Well I'll be dammed: that's a mural!

Dam mural tribute to Collie waterways

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REFLECTIONS: Australia now boasts the largest dam mural in the world and it's in a small West Australian town. Photo: Roxanne Taylor/Roxanne Taylor Media

REFLECTIONS: Australia now boasts the largest dam mural in the world and it's in a small West Australian town. Photo: Roxanne Taylor/Roxanne Taylor Media

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Move over silo art: this mural is dam big.

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THE world's biggest dam mural has officially opened in the West Australian town of Collie, 200km south-west of Perth.

The 8000 square metre Wellington Dam mega-mural, painted by internationally-renowned Australian artist Guido van Helten, was is inspired by local stories and photographs.

The mural - Reflections - is spread across the dam wall within Wellington National Park, just west of the Collie town centre, and represents the cultural significance of the waterways to the local community.

It forms the centrepiece of the new Collie Mural Trail, an expansive outdoor art gallery of 40 murals connecting the dam with the town centre showcasing more than 30 Australian artists, including many Collie locals.

Artworks range from Mikaela Miller's work by the Collie River, looking at local flora and fauna, to Kambarni's mural in the town centre, telling intricate stories of language and culture.

Allow at least half a day to explore the dam and town, as well as the Collie River Valley. There is a picnic area at the dam on the site of the 1930s and '50s construction camps. The former dam caretaker's house is now a cafe.

Collie originated as a mining town with its heritage steeped in coal mining, forestry and railways. It is now a major regional centre.

Both the world-famous Munda Biddi Trail and Bibbulmun Track run through Collie, which is well known for its blue lakes, mountain biking networks, walk trails, scenic camping and historical beauty

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