If your local art gallery knows how you like your latte, it’s time for an escape to our country canvas.
Southern Queensland Country has played muse to a number of artists who now adorn the walls of local galleries, lanes, even gigantic silos, creating art trails around the region.
If you love all things bright, bold, and big – read on for our favourite art trails across Southern Queensland Country.
Granite Belt Art Trail
Discover the talent of the region’s best artists as they exhibit at studios and galleries during the annual festival, GBART.
From 29 – 31 October 2021, test your brush strokes or put pen to paper in a workshop, take part in a hands-on display, meet the artists, watch the experts in action and more.
Inspired by one of the biggest art shows for small towns in the country, Smalls Halls Festival, the Granite Belt showcases its local artists while inviting small community halls to take part.
Stick around to see the talent of the Granite Belt’s local community, alongside international artists, on the Granite Belt Art Trail dotted around the region.
From intricate mosaic tiles snaking along the pavement to detailed paintings sprawled around the town, immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of culture, history, and artefacts in the area.
Discover the giant murals scattered throughout the CBD and be sure to follow the sculpture trail through Weerona Park.
We recommend putting on your best walking shoes and tackle the city’s street art by foot and/or jump in the car for a leisurely scenic drive art spotting.
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Don’t miss these stops:
- Quart Pot Creek Ducks by Maggie Brockie
- Folkstone St, mural by Trevor Horsnell
- Lock Street, firefighters’ mural by Drapl
- Rogers Street, rainmaker’s mural by Amelia Batchelor
- Maryland Street, artwork by Franco Arcidiacono
- Weeroona Park, sculpture by Maggie Brockie
- Old Ambulance Building, Weeroona Park mural by Zookeeper and Drapl
- Brock Park public toilets, by Dean Ford and Peter Martin
- Wallangarra public toilets
- Italian Streetscape at the Farley Piazza by Julie Brown, Dean Ford, and Laurie Astill
- Granite Belt Brewery Mural by The Brightsiders
- Civic Centre, mural by Drapl & Treas
- Rogers Street Carpark, sculpture By Gabriele Trabucco and Richard Pfeiffer Egret by Adrian Hobba
- The Post Office and the Chemist, mural by Laurie Astill, Dean Ford, and Julie Brown
Condamine Country Art Trail
Stay a bit longer on the Southern Downs after GBART, as the Condamine Country art and open studio trail kicks off the following weekend. Spend the weekend of the 6-7th November at the northern end, basing yourself in Warwick to experience the second year of this creative gathering of artists, from Swan Creek, Emu Vale, Killarney, Loch Lomond and Warwick.
Studio Visits: Meet and talk to artists as they work in their private studios. Learn about their technique, inspiration and motivation.
Collectives: Learn why the Condamine Country art scene is thriving. Chat to groups of like minded artisans working and sharing conversation and ideas. Visit the Willow Gallery in Killarney for their first year of showcasing their local artists on the trail.
Public Art: Celebrating our past and showing our vision to be a progressive, modern city now and into the future. Watch public art being created over the weekend.
Toowoomba Laneway Art Trail
Marvel at over 55 masterpieces from local and international artists covering the walls of the city with a wander through Toowoomba’s Laneway Art Trail.
Thanks to the First Coat festival, which kicked off in 2014, Toowoomba’s laneways are permanently home to some of the country’s most renowned street art.
Grab a croissant and coffee at Ground Up, tucked away between vibrant murals in Searles Lane, before snapping shots of the city’s most photographed large-scale artworks.
Don’t miss these stops:
- CUA bank building, mural by five artists, including local Ian McCallum
- 30 Duggan Street, mural by Sydney freelancer illustrator, artist, and designer Alex Lehours
- 49 Neil Street, large scale portrait by Aussie artist Adnate
- Neil Street, Black and white mural by Brisbane artist Sophia Mary Mac
- Club Lane, Brisbane Illustrator, and artist Elana Mullal
- Blank Lane, large scale mural by Alysa Mae
- 10 Neil Street, elephant mural by Adam Busby
- 488 Ruthven Street, graffiti by Fintan Magee
- Gallery Lane, Geisha mural by Elysha Rei
- 3 Bowen Street, mural by self-taught artist Lisa King
For more: Check out InStudio Art Trail, a self-drive trail in the High Country Hamlets region around artists, studios, and exhibition spaces which takes place each August.
Goondiwindi Art Trail
The Goondiwindi region might have joined Australia’s silo art trail in 2019 with their iconic Yelarbon Silo Mural, but closer to town there’s plenty of art works to explore.
The town’s been painted from the ground up, thanks to the annual Lanescape Festival, which sees artists adding to its permanent art trail.
What started as an opportunity for artist James Ellis has turned into an annual event after the artist painted a bare wall, outside the Gunsynd Motor Inn (2018), while passing through to Melbourne.
He’s since coloured in more of the town with his popular murals.
Don’t miss these stops:
- Royal Hotel, Queensland Hotel, Gunsynd Motor Inn for street art
- Mclean Street, water tanks
- Holy Trinity Church
- Goondiwindi Art Gallery
- The Big Cod
- Nungwai, Coat of Arms, Once Upon a Time works
- Levee Bank Monument
- River Sculptures, ‘A wonderful bird is the pelican’ and ‘Macintyre cod fossil’
- Goondiwindi pillars
- Graincorp silos at Yelarbon, part of the Australian silo trail
- Pub murals at Royal Hotel & Old Commercial Hotel, Inglewood
- Spirit of Texas sculpture
- Texas art gallery
For more: Join the street party and watch the experts transform buildings and walls. The next Lanescape is scheduled for mid October 2022.
Western Downs Sculpture Trail
With works from some of Australia’s best-known artists hanging in galleries across the Western Downs, there’s more to the region’s connection with arts and culture than meets the eye.
This region is the birthplace of more than one famous bush artist, with plenty still calling the Western Downs home.
Renowned artists Hugh Sawrey’s works can be seen throughout parks and galleries, with some of the best examples of his work on the Grand Tara Commercial Hotel’s walls.
To help power your adventure, here’s everything you need to know about the Western Downs.
Don’t miss these stops:
- Bell Biblical Garden & Catholic Church
- Kogan Memorial Hall
- Tara Café
- The Big Melon
- Miles Historical Village Museum
- Condamine Bell Park
- Meandarra ANZAC Memorial Museum
Looking for more art in our country?
Put these stops on your agenda:
- Lockyer Valley: Find iconic murals by local artists on both Railway and Spencer Streets in Gatton
- Southern Downs: Check out the artworks near Town Hall in Warwick’s CBD and in various locations around town and pencil in the Condamine Country Art and Open Studio Trail 6 – 7 November.
- South Burnett: Take a walk and discover the unique art trails around Kingaroy’s CBD.
- Goondiwindi: Along with major painted murals and sculptures in the CBD, spot the smaller artworks hidden away Bowen Lane.