As part of our Art trail series, Eugowra to Grenfell was the second stop in our itinerary – a further 50 minutes to the Grenfell Painted Silo by Heesco.
If you are looking for school holiday activities that are fun for the entire family, stimulating visually, as well as budget friendly, then exploring the art and culture on a road trip in the Central West will tick those boxes. There is lots of discover in each of the quaint and heritage towns in the region too, which you can plan as a day trip or plan it as a staycation.
We experienced this recently with a few friends with children aged between 7-14 years which is ideal for this itinerary. All they need is a little imagination and the day will be golden.
To encourage your children to get into the mindfulness of art and culture, talking about colour as a way of seeing through new eyes before you set off is a good way to set the tone for the road trip. A guided imagery engaging all the senses (you could be imaginative and describe any story), ending with a colour glowing in a woman’s palm can be facilitated using chalk pastels or even paint colour charts. A range of 72 colours is ideal so that each person can choose their colour and spends the day looking for their colour as part of their journey.
The distance to Grenfell from Eugowra is approximately 50 minutes by car. Follow the Gooloogong road to take in some of the beautiful scenery and historic buildings to the statute of Henry Lawson in the main street of Grenfell. You can key in ‘Grenfell Painted Silo by Heesco‘ in Google maps to get there or find it with all the region’s other public art on Culture Maps Central NSW.
At Henry Lawson sculpture, you can have some fun and interact with him and take a selfie.
A 15 minute walk will take you to ‘Grenfell Painted Silo by Heesco‘ passing by the sculptures around the Grenfell Railway Station at 36 West Street, Grenfell.
The mural is one of several painted silos in New South Wales. These are immense and you can read up about the artist and kids can try and guess how many spray cans of paint it took to create this art.
In town Taylor Park on Weddin Street opposite the Post Office building is the perfect place to enjoy a picnic. It is leafy with a beautiful play area for kids. There are good bathroom facilities here too.
There a number of food establishments in Main Street offering a variety of different foods.
If you need to cool off, there is the Grenfell Aquatic Centre only a few minutes up the road by car on Forbes and Melyra Streets.
From here you can return back to Orange via Carcoar; see link here or continue on to Dubbo or somewhere within the Central West to explore the art and culture trail. Refer to Culture Maps, Central NSW for more inspiration.