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Road Trip – On The Art Trail From Eugowra To Grenfell

Road Trip Part two – Art and Culture itinerary

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.

There are few items you can prepare and pack to make the journey even more engaging.

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.

Arrive in Grenfell

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.

Activity:

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.

Food and Drink stop

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.

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Broken Hill Road Trip

2020 has changed everything including our travel plans. Like many families from Sydney and the Central West, Broken Hill has become a popular destination. Our stay in Broken Hill was part of a 10-day road trip around NSW that included Orange, Dubbo, Griffith and Parkes.

Broken Hill is approximately 9 hours from Orange in the Central West, and 13 hours from Sydney by car.

How long to stay?

We travelled to Broken Hill with our four kids in early October. Our initial plan was to stay for 2 nights but after speaking to friends we decided to change our plans and stay an additional night. There is so much to do and see around Broken Hill, that a 3-night stay is the minimum.

Plan ahead and book as much as you can

You will need to book your accommodation well in advance. With interstate travel restrictions, regional holidays are proving very popular. We booked 90% of all accommodation, restaurants and activities where we could. We even booked dinner at a local pub for our overnight stay at Cobar and we are glad we did! If you don’t book, you will at the least be disappointed and the worst spending the night in the car!

Accommodation

For large families with 4 kids, there are not a lot of options. We stayed in a three-bedroom apartment at the Red Earth Motel. The motel is well located, modern and very clean. Highly recommended.

Food

There is some great food in Broken Hill. Visit Silly Goat for breakfast, brunch and lunch. You can only book one week in advance. The staff had inner-city Sydney attitude – which was a little amusing – but the food and coffee is worth the visit. They also do take away coffee. The Broken Hill Pub (BHP) has had a recent renovation and is the pick of the dinner venues. Their COVID Marshalls take their job very seriously. We also ate at The Astra and had a great night with more personal service. The Palace was disappointing. It is an iconic destination, but the food was average. Pop in around lunchtime to check out the décor, wall and ceiling artwork and take some photos etc, but give dinner a miss.

Day Trip to Silverton

Allow a day to go to Silverton. There is a lot to see. A visit to Daydream mine is highly recommended. The mine tour provides an eye-opening insight into the brutality of life working underground. If you are not able to book in advance, you will need to get there early to avoid a long wait. If you get claustrophobia, give it a miss as the tour does go underground into tight spaces.

Silverton is home to the iconic Silverton Hotel and the walls are lined with photos from movie sets. You can also visit the Mad Max Museum and a number of galleries. If you like photography and/or gardening visit the Silverton Gallery & Garden. Helen loves a chat.

Finish your trip with a short drive to the Mundi Mundi lookout.

Take in the view

There are a number of fantastic locations to take in a panoramic view with Broken Hill enjoying amazing sunrises and sunsets.

Head up to the Line of Lode Lookout and Miners Memorial to take in the view over the city. The memorial is dedicated to the 800+ miners who lost their lives working in the Broken Hill mines. The Broken Earth Café at the same location serves basic food. It should be a premium food location, but isn’t.

The Living Desert and Sculptures is a must see. Enter the reserve about an hour before sunset, view the 12 sculptures and find a spot to enjoy the view. Take a warm jacket as it can get cold in the evening. There is a $6 entry fee per person to enter the Living Desert State Park. No bathroom facilities are here.

If you plan a day trip to Silverton, head to the Mundi Mundi plains lookout for a spectacular view.

Art Galleries

Broken Hill is an inspiring place for creatives – photographers, filmmakers, painters, print makers, sculptures etc. I think it is a combination of the harsh beauty of the outback, larger than life personalities and the light. The Regional Art Gallery next to the BHP is definitely worth a visit. Entry is free but you will need to book. The Gallery has permanent works as well as short-term exhibitions. The Pro Hart Gallery is also worthwhile.

Other attractions

The Bruce Langford Visitors’ Centre is located in a working Royal Flying Doctor base. Tours provide a unique insight into life in remote areas of Australia. Pre-booking is required for groups of 10+. We really enjoyed the tour.

If you love a retro milkshake, Bell’s Milk Bar is not far from the Royal Flying Doctor base.

 

Driving Conditions

With four kids, we drove to Broken Hill in a Kia Carnival. Most of the roads around Broken Hill are fine and a drive out to Silverton is also no problem. You definitely want to be careful driving at sunset and at night. Slow down and watch out for roos. If you are planning a trip to a more remote area, the information centre can advise on road conditions. If you do not have a 4WD this is strongly recommended.

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Family Road Tripping Tips

The beauty of a good ol’ family road trip is a budget wise option that gives you the flexibility and freedom to head to your destination at your own pace. Staying safe and enjoying your journey are the main takeaways here.

There are so many places to explore and see in the Central West and beyond, although do you dread it weeks out from the date you leave or do you embrace it? Family road trips can be a great bonding experience without it being an experience like National Lampoon’s Vacation. Rushing a trip is usually a recipe for disaster and not entirely safe either. The best outcome is to stay chill, and stop and smell the roses so to speak.

Here’s what some of our local Mums have to say about enjoying your travel (not just surviving it), when planning your holiday. Every family is different, so you need to devise a plan that best suits your individual needs although safety on the road is the number one priority.

1. Leave Early

Most families agree that getting some kilometres in under your belt before children wake up is a wise decision.  However, disturbing your sleep rhythms by setting of at 3-4am can be dangerous and could go either way depending on what age your children are so these takes delicate execution. For example; lifting them out of the beds into the car just before you set off with that vibration of the car humming already.  Place them carefully in their seat and ensure they are buckled up with the comfort of their pillows, a throw or blanket over them. Remember to leave them in their pyjamas and pack a change of clothes for the first stop.

2. Research your break stops

Park stops are great for kids of all ages to stretch their legs, have a play and snack when on the road. It’s good to have a plan about when and where you will stop. Packing a football is a great tip too! Taking regular breaks every 2-3 hours works quite well for both the driver and children and is much safer. Always check that everyone is buckled up before leaving each break stop.

3. Snacks

Preparing an individual snack/meal box for the car is helpful so that kids can manage that on their own and you avoid a stiff neck! A good variety helps pass the time although healthier ones are best, as any parents knows sugar highs in a confined space is not a good combination! Water to hydrate is the best choice here as try to avoid sugary juices and soft drinks (you could always use these as a bargaining chip towards the end if you feel things are going south). Bringing a couple of sick bags are not a bad idea either.

4. Entertainment

Planning some games that can be enjoyed by the family make sense. If you can play games that involve everyone enjoying the scenery then it’s a Win-Win! Suggestions are; I spy, would you rather? game, animal or vegetable, spotting A to Z number plates, age-appropriate lists of things to find along the way; like black and white cow, five silos in a row, a red mailbox etc can really break up the journey and lessen that monotonous question from the kids of “Are we there yet?”. Technology can play a role too as long as it isn’t excessive. A few toys and window crayons can be fun. Devices that enable kids to watch movies/shows, listen to audio books, their favourite music playlists, podcasts are fabulous to set-up before-hand too. Remember to pack headphones.

5. Stop, Revive, Survive

Driver Reviver sites are all over NSW serving biscuits, tea and coffee. They also have water, shade and toilets at these too. There are numerous NSW rest areas listed on this map here. You can also check if there has been any live traffic incidents as well.  Free Cuppa for the driver is a scheme that runs from 1 March – 31 May each year if travelling at this time.

May all our community be safe when driving as well as have fun on your family vacay!

 

 

 

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