We seem to love our Big Things in Australia!
All in the name of a good laugh and a bit of promotion. Giant crustaceans, massive fruit, big toys and huge guitars… find them on a drive around the country. Here is our checklist of go-sees when it comes to big things in Australia!
The Big Prawn at Ballina, New south Wales
Redz Australia has a great blog post about the Big Prawn and it’s near death experience. It has been a Ballina icon since the late 1980’s and was in danger of being tossed aside like a piece of rubbish until saved at the last moment…phew.
Big Lobster at Kingston, South Australia
Larry the Lobster, circa 1979, is another Aussie Crustacean Icon who fell into disrepair and was almost sent to the scrap heap. Saving Larry became a focal point with plenty of media attention and public outcry.
The Big Merino
The big sheep! Goulburn, New south Wales – home to the big Merino which was built in 1985 as a tribute to the fine wool industry of the area. Climb up through the sheep’s innards and peek out of his eye-balls!
The Big Koala, Dadswell Bridge, Victoria
I love the fuzzy ears on the Big Koala, it is right beside the road and houses a tourist information centre inside.
Big Rocking horse, Gumeracha, south Australia
Combining a restaurant, animal park and toy shop, the complex is a big drawcard for families. There is a small charge to climb the biggest rocking horse you are ever likely to see.
Built in 1981 it weighs 25 tonnes and stands at 18.3 metres. Earlier creations were not quite as jaw-dropping as the big rocking horse that now stands proudly by the toy factory.
By the way, luckily, the big rocking horse, does not actually rock!
Big Golden Guitar, Tamworth, New south Wales
Tamworth – Australia’s Country & Western Music capital! Home of the Big Golden Guitar. Unveiled by “Australia’s King of Country Music’ Slim Dusty in 1988. 12 metres high, weighing half a tonne. There is a museum to visit as well as a cafe and souvenirs…
Big Park Bench – Broken Hill
Proudly gracing the top of a massive slag heap, the Big Park Bench is possibly not the most comfortable spot to relax – but it is one of the biggest benches you may ever sit upon. Broken Hill is an old silver mining town in New South Wales. It’s almost considered the Outback of Australia as it’s on the very edge.
Big Banana, Coffs Harbour, New south Wales
Ah, the Big Banana! Somewhere the kids all generally love to visit. Visible from the main road as you drive through beautiful Coffs Harbour, the Big Banana is a tourist mecca with a fun park, cafe and souvenir shop as well as guided visits to the banana plantation.
Big Ned Kelly, Glenrowan, Victoria
Ned Kelly is a bit of a legend in Australia. A Bushranger and generally, naughty boy. Stand proudly by Ned on the main street of Glenrowan in Northern Victoria, visit the local museum to learn more about the life and times of Ned Kelly and his mates.
While you are visiting Ned, stop in at the ‘out-house’ on the main street and see the biggest Red-Back spider to be found! no doubt inspired by the Aussie song – ‘Red Back spider on the Toilet Seat’!
The list of ‘Australia’s Big Things’ is almost endless. More are scattered around the countryside and may well be added to this page… another time…