Everyone's heard of the painted silos dotted across Australia but did you know there are painted water towers included in this national art trail? The stunning Three Moon Silo and not one, but two painted water tanks, located in the Queensland country town of Monto, feature in the national silo art trail. Monto has also created its own local art trail and it's well worth a look.
Monto Water Tower Art. Photo courtesy of Discover Queensland Website.
If you read my article about the country town charm of Monto
, you'll know it has one of only three painted silos located in Queensland. The size and colour of Monto's Three Moon Silo and the water tanks are a must-see. The silo is on the Burnett Highway as you approach town. The tall water tower is located on the corner of Bell and Huxley Streets and the enormous water tank is on Burke Street.
Monto Three Moon Silo Art. Photo Courtesy of Australian Silo Art Website
You can find all the details of where to see these amazing artworks on the Australian Silo Art Trail website or the Monto Magic Tourism website, which has its own art trail map. In addition to the painted silo and water towers, Monto's art trail has massive murals, sculptures and artworks throughout the town.
There are plenty of photo opportunities. My favourite would have to be the enormous mural of a cow located in a laneway off the main street. It stands as a tribute to the region's dairy farming history. The laneway has seating and a community garden area and is used for town gatherings with lights festooned between the buildings.
Monto's Murals in the Laneway are a Tribute to Dairy Farming History. Author's Own Photo.
Monto has produced a number of recognised artists over the years and the tradition continues with local artists such as Helen May producing stunning works using nearby Cania Gorge as inspiration. You can enquire about and see some of Helen May's artwork at Harvest and Co Collective in Monto or House of Frames in Rockhampton. Make sure you check out Helen's Facebook and Instagram pages too.
Artwork by Helen May from Monto. Photo Courtesy of Helen May Facebook Page
When you're working your way through the art trail, you'll need to stop for refreshments. Make sure to stop in at one of the pubs or cafes and don't forget to check out the handmade and locally grown goodies at Harvest and Co Collective. There is so much to see and do in Monto and surrounding district. It's a top destination for your Queensland country road trip.