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Graffiti on Sisters Rocks

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Published July 18th 2018
Rural and urban collide at spray painted boulders
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The centrepiece poses the question of how anyone possibly got up so high

Five kilometres out of Stawell, there's an easy to miss turn off that leads to a hidden collection of large boulders, scattered and stacked on top of each other. Some are perhaps five metres tall, with the largest stack peaking at around eight metres.

You quickly forget how weird their location and positioning is because they are covered in graffiti, both amateur and skilled. Some of the graffiti is new, in bold colours and clear lines, whereas other tags are faded. Predominantly, the graffiti consists in tags, names and abbreviations. Nearly the entire surface area of granite, including that outside of reachable distance, is covered in graffiti.

They are technically called Sisters Rocks after a group of sisters that camped at the site during the gold boom, but the graffiti changes any tranquillity that name implies. Instead, the combination of a strange natural phenomenon with urban street art makes for a sense of shock, or perhaps of discovery.

You can wander between the rocks, or climb up onto them, to explore the full range of graffiti.

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A typical narrow pathway between the boulders

The rocks cannot be enjoyed as they once were, in the distant past - as a pristine and unique geological formation. Instead, they are an oddity, blending unfamiliar elements together.

The unsealed road is not well maintained, which adds to the apocalyptic feel. Mind your car going over it; it is mound-like with deep channels, seemingly caused by running water during heavy rains.

The rocks are worth checking out if you are in the area, and will provide a change of scenery from the normal Grampians attractions.
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Why? Unusual mix of urban and rural
Where: Stawell
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