The border town of Mungindi is in celebration mode after its newest attraction was named the winner of the national Best Grey Nomad Trail Award at the weekend.
The 2.5-kilometre Trail is an open-air art gallery installation featuring 10 raw and rustic
sculptures by award-winning local artist Tony ‘Nicko’ McMillan – who tragically died in 2016
at 54 years of age – and crosses the Queensland/NSW border in two spots.
Launched in September 2022, the Balonne Shire Council worked in collaboration with the
McMillan family, the Mungindi Progress Association and the Moree Plains Shire Council on
the project, using Murray-Darling Basin Economic Development Program to pay tribute to
Nicko and showcases the sculptures for visitor enjoyment.
Balonne Shire Mayor, Samantha O’Toole said the award was a credit to all involved in the
project and the Mungindi community, who persevered through numerous challenges, with
focus and commitment.
“We are so proud of what our region has to offer, and this award is just another reason for
travellers to come and visit our beautiful part of the world.”
“The past couple of years have been challenging for tourism in our region, we have had to
contend with drought, COVID-19, and floodwaters which cut off important transport
“The sculpture trail has brightened both the town and the spirits of our community, this
award now ensures that the trail will be a draw card for travellers’ deciding where to visit,
play and stay,” she said.