Tumby Bay Street Art

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Unless you are from South Australia, it’s likely that you have never heard of Tumby Bay. It’s a small town on the Eyre Peninsula that is trying to put itself on the map – and the way they have chosen to do that is with the Tumby Bay street art.

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It’s about 600km from Adelaide to Tumby Bay on the eastern coast of Eyre Peninsula. Tumby Bay is the hub for the surrounding farming community, mostly focused on crops such as wheat and barley and raising sheep for wool and meat. Being a seaside town, there is also a small fishing industry based here too.

Like much of rural Australia, it has seen a declining population and has around 2500 people now permanently calling the town home. As people move away, local businesses have closed and services have decreased.

While Tumby Bay is a great summer beach location, the township was slowly dying.

It was looking for something more to attract visitors year-round and to entice passing vehicles to turn off the highway as they make their way to Port Lincoln or make a day trip back to visit. It needed something new to add to the things to do in Tumby Bay.

Tumby Bay Silo Art

The Tunby Bay silo art mural. Wheat silos with a huge mural of two boys floating in the water
The Tumby Bay silo art and street art festival is brightening up the town.

As the first silo art in South Australia was completed in 2017, the Tumby Bay Progress Association decided that this could be just the thing to get those cars to turn in off the highway.

They were able to receive some grant funding, and the community madly fundraised to get the idea off the ground.

Viterra, the owners of the Tumby Bay silos, approved the use of their giant blank canvas and Argentinian artist Martin Ron was commissioned. The project was scheduled to take place in March 2018.

Painting silos was – and still is with only ten in all of South Australia – a relatively rare event, so Tumby Bay took advantage of that and turned it into a full festival, inviting more street artists to come and make their mark on blank walls all around the town.

Community events were put on, and a whole weekend of fun and entertainment ensued, culminating with the opening of the amazing Tumby Bay silo art.

That street art throughout the town is a drawcard too. Passing motorists can’t help but notice the silos, but the street art draws them further into the town. Tumby Bay is beginning to be as popular as Coffin Bay is for visitors to Port Lincoln.

Colour Tumby Festival

The 2018 Colour Tumby Festival was such a success that it was soon turned into an annual event. In 2019, ten more street artists from all over the world came to Tumby Bay to add to the increasing number of colourful walls in the town.

Not only did the world class street artists do their work, but they also collaborated with some of the local indigenous Barngarla people to produce some amazing murals.

After Covid put a halt to the festival for a couple of years, the Colour Tumby street art festival is now back, with new murals being added to the town in both 2022 and 2023.

Where to Find the Tumby Bay Street Art

Tumby Bay is not all that big, so even a brief drive through the town will mean you pass some of the artwork. But if you are looking for a map which also gives all the artists, then the town has kindly made one up for you to download.

Click here to download the Tumby Bay Street Art Map

You can also find copies of the map in various locations around town, I grabbed one at the caravan park kiosk last time I was there. Look out for it at the viewing location for the silo art too.

Tumby Bay Street Art Gallery

I’m not going to include all of the artworks, I have to leave a few for you to discover for yourself when you visit, but here’s a taste of what you can expect in Tumby Bay, SA.

Tumby Bay street art mural showing the torso of a man holding a large fish
Loved this mural by Smug. You can also see his work on the Wirrabara silos.
street art mural on the side of a building. Shows the head and torso of a woman laying down - with some flowers, two blue butterflies and a red crayfish near her
This fabulous mural is by Lisa King
Street art on the side of a two-storey building in Tumby Bay Eyre Peninsula. The art depicts two overlapping images, one, all using blue shades, is a girl swimming underwater. Superimposed over the top is a shark in red.
This was the first mural I saw. It’s hard to miss and right on the foreshore. Painted by Insane51.
The side of a building is covered with a street art mural in colours of pink and blue. Shows abstract faces and some flowers like banksias and proteas.
Perfect Instagram background! The mural is by Elle.
Side of a building with a street art mural of two pelicans
How cool are these pelicans by Dvate?
Street art mural in shades of blue showing a great white shark
This is just a section of a great wall by Andrew J Bourke about the preservation of the ocean
Street art mural showing a close up of the eys and nose of an Aboriginal boy
Part of the collaboration between Adnate and the Barngarla people

More Things to Do in Tumby Bay

While you are here, take a look at these other things to do in Tumby Bay

  • Enjoy relaxing on that fabulous Tumby Bay beach – after all, you are on holiday
  • Take a walk along the mangrove boardwalk
  • Check out the views from the Tumby Bay lookout
  • Snorkel under the jetty and try to spot a leafy sea dragon
  • Go fishing! There are plenty of places around the jetty and boat ramp to catch dinner
  • Visit a museum – there are two in town, the Tumby Bay National Trust Museum, and the Excell Blacksmith & Engineering Museum
  • If you happen to have a boat, head out to the Sir Joseph Banks group of islands just off the coast for some fishing in the sheltered waters, or enjoy the beaches and coves of the islands.
  • Visit the Pioneer Tower after day to see it lit up
A tower, the bottom half made of stone, the top half is lit from inside showing images of like in Tumdy Bay. Photo is taken at night
Tumby Bay’s Pioneer Tower

Tumby Bay Eats

Once you have come into Tumby Bay to see the silos and the street art, why not stay for a meal or snack. We grabbed a great lunch at the Tumby Bay Bakery.

I would particularly recommend them if looking for vegan food (which I admittedly found quite scarce) because they made me up a huge salad roll, which, while it sounds quite basic, was possibly the best salad roll I’ve had in months.

We may or may not have also taken home a delicious Boston Bun to have later with our coffee!

While we didn’t eat there this time, we did check out the menu at the Tumby Bay Hotel and if I was in town for dinner, this would be my choice. The restaurant is called The Red Roof, and it serves typical pub fare with some local seafood featuring too.

Another place that looks fantastic, but sadly didn’t have any vegan options for me, is the BlueWater Beach Cafe. It boasts a Greek-themed menu and is located right on the foreshore.

(I originally recommended the French restaurant l’Anse here in Tumby Bay, but it has since moved to beautiful new premises in Port Lincoln – look out for it there)

Tumby Bay Accommodation

When in Tumby Bay, the most popular place to stay is the Tumby Bay Caravan Park where there are a variety of cabins available as well as powered and unpowered sites.

We stayed in a basic “Motel Room” cabin and it was perfectly serviceable for a last-minute Easter stay.

Nearby was also Modra’s Apartments which seemed to be an older style but was popular and a new option, is the Tumby Bay Villas. They are newer, but more expensive and further from the beach.

You can also find rooms at the Tumby Bay Pub or for holiday homes, take a look at Stayz.

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Josie Kelsh is South Australian, born and bred, living here for her whole life. Travelling all over the world has shown her exactly how amazing South Australia is to live and travel in and she uses her passion to show it to you the way a local sees it.

2 thoughts on “Tumby Bay Street Art”

  1. Thanks for the interesting article. If you would like to update L’Anse is now closed (sadly moved on to new venture in Lincoln).
    Also, I think you might want to check the population stats – you’ve under estimated our population.

    • Thanks Jackie for the update, much appreciated. I’m sad to hear L’Anse has closed, they were great!

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