Is there any better way to unwind and spend time with family and friends than taking a caravan or camping trip through the varied and vast landscapes of Australia? Now a new road trip beckons through the Wimmera Mallee – filled with sights and experiences found nowhere else in the country, it’s a chance to slow down, reconnect and unearth something truly special.
Let the Silo Art Trail guide your way, but you’ll also want to set aside extra time to fit in impromptu turn-offs and stops along the way. With natural wonders like these, no two adventures are alike.
Here are a few must-sees to fit in along the way:
Goroke Silo Art
The Silo Art Trail offers Australia’s largest outdoor gallery and Goroke is the latest addition, completed at the end of 2020. The word ‘Goroke’ is the local Aboriginal word for magpie and is also a fitting name for the epic mural. Painter Geoffrey Carran took inspiration from the native birdlife in the Wimmera Mallee region when creating this silo art piece. You won’t believe the sheer scale of his artwork — the magpie and kookaburra are over ten metres high!
Where: 30 Railway Street, Goroke, Victoria
Connecting with your natural surroundings is particularly special in the stunning Wimmera Mallee, and a visit to Bailey’s Rocks is well worth adding to your to-do list. This collection of ancient green granite boulders is thought to have formed over 500 million years ago!
Pack a picnic and follow one of the walking tracks through the rolling hills of Dergholm State Park for a tranquil day of exploration and unearth something unlike anything else in the world.
Where: Dergholm State Park, Dergholm, Victoria
Newlands Nature Walk
Immerse yourself in the magic of Apsley’s Newlands Nature Walk. Meander through the beautiful red gums, admire the unspoilt natural bushland and be at one with the abundance of native wildlife.
An easy all-weather track, this stunning wetlands walk connects the historic township with Newlands Lake. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the rare Red Tail Black Cockatoo which is local to the area.
Where: Newlands Nature Walk, Apsley, Victoria
Covering around 40 hectares, you can’t go past Lake Charlegrark for water-skiing, canoeing, swimming, nature walks and more. Or simply enjoy a chance to put your feet up and relax by the lake.
Whether you visit for a day or stay a while and camp, Lake Charlegrark is one of those spots that will have you wanting to return again and again. It offers a comfortable stay with the whole family, with great facilities for caravans, camper trailers, tents, as well as a choice of cabins.
Be sure to pack your fishing rod and try your luck fishing on the lake, which is populated by plenty of Murray Cod and Redfin — perfect to enjoy as a lakeside lunch with picturesque views.
Where: Lake Charlegrark, Victoria
Ready to create your own Wimmera Mallee adventure?
Out this way, there’s more than you expect – always more to see and more to do. After a fun filled day exploring the area, you’re rewarded with the most spectacular starry night sky and the chance to cosy up by the fire.
Whether you’re a camper or a caravanner (or opt for a comfy cabin stay), the region has plenty of caravan parks with facilities to suit the needs of every family. Powered or unpowered sites are available across a variety of locations, each with a unique backdrop to delight the senses throughout your trip.
Start planning your road trip through the Wimmera Mallee and get ready to unearth the most amazing experiences in Victoria’s wild west.
*NOTE: With current COVID-19 measures, it’s important to plan ahead and contact the business you would like to visit to ensure they are open and you adhere to their guidelines. Here is a quick checklist to start your planning.
Written by Wimmera Mallee Tourism on 24 May, 2021