Just a two-hour drive north of Melbourne is the small township of Colbinabbin and its silo art. Painted by renowned artist Tim Bowtell, the outstanding artwork across six silos gives an account of the history of this once-bustling village settlement.
In the late 19th century, farmers picnic on Mount Camel was a favourite among the German settlers. Large crowds came by various means including horse and gig, steam train and even bicycles. Families were dressed in the best clothes they had. A portable dance floor, merry-go-round, sideshows and games kept attendees entertained while the many food stalls catered for hungry tummies. Money raised went to local hospitals and building projects.
Completed in 1913, the railway was significant in the transportation of produce and livestock to Melbourne. This present site of the silos is where the railway line was extended and the town's train station was built. If you look closely, you'll notice a wedge-tail eagle soaring above the train. Down below, native billy buttons can be seen flowering alongside the railway line.
Besides the train, 'LuLu' the fire truck has also made an appearance on the silos. The 1947 Austin Tanker LU 600 first went into service at Colbinabbin. Here, it is parked on the bank of the Waranga Western Main Channel which supplies irrigation to the district's farmland.
Last but not least, tractor pulling events were held in town for six years from 1982. During the event, each tractor had to pull a sled of up to 22 tonnes with an additional 7-tonne weight box. Spectators overran the recreation reserve and country music artists, skydivers and plane flights provided them with much-appreciated entertainment.