Arno's Wall
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OrderintheHouse
Brisbane3,540 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Couples
In the last quarter of 2022 my wife and I travelled with Outback Aussie Tours on a one week bus tour of Longreach and Winton in Queensland. Having completed the first three full days touring around Longreach, we then set out to enjoy two interesting touring days around Winton.

Our Winton leg was jam packed over the two days and included well renowned and conventional tourist attractions such as the Age of Dinosaurs; Lark Quarry and the Dinosaur Stampede; Carisbrooke Station and The Three Sisters mesa landform and the Waltzing Matilda Centre.

In addition to these premier attractions we also had two unconventional sideline visits in Winton. One was to the Musical Fence (where visitors can play spontaneous music on both The Fence and the Junk-and-Found Percussion Park). The other, of course is Arno’s Wall.

Arno’s Wall is the brainchild and masterpiece of Arno Grotjahn, who emigrated from Germany with his wife Rita in the 1960s and worked at the opal mines at Opalton ( around 120 kilometres south of Winton). He has spent his life collecting junk from the town dump and embedding this into a weatherproof, durable base made from concrete and rock from his Opal Mine. It is truly an amazing example of junk art. Embedded in the concrete and rock are just about every household item imaginable including, but not limited to, old tyres, car parts, motor bikes, toilet pedestals, type writers, sewing machines, refrigerator doors, boat propellers – even a kitchen sink – the list can go on and on. It’s been described as a modern wonder of art and architecture. The wall is 70 metres long and 2 metres high. To honour this man’s eccentricity, a recreational park has been established at the site in his name called Arno’s Park.

This is not a place where I would envisage you would spent hours pouring over all the junk art on display and I think 20 minutes is sufficient time to soak up the atmosphere. However, I guess there might be some who would linger much longer because the placement of the various junk items in the concrete and rock is fascinating to marvel and admire.

I like the quote from Arno himself stated on an information board telling everyone about the wall and his motivation for creating it. It reads “ This wall contains every engine from the start of mankind up to now” Arno says ” The whole history of machines, in other words the history of mankind”. In his own unconventional way Arno Grotjahn has left us a rich legacy of the impact of man and his machines through his junk art.

I am glad we did the short walk from the North Gregory Hotel to view Arno’s Wall. While I am sure it may not be "everyone’s cup of tea " ( not to everyone's liking), it does to my mind stand out as an attraction that should not be ignored on any Winton travel itinerary. – if nothing else to admire something from a man who has dared to be different. The good news for travellers is that it is free entry.
Written 31 October 2023
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branson6
Lismore, Australia153 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Well what can you say, a man with a passion, and a lot of time on his hands. Something you have to see to believe
Written 22 September 2023
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paulen25
Brisbane, Australia298 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Weird and wonderful collection of junk faithfully embedded in a concrete block wall. One man's trash is another man's treasure! But wait - there's more - take the time to go to the front of the house.
Written 24 August 2023
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Tanya L
34 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2023 • Family
A wall of junk in a 'park' of scrub that smells like cat. Don't waste your time. Not small child friendly and not that interesting at all.
Written 9 June 2023
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LisaD
Coppabella, Australia1,080 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Solo
What can I say that hasn't already been said. I kid you not when I say I thought I would get mugged in what I think is supposed to be a 'park' of sorts. More like a walk way from one street to another. I took comfort in the Police station being across the road. Lets go point form:-
- Man built a fence
- Man collect junk (literally) from local dump and put it in the fence.
- Sign out front explaining it all
- If you're a hoarder you'll love it & the front yard of the house
I give this one star for the effort it took him to lift some of the heavy things up onto the fence. But don't go out of your way. Do a drive by if you're in town. No swings, tables or BBQs. overgrown but dead grass and gravel pathways.
Written 29 April 2023
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Kay M
Brisbane, Australia415 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Friends
Had a quick look at Arno’s wall and found it quite interesting! It certainly has just about everything including the kitchen sink in the wall! It is located in a nice little park! This is worth having a look but isn’t an attraction you would allocate a lot of time to see!
Written 30 November 2022
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Karen M
Brisbane Region, Australia42 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
It was worth stopping for a quick look, but make sure you read the information board about Arno's life. All of a sudden it all makes sense.
Written 9 September 2022
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Jacqui B
33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Just terrific quirky piece of art in the heart of Winton! The time it must have taken to construct this wall is amazing!
Written 8 August 2022
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Jeni_le_Wren
66 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2022
The wall is behind the North Gregory Hotel so only a short walk from the centre of Winton. It was very interesting and worth a visit. He really was into recycling.
Written 2 August 2022
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Kendall M
Slacks Creek, Australia10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
We passed by quickly on the adventure tour, and though it was worth a repeat visit. Someone had a lot of time on his hands, but then I guess we create our own entertainment when that far out west. It was fun identifying all the things included.
Written 17 July 2022
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