Painted Silo’s Tour-2019

OCTOBER 2019 “PAINTED SILO” ADVENTURE

10 Club / classic cars and 1 caravan headed off the Peninsula on a pleasant day to meet up on the Western Hwy for the start of our 4 day adventure to view the Painted Silos in the western Districts. There was a buzz of excitement as we all joined up and made our way to Beaufort for lunch. It was then onto Stawell and our first night stop over. Dinner was taken at the “Gift Hotel” and then off to bed for the big day of Silo spotting.

Off the next morning with our first stop at Rupanyup and the sighting of the Silos along side the dis-used railway line and station. The next stop was only 5 minutes away at the “Woods Farming & Heritage” museum where morning tea was taken and an interesting talk was given on the local crops in the area. After approximately 1 & ½ hours we set off to Sheep Hills Silos for more photos and then onto Warracknabeal to book into our motel and have a bite to eat for lunch. From there we had a run upto Lascelles to view the 2 silos along side the railway. By this time the north wind had made an impact on the temperature, which was hovering around the 34º C mark and quite dusty, so we moved off back toward Warracknabeal to stop in at the Roseberry and Brim Silos before hitting the motel and a cool drink. Dinner was at the “Creek Side Hotel” where we sat outside and enjoyed a great meal and good company.

The next day we set off to Donald to have morning tea and biscuits at the well known “Kookas Country Cookies” manufacturing facility. Although we were not able to view the manufacturing process, Kerry the Manager, gave us a very informative talk on how the company started and their plans for the future. After buying up big we then set off to Wedderburn for lunch and a tour through the “Coach House Gallery & Museum” which was like stepping back some 60 + years, the mind was recalling old child hood memories of broken biscuits and other goodies. From there it was a relatively short run into Bendigo to our overnight accommodation. The weather was still hot 35º C and dusty, but the rooms were great and the pool was cool, just ask the active ones!

Dinner was taken at the “Foundry Hotel” across the road, after which we adjourned back to the motel where we were given the use of the breakfast room to enjoy a game of Trivial Pursuit, to much laughter and heckling amongst the competitors. After a series of play off questions, it was declared a draw between Colin Jordan and Colin Pitcher, well done guys.

The next morning we arose to the sound of rain which persisted all of the way home to the Peninsula, and a quick check around everybody arrived home safe and sound at their own pace. I would like to thank all the members who participated and made the event most memorable, and in particular Allan, Christine and Leonie who helped conceive and plan this event.

Brian Evans

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