurred in Australia. This is where we call home for the night at the Panorama Bathurst (Ph) 02 6331 2666

Day 10 Sunday 29th October 2023        B
Bathurst ~ Home

Today is the final day of our Outback NSW tour. Inspect the Portland Silos before continuing through Mudgee and onto Merriwa for their Silo Art celebrating the ‘festival of the fleeces’ before arriving back home.