Our mates Neil and Laura (who invited us over to their place twice and got stiffed twice because of my swiss cheese brain, but still backed up for a third invitation) gave us the most marvellous suggestion for a route back to Sydney from Dubbo.
They raved about Animals on Bikes – a 120km “Paddock Art” sculpture tourist trail between Molong and the Dubbo Zoo, via Cumnock and Yeoval.
Animals on Bikes started out as a series of 45 sculptures created by local farmers, farmers wives, Men’s sheds, bus drivers, school kids and playgroup mums in 2009, now there are more 100 sculptures on display!
According to the Animals on Bikes website:
The initial motivation for this art project was to create a visual fantasy for the children.
However when many of the local businesses suffered during 8 years of drought it was agreed that this sculpture trail had potential to boast morale and improve the economic health of our rural-reliant central west communities.
Cumnock & District Progress Association organised welding classes throught TAFE Outreach for the farmers’s wives, Rentafarmhouse families and local enthusiasts that were keen to learn a new skill and create a masterpiece!
Let me tell you, it’s the fasted 120km you’ll ever travel with your kids. Instead of moaning “when will we get there?” 100 times, they’re like “Look! A frog on a bike!” and “Over there! A snake on a bike!”
(Get an eye spy quiz for the kids by clicking here.)
Absolutely awesome fun.
We also stopped at Yeoval (I think that was the one) on the way through for petrol and there was this sweeeeeeet blackboard out the front with everyone in town’s birthdays on it.
Almost made me want to live there. Almost …
Animals on Bikes is a must-see – it was one of my favourite parts of our weekend away. So unexpected and quirky and fun.
Thanks Neil and Laura!