The Foundations at Portland NSW will be open to the public for the first time in history this April.

Australian-born, internationally renowned visual artist and photographer, Guido van Helten will return to the Central Tablelands town of Portland NSW to paint a large-scale mural on the 8-bin silos at the old Portland Cement Works site.

Commissioned by AWJ Civil as an introductory aspect at The Foundations, van Helten will apply his unique process of community engagement, photography and mural painting to the town with a rich history and unique mix of art and industry.

The artist has painted throughout Australia and internationally, dotting regional and urban landscapes with his exploration of community and identity generated through photography and large-scale, site-specific mural installations.

(Guido’s work in Fortsmith USA – Photo credit: Guido)

His work has developed out of his keen interests in travel, photography, architecture and learning about cultures in connection with their landscapes. From Brim to Coonalpyn and now to Portland: van Helten will transform the mid-century cement silos – a focal point of the town and in turn bring renewed interest to the heritage location.

“It’s the first time I’ve worked in a heritage location with such significance to a place. I’m looking forward to bringing my approach to this important site for Portland and the region,” van Helten stated, “I’ve had a really nice week getting to know the folks in Portland and learning about some of the connections people have with the site and what it used to be like.”

(Guido’s work in Jacksonville, Florida- Photo credit: Iryna Kanishcheva)

Receiving attention for his work in regional communities around Australia, van Helten was nominated for the Sir John Sulman prize at the Art Gallery of NSW in 2016 for his work in the regional town of Brim, Victoria.

Community members and tourists alike are welcome to the site as the artist works during April 2018 to transform the 20m high silos that dominate the local landscape.

Camping sites ($10/night) and caravan / camper trailer sites ($15/night) are available to book, so you can watch the mural unfold. Toilets and showers are provided and pets are welcome. Please note that the caravan sites are not suitable for camping due to the hard ground conditions, and concrete slabs in some areas.

Sites can be booked here:

Please note, if you booking more than 4 nights, you may find it easier to contact Ticketbooth Customer Support on 1300 762 344.

Day visitors are also welcome without a pre-booked ticket, for a small donation to help restore the heritage buildings.


General Information:

Size and Layout of caravan / camper trailer sites:

Size and Layout of campsites:


  1. First night – Thursday 29 March
  2. Last night – Saturday 28 April
  3. Stays any duration from 1 to 31 nights
  4. Check-in time 12:00 midday to 5:00pm
  5. Check-out time 10:00am
  6. Booking required in allocated spaces
  7. Sites will be marked and numbered with set-out, all unpowered and suitable for up to 4 people.
  8. Day visitors permitted between 8:00am and 5:00pm, no ticket required
  9. Small contained cooking fires permitted
  10. Pets permitted
  11. Max 4 people per site
  12. Fixed cost of each site regardless of number of people
  13. Day visitors encouraged to make a donation to ongoing maintenance of heritage buildings.


Terms and Conditions

Terms and conditions for The Foundations campground

The use of the term “Property” refers to the campground you are booking, owned by GM Portland Developments and managed by The Foundations. All guests are required to comply with all applicable legislation while on the property. The Foundations reserves the right to make amendments to these terms and conditions from time to time. You will be notified if you hold a future booking, which may be affected by these amendments. Unless notified otherwise, reservation charges and cancellation terms will apply as sold at the time of booking.


Terms of use

Property use

Use of the Property is for short term holiday stays. Any other proposed use of the Property, such as for an event or commercial purpose, or a proposed transfer of the booking, will require the prior written approval of The Foundations. Please contact for further advice.

Check in and check out times

Check in and check out times must be adhered to. Additional charges may apply for check out outside of times specified. Unoccupied sites left vacant may only be held for 24 hours. The Foundations reserves the right to use vacant sites and no refund will be provided. 

Changes and cancellations by The Foundations

Unforeseen operational issues and management obligations including but not limited to extreme weather events, fire, natural disasters may mean that the reservation cannot be provided. The Foundations will try to find an alternative date that suits you. If the alternative is not acceptable to you, the reservation will be cancelled, and a full refund provided. The Foundations will not be liable for any other losses you may incur as a result of this cancellation.

This event revolves around the painting of a large-scale mural by an internationally acclaimed artist. As such, the precise start date and finish date cannot be guaranteed. There may be a delay to the start date if Guido’s prior engagement runs overtime, and just as we would not want Guido to leave our mural unfinished, we must appreciate and respect his prior engagement must be completed before arriving in Portland. We also don’t know what Guido will be painting and therefore the total duration is only an estimate, there is a chance that he will finish earlier or later than the event duration, he is expected to start setting out on 26 March and be completed by 26 April 2018. No refunds will be provided for changes to this estimated schedule.

Termination by The Foundations

The Foundations may terminate the reservation and ask you and your guests to leave the park immediately if you or any guest or visitor at the Property during your stay:

  • Breaches any legislation
  • Breaches these terms and conditions
  • Causes annoyance or nuisance to others in the vicinity of the Property; or
  • Behaves unacceptably (including drunken or uncontrolled behaviour, offensive language, malicious or negligent use of facilities, theft or any other form of behaviour deemed inappropriate by The Foundations).

No refund will be provided in these circumstances.

Inclement weather

No refunds will be provided due to bad weather.

Number of guests

The Property must only be occupied by a maximum of 4 people. Failure to comply may result in additional charges or removal from the Property. Additional sites are subject to availability and Property limits. The Foundations reserves the right to turn away occupants exceeding the limits.

Unaccompanied minors and under 18 years old

All guests under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult such as a parent, step-parent, guardian or other adult who has parental rights and responsibilities for the under 18-year-old guest/s. If a customer or guest is found to be under the age of 18 and is not accompanied by a responsible adult, The Foundations may immediately cancel the customer’s reservation and the full reservation amount will be forfeited. 


Pets and domestic animals are allowed in the property and must be kept under control by owners. Depending on the behaviour of your pet, you may be requested to keep it on a leash, and this request must be adhered to. 


Any monies, valuables, goods or vehicles that belong to you which are brought into the Property remain your responsibility. The Foundations is not responsible for their safekeeping and will not replace damaged, lost or stolen items.

Your responsibility

You are responsible and liable for the actions of you and your guests at the Property, for the duration of the reservation. You must ensure you and all your guests comply with these terms and conditions, as well as any additional conditions specified on notices provided. You will be required to provide photo ID to confirm your reservation. If you are requested to provide photo ID and you are unable or unwilling to do so, your reservation may be cancelled, and no refund provided.

The Foundations accepts the reasonable use of the Property. We reserve the right to invoice or charge additional fees if the Property is damaged, left in an unreasonable or unsatisfactory condition, and/or Property items are broken or lost. You are required to remove all rubbish from the Property, into the bins provided.



Reservation terms and conditions

The following terms and conditions apply to any reservation.

Changes by you

We recommend you and your guests purchase comprehensive travel insurance. You and your guests should be satisfied that your chosen insurance cover fully meets your personal requirements especially in respect of inclement weather, personal injury or illness. We will endeavour to accommodate changes to your reservation, as far as possible, but we cannot guarantee all changes can be accommodated.

Cancellations by you

  • A 50% refund will be made if you cancel any part of the reservation 14 days or more prior to the first day of the reservation.
  • No refund will be made if you cancel any part of the reservation less than 14 days prior to the first day of the reservation or any time after.

That is:

  • 0 to 14 days: No refund
  • 15 days or more: 50% refund


Small, contained cooking fires are permitted on the property.


No private drones are permitted on the site. A commercial drone operator has exclusive rights to fly drones on the site.