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Located in southern Queensland between St George and Mungindi, Thallon is a tiny country town that is home to beautiful artwork, friendly locals, and shares a connection with a critically endangered Australian mammal.
One of the first things you’ll see as you approach town is the stunning Thallon silos. This Thallon silo art is titled ‘The Watering Hole’, and was painted by artists Joel Fergie (The Zookeeper) and Travis Vinson (Drapl) over 3 weeks and used more than 500 cans of spray paint!
The colours of the Thallon painted silos changes throughout the day as the sun tracks across the sky. Getting out of bed on a cold winter morning to catch the sunrise on the artwork is well worth it!
William the Wombat
Pull up at Thallon’s town park for a selfie with ‘William the Wombat’! This sculpture of a Northern Hairy Nosed Wombat stands at two-metres tall, and has rock climbing pegs on one side so that the kids (and big kids!) and climb up onto his back.
Some of the earliest specimens of the Northern Hairy-Nosed Wombat were found in the area, and it is one of the world’s most endangered mammals with just 250 remaining on refuges near St George and Clermont.
Tucked away on one of the concrete pylons of the old railway bridge is another artwork, titled ‘Collie’. Unfortunately heavy rain during our visit meant that we weren’t able to continue down the gravel road to view this one!
The Thallon Recreation Campground offers a fantastic free camp right near the painted silos! You can find our review here.
For those travelling without a van or tent, the Thallon Pub (Francis Hotel) offers clean budget accommodation, plus delicious meals.