Outback Colours

29 Jan
On the Murray River

On the Murray River

Over a six week period I have been on the road across three eastern states of Australia and the Australian Captital Territory. During this time I did not blog and arriving back to Melbourne just over a week ago has presented a challenge of catching up before my studies commence in March. Often my internet connectivity was not good enough on the road and all I could manage was to upload a photo or two to Instagram with my mobile phone. This proved difficult as network speeds were very slow and sometimes non-existent, thus highlighting some of the connectivity issues in Australia and particularly when travelling on the roads less travelled.

However, despite connectivity being less than desirable, for our information age,  it was delightful to stumble upon artwork upon the way. From a yarn bombed tree, large sculptures in a small town, Lister in Bryon Bay and the Woden drains in Canberra, these are the artworks that are visible to smaller audiences.

In cities, such as Sydney and Melbourne, people can chance street art on a daily level and audiences are larger. In the outback, Street art is viewed by fewer people and stumbling upon a work feels special indeed.

Artists such as ROA have left works in very remote areas, such as the Pilbara desert and it’s a very fortunate experience to stumble upon such a treasure. More information about Roa in the desert can be found on The Pilbara Project. However, I didn’t have the opportunity to traverse the Pilbara and stumble upon ROA’s work but I did stumble upon other wonderful works on the roads less travelled and the places less visited.

Following is a gallery sample.

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For more photos from regional areas you can view my Flickr set on Regional Street Art


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5 responses to “Outback Colours

  1. Vetti

    January 30, 2013 at 2:33 am

    Looks like a brilliant roadtrip – I feel the same way about discovering treasures in remote areas. Sadly I didn’t see the Pilbara ROA either 😦 Loving your pics!

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      January 30, 2013 at 3:52 am

      I’m hanging for a desert road trip. It was the tiny outback roads that I enjoyed most.

      • Vetti

        January 30, 2013 at 4:05 am

        3 months (almost all in the desert) was totally amazing. You’ve got to do it!

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        January 30, 2013 at 8:46 am

        Wow! Fanatastic. I spent 10 days in the desert years ago camping but would love to spend much more. Would love to hear the stories 🙂

      • Vetti

        January 30, 2013 at 8:54 am

        sure! let’s do this! 🙂


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