9 Big Things in Australia to Make You Go Ooh! ...


When I say big things in Australia, I’m not talking about the Opera House, Kylie Minogue or barbies on the beach!

I am talking about the weirdly wonderful collection of “big things” all around the country.

A big thing is something architectural or sculptural - usually an everyday or commonplace object always represented on a massive scale.

Just like the stops and roadside attractions along Route 66, the Big Things in Australia are iconic tourist traps and great fun.

There are more than 150 Big Things in Australia and here are some of my favorites:

1. The Big Lobster

The Big Lobster

One of the most famous of the Big Things in Australia is The Big Lobster.

His name is Larry and he is so big that you’ll either go ‘ooh!’ or ‘eek!’ Larry stands 17 m tall.

He measures 15.2 m from head to tail and is 13.7 m wide.

Home to this giant crustacean is Kingston, about 300 km south-east of Adelaide on the way to Melbourne if you take the coastal route.

2. The Big Banana

The Big Banana

One of the first of the Australian Big Things was constructed in 1964 at Coffs Harbour, almost halfway between Sydney and Brisbane.

With a length of 15 m, The Big Banana is still the biggest banana in the world, and is one of the most popular attractions on this stretch of coastline.2

3. The Big Pineapple

The Big Pineapple

Queensland is where most of Australia’s tropical fruit are grown and Nambour on the Sunshine Coast is pineapple country.

The town is also home to a veteran Big Thing, The Big Pineapple, which has been around since 1971.

With a height of 16 m, it just misses out on being the world’s biggest pineapple but it’s impressive nonetheless.2

Be sure to go in: After all, how often can you say that you’ve been inside a tropical fruit?

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