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Luxury accommodation will soon be available on Victoria’s Silo Art Trail as Visit Victoria launches Silo Art Hotel – a street-art themed popup hotel located at Sea Lake in Northwest Victoria.

The limited time activation will see three beautifully re-imagined shipping containers by Contained pop up on the edge of Victoria’s most photographed pink lake, Lake Tyrell, for one month from 11 June to 12 July.

Two of the eco-pods will serve as boutique hotel rooms, each designer appointed with high end finishes, a luxury bathroom, taste of the region minibar, luxuriously soft bed linens, Australian-made toiletries and a private deck.

The third converted container will house a heated open-air swimming pool, the perfect place to relax after a big day of exploration.

To complement the creative flair of the region, Visit Victoria has partnered with Juddy Roller to commission never-before-seen paintings from renowned artists and install them across the units.

Guests will be able to stay in either The Matt Adnate Suite or The Drapl & Zookeeper Suite – and will get a first glimpse at bespoke artworks from each artist adorning the walls.

Matt Adnate is well respected for his multicultural portraiture, especially of Indigenous Australians, and is responsible for the artwork on the Sheep Hills silos – painted in 2016. His depiction of the night sky represents elements of local dreaming and the importance of the ongoing exchange of wisdom from Aboriginal elders to the next generation.

Drapl & The Zookeeper joined forces to paint the local Sea Lake silos in 2019, in celebration of the still and silence found in outback Victoria and in honour of the Boorong people. The young girl, swinging from a Mallee Eucalyptus, looks over Lake Tyrrell and reflects on her Aboriginal heritage.

The side wall of the swimming pool, by Shipping Container Pools will play host to a colourful mural from former lawyer, Kaff-eine, who’s photorealistic portraiture also adorns the Rosebery silos and portrays themes that she believes embody the region’s past, present and future.

One of Victoria’s most underrated regional attractions, the Silo Art Trail, is Australia’s largest outdoor gallery, stretching more than 200 kilometres from Rupanyup to Patchewollock.

Conceived in 2016, the Silo Art Trail includes artworks by celebrated artists including Rone, Adnate, Kaff-eine, Guido van Helten, Drapl & The Zookeeper.

Lake Tyrell is Victoria’s largest salt-lake and a must-visit for any nature enthusiast or budding photographer. The 120,000-year-old lake is regarded as one of the best places in Australia for star navigation and has an important place in Aboriginal culture.

The Boorong clan who once lived on this land were famous astronomers and their stories are rich in connection to the lake – visitors are encouraged to look out for their constellations in remembrance while enjoying the starry night skies they too once gazed upon.

When in Sea Lake, suggested activities include taking a sunset Sea Lake Tyrell Tour with experienced guide, Julie Pringle, who will showcase the best places to capture spectacular Lake Tyrrell photographs, followed by a comforting pub meal at the Royal Hotel.

The road trip to Sea Lake takes just under four hours from Melbourne and the recommended route includes a stop-off in Bendigo, a city with strong street art credentials of its own. Take a tour with local artist, Nacho Station which includes putting up your very own artwork, pay a visit to Bendigo Art Gallery or indulge the tastebuds with lunch at new restaurant, Alium Dining.

Towns nearby to Sea Lake include sunny Mildura and Swan Hill, both well worth a day trip or overnight stay. Culinary delights, sparkling waters and endless summer warmth – there’s plenty of reasons to spend time along the Murray River.

Returning to Melbourne via the Grampians is another option worth considering, with Halls Gap and Pomonal being attractive destinations for nature lovers. A full itinerary for a Sea Lake getaway can be found on the Visit Victoria website, here.

For more information or to book a stay, click here

Silo Art Hotel features: 

Silo Art Hotel offers guests a bespoke stay experience, including: 

  • High end finishes 
  • Floor to ceiling bi-fold doors to a private deck
  • Queen size bed with Cultiver linen and robes
  • Private luxury bathroom with Australian made toiletries
  • Reserve cycle cooling and heating
  • Continental breakfast
  • Minibar
  • Tea by T2, Coffee by Pod & Parcel

 Quotes attributable to Visit Victoria CEO Brendan McClements:

“The Silo Art Hotel shines a light on Australia’s largest outdoor gallery and is designed to boost visitation to the Wimmera Mallee region.”

“The activation is a unique and compelling way to draw attention to the area and supports Visit Victoria’s ongoing ‘Stay close, go further’ campaign.”