Monto is a magic little town. Located about 200 kilometres west of Bundaberg, it is sometimes overlooked and thought of only as the gateway to the spectacular Cania Gorge National Park. In recent years, something marvellous has happened – Monto is developing a reputation for curating impressive large-scale murals that take commercial and industrial walls and surfaces from ordinary to incredible.
Last year the Monto Magic Tourism Action Group produced a map which takes visitors on a self-guided walking tour of the Monto Art Trail. The Trail features almost 20 inspiring points of artistic and cultural interest; from sculptures and installations to murals and architecture. The Trail also includes works in the neighbouring towns of Three Moon and Mulgildie. The Monto Art Trail features work from local residents, as well as renowned artists like Drapl (Travis Vinson) and The Zookeeper (Joel Fergie).
The Brisbane-based street artists converted four silos at Three Moon into a large scale, almost three-dimensional, mural that depicts generational story telling. The artwork is a tribute to the local legends – past, present and future – who tell the story of the night sky and the evolution of three moon country.
While many of the artworks depict prominent local legends who have shaped Monto and the North Burnett Region, Drapl and The Zookeeper’s water tower celebrates the current generation of locals and hope for the future. Three local school children, playing with water that seems to be bursting from the concrete structure, were transformed into six metre
The Monto Art Trail is a diverse collection that will capture your imagination, teach you some local history and reveal the golden heart of this mighty, magic little town.
Find out more about the Monto Art Trail here.