Explore the free public art trail in a charming country town
Stanthorpe is the beating heart of Southern Queensland's Granite Belt. It is also attracting a lot of artistic people and the town celebrates this with its growing collection of street murals and sculptors which make a walk through this little town well worth it.
One of the reasons to visit Stanthorpe is the street art walking trail
Country towns need to attract visitors and while there are plenty of places to eat in most towns, a few places to shop, and some historic buildings, most people are attracted to the natural locations outside of town. Public murals have often been a part of country towns, but recently, some towns, like Stanthorpe, have added a lot more murals, sculptors and other art in public spaces to attract visitors and keep them in town.
Get close to both the art and the heart of country towns with murals and street art
These artworks often employ locally based artists and might depict famous people, both contemporary and historic, as well as history, culture or just the whimsy of the artist. They also provide something interesting to do and Instagrammable to photograph when visiting town. Don't forget to stop in local shops and eat at local cafes and restaurants while you are there.
Highlights of Stanthorpe's Art Trail
A walk like this could start anywhere but the official place to start is at the Stanthorpe Library and Regional Art Gallery building located in Weeroona Park. Not only is the art gallery well worth visiting in its own right, but the park also has a few artworks as well.
Weeroona Park in Stanthorpe is a great place to start the art walk, with sculptors in the park and the regional art gallery as well
Towns like Stanthorpe are proud of their history and murals depict both history and the people who were part of that history. One mural of note is a painting of Angelo Valiante, who was one of the first Italian migrants to move into the area.
Angelo Valiante was one of the first Italians to settle in the Stanthorpe area
Stanthorpe and the Granite Belt is a thriving area but there are struggles and these struggles bring out the best in the locals. Whatever the weather, we stand together depicts 3 local heroes from the 2019 bushfires but symbolises the spirit of the town and region.
While this mural depicts 3 local heroes, but it pays tribute to the spirit of working together during adversity for the whole town and region
Of course, while wandering around town, you might combine it with Stanthorpe's history walking trail. This makes sense, as the street art walking trail will take you past a number of the historic buildings.
Check out some of the historic buildings in Stanthorpe while viewing the street art
Stanthorpe should be seen as more than a stop on the way to somewhere else. With street art, the creek walk, history, shopping and dining, you could spend much of a lazy day in town. Even if you are not stopping for long, a walk around the streets looking at street art is well worth it.
The author visited Stanthorpe as a guest of Southern Queensland Country Tourism.