Benalla’s Wall to Wall Street Art

street art mural creation at Benalla during the Wall to Wall festival

The “Wall to Wall” festival is transforming Benalla.

Now in it’s fourth year, Wall to Wall is a street art festival held over the Labour Day long weekend.  Many talented artists come to Benalla to create murals on public spaces around the central-north Victorian town.  The art work may cover ugly graffiti, or bare walls, but according to their website, the Wall to Wall festival has brought “...a breath of fresh air, and a new coat of new paint to the already colourful town“.

Another street art mural being created at Benalla during the Wall to Wall festival

I saw so much street art in just 90 minutes

Spending less than two hours in Benalla to take in the Wall to Wall festival, and have dinner, I couldn’t count how many separate murals I  stopped to admire and photograph.  Many of the street art works were still being created, with the artists happy to say “hello” or have a quick chat.

I’ve previously only visited the industrial areas of Benalla for work, or bypassed it completely on the Hume Freeway, but it’s now on my “go-to” list of regional towns.  I certainly plan to re-visit Benalla to see the growth of street art and explore the rest of the town, camera in hand, to see what else I can find.

a photo realistic mural at Benalla during the Wall to Wall festival

Check out this page in the Vic Pics Gallery for all the street art photos I was able to take in my short stop at the Wall to Wall festival, and keep an eye out for more photography from Benalla coming soon.

Night Time Silo Art (Sheep Hills)

I first visited the Silo Art murals at Sheep Hills in February 2017, and again earlier this year as part of the Silo Art Trail.  As the Sheep Hills mural features star trails painted onto the silos, I thought I’d head there over night to attempt to capture those silos in my own star trail photo.

Unfortunately, neither of the two long exposure star trail shots I set up at Sheep Hills worked out, but I did manage to get some regular shots while I was there.  At first the only lighting was from my headlights, and the stars.  Once the moon had risen, however, there was just enough light to capture the silos with a background of twinkling stars.

Silo Art murals under the stars at Sheep Hills

For more photos of the Sheep Hills silo art murals, check out this page – – in the Vic Pics Gallery.  The night time shots are towards the end.

Last Steam Train at Wycheproof

Yes, it’s been some time since the last post here at Vic Pics, but we are still here!

Now that the footy seasons have finished, there’s more weekend time to get out and about photographing Victoria.  Let’s kick off with something historic…

Wycheproof is a unique town, because the railway line runs along the medium strip of the main street.  You may recall I wrote about the Wycheproof railway in January, and that the line is used mostly during harvest season for grain trains.

To better utilise regional railways, the authorities have decided this line will be changed from Broad Gauge to Standard Gauge.  Once the track change has been completed, Broad Guage rolling stock and historic tourist steam locomotives wont be able to visit the area.

Last weekend Steamrail Victoria sent the last ever Broad Gauge steam train to Wycheproof.  This historic train visit was met by a big turn out of locals and tourists to see the recently restored A2-986 steam locomotive rumble down the main street.

Check out this Gallery for more photos…

Rupanyup Silo Art

Rupanyup silo art

There’s a growing trend attracting tourists to the western districts of regional Victoria.  I’ve featured silo art murals in this blog previously from Brim, Ship Hills and Patchewollock, now there’s a new silo art mural at Rupanyup.

These old grain silos are much smaller than the other sites, but the art work in the latest murals are no less remarkable. The paintings, by Russian artist Julia Volchkova, are of two young local sports people.  What an honour it must be for the families of those kids immortalised in the murals, which are drawing tourists into Rupanyup.

By the end of 2017, there will be two more silo art murals unveiled (at Lascelles and Rosebery) to complete the tourist silo art trail.  What a great weekend road trip that will be for anyone who loves to get out and see the country.

One Tree Hill lookout, Ararat

If you’re travelling along the Western Highway (the main route between Melbourne and Adelaide) through Ararat, keep an eye out for the “Lookout” sign that will direct you to One Tree Hill.  Sometimes these lookout detours are a waste of time, but often they can give you an amazing perspective of the country side that you would never see from the main highway.

My son and I were driving to Adelaide and had stopped for breakfast in Ararat.  On the way out of town we saw the “Lookout” sign and I was really happy with what we found at the top of One Tree Hill.  Under a clear sky and bright Sun we could see the low lying misty fog that we had just driven through.  In fact we had an almost 360 degree view of the Wimmera and Western District landscape.

Generally you shouldn’t photograph directly into the sun, but rules are meant to be broken.  In this case the Sun highlighted the fog below and gave our view some perspective.  Check out the gallery from One Tree Hill for more shots from this great lookout.

Sun on the left from One Tree Hill, Ararat
Morning view from One Tree Hill, Ararat

The early morning view from One Tree Hill


Driving north along the Henty Highway it was the Beulah Railway Station that first caught my eye in the small Mallee town.  I wasn’t going to stop, but the old station was looking photogenic in the early afternoon sun.  After turning around and finding my way to the tracks, I realised something was wrong.  Completely surrounding the building was a yellow warning ribbon with the repeated message “CAUTION ASBESTOS”.

Beulah Station is overgrown with long grass, and there are weeds growing from the platform beside a deserted shopping cart.  The type of trolley often used by the elderly to take their groceries home, the shopping cart is just sitting in the middle of the platform, waiting for a train that will never come.

Deserted shopping cart on the platform of the closed Beulah Railway Station

Deserted shopping cart on the platform of the closed Beulah Railway Station

CLOSED: Beulah Railway Station

CLOSED: Beulah Railway Station 

Take a seat, breathe in the country air (and Asbestos)

Take a seat, breathe in the country air (and Asbestos)

Heading into town, it’s sad to see the closed shops of Beulah, but the old Town Hall and Post Office have been well maintained and look grerat!

Beulah Memorial Hall and Library

Beulah Memorial Hall and Library

The old Beulah Post Office

The old Beulah Post Office

Browse more photos from Beulah in the galleries at