Australia's big things

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A selection of Australia's big things

The big things of Australia are a loosely related set of large structures, some of which are novelty architecture and some are sculptures. There are estimated to be over 150 such objects around the country, the first being the Big Scotsman in Medindie, Adelaide, which was built in 1963. Every state in Australia has at least one of the big things.

Most big things began as tourist traps found along major roads between destinations.

The big things have become something of a cult phenomenon, and are sometimes used as an excuse for a road trip, where many or all big things are visited and used as a backdrop to a group photograph. Many of the big things are considered works of folk art and have been heritage-listed.[1]

List of big things (by state or territory)[edit]

Australian Capital Territory[edit]

Name Location Built Size Notes Image
Giant Mushroom Belconnen 1998 8 m × 4 m (26 ft × 13 ft) Located in the Belconnen Fresh Food Markets,[2] the Giant Mushroom shelters a children's playground. It was officially launched in 1998 by the ACT Chief Minister. Giant Mushroom Belconnen.jpg

New South Wales[edit]

Name Location Built Size Notes Image
Big Ant Broken Hill 1980 A bull ant sculpture designed by artist Pro Hart, which was erected in 1980 and originally stood at the Stephens Creek Hotel.[3] It was moved to its current location, next to the Tourist Information Centre in Broken Hill, after being donated to the city in 1990. Big Ant.jpg
Big Apple Batlow Located in the middle of an orchard about 3km north of Batlow, without public access. Only its top is visible from Batlow-Tumut Road, as it is largely blocked by apple trees.
Big Apple Yerrinbool Visible from the Hume Highway The Big Apple Yerrinbool.jpg
Big Avocado Duranbah Located at Tropical Fruit World. Big Avocado.jpg
The Big Axe Kew 1979 8 m (26 ft) Located alongside the Kew Visitor Information Centre. The original sculpture was replaced in 2002 as a result of ant induced damage. BigAxe Kew.jpg
Big Ayers Rock North Arm Cove 1990 This 1/40 scale model of Uluru was formerly an attraction at Leyland Brothers World, and now forms the roof of the Rock Restaurant. Technically not a "Big Thing" (as it is substantially smaller than the item it is modelled on), the Rock Restaurant is loosely grouped with the big things as an object of roadside art. TheRock Restaurant.jpg
Big Banana Coffs Harbour 1964 13 m × 5 m (43 ft × 16 ft) Sometimes claimed to be the first Big Thing in Australia.[4] The Big Banana tourist complex includes a banana-themed souvenir shop, tours of the surrounding plantation and an indoor ski slope. Big Banana Coffs.jpg
The Big Beer Can Cobar 1990 5 m × 2.5 m (16.4 ft × 8.2 ft) The Big Beer Can has a Tooheys New design, and is located above the entrance to the Grand Hotel. Big Beer Can Tooheys.jpg
Big Bench Broken Hill September 2002 As part of the Landscapes and Backgrounds exhibition, a 2.5 times scale park bench was constructed on the top of the Line of Lode, which is a high hill of mine deposits in the centre of the city of Broken Hill. Bench3.jpg
The Big Blue Heeler Muswellbrook 2001 2 m (6.6 ft) high Located adjacent to the town information centre. BigBlueHeeler Muswellbrook.jpg
Big Bottles Mangrove Mountain and Hanwood
Big Bowl Lake Cathie, New South Wales 1975 A 10-foot high replica of a lawn bowl, consisting of one-and-a-half tonnes of steel and concrete.[5] BowlAtLakeCathie.jpg
Big Bull Wauchope 14 m × 21 m (46 ft × 69 ft) The Big Bull was pulled down in October 2007.[6] Big Bull March 1993.jpg
Big Bunch of Bananas Coffs Harbour Formerly located in Sawtell, the Big Bunch of Bananas was relocated when the Pacific Highway bypassed the town and now lie just to the south of Coffs Harbour. BigBunchOfBananas Sawtell.jpg
The Big Bicycle Chullora 1997 9 m × 6 m (30 ft × 20 ft) The bicycle built by Jonh Ridley, Andy Lugiz and Phillip Becker adorns the entrance to the Chullora Waste Transfer Station, Chullora. Chullora Recycling Centre.JPG
Big Cheese Bodalla The Big Cheese is located at the former Bodalla cheese factory on the Princes Hwy, Bodalla. It is as of 2013 closed.
Big Chook Moonbi 1970s 2 m × 4 m (6.6 ft × 13.1 ft) The Big Chook, Moonbi.jpg
Big Chook Mount Vernon 4 m × 4 m (13 ft × 13 ft)
Big Flower Ourimbah
The Big Gold Panner Bathurst 1979 5 m × 3 m (16.4 ft × 9.8 ft) Located in front of the Gold Panner Motor Inn. GoldPanner.jpg
The Big Gold Pick and Pan Grenfell 2005 Pick 4 m, Pan 3 m (diam) Located between the Goods Shed and historic Station Building at the old Railway Station precinct, just off the northern end of West Street.
The Big Golden Guitar Tamworth 1988 12 m × 4 m (39 ft × 13 ft) Modelled on the Golden Guitar trophies given to winners at the Country Music Awards of Australia ceremony night during the Tamworth Country Music Festival. Big GoldenGuitar Tamworth.jpg
The Big Knight Knockrow At the entrance to the Macadamia Castle, a nut-themed park and store. BigKnight Knockrow.JPG
The Big Hammer Mudgee Located at Fairview Artspace in Mudgee is a Tig Crawley's artwork "Water Hammer". This installation is located in the front garden and has beautiful view of Mudgee and the countryside
The Big Kookaburra Kurri Kurri 2009 4.5 m (15 ft) Sculpture by Chris Fussell.[7] It is located in Rotary Park. [8]
The Big Lamb Guyra 1988 Erected by the town and district to promote the lamb and potato industries in New England. The lamb is stood over a potato plant. BigLamb Guyra.jpg
The Big Merino Goulburn 1985 15 m × 18 m (49 ft × 59 ft) A sculpture of a merino ram, built in 1985.[9] Goulburn and The Big Merino were bypassed by the Hume Highway in 1992, leading to a reduction in visitor numbers. On 26 May 2007, Rambo (as the Merino is locally known) was relocated by low-loader to a new home within sight of the highway.[10] Goulburn Big Merino after being moved 10 June 2007.jpg
The Big Miner's Lamp Lithgow BigMinersLamp.jpg
Big Mosquito Hexham 1993 "Ossie the Mossie" at the Hexham Bowls Club is modelled on the local Ochlerotatus alternans mosquito species, known as "Hexham Greys". It includes illuminated eyes which switch on at night. Big Mosquito Hexham.jpg
Big Murray Cod Tocumwal 1967 2 m × 7 m (6.6 ft × 23.0 ft) Located near the corner of Delinquin Rd and Murray St, near the Murray River. Tocumwal Big Cod.JPG
Big Orange Tenterfield
The Big Oyster Taree 12 m × 4 m (39 ft × 13 ft) Big Oyster Taree.jpg
The Big Playable Guitar Narrandera 1991 6 m × 2 m (19.7 ft × 6.6 ft) The largest playable guitar in the world.
The Big Potato Robertson 10 m × 4 m (33 ft × 13 ft) A giant potato constructed by farmer Jim Mauger in the early 1970s.[11] Big Potato in Robertson, NSW.jpg
The Big Poo Kiama 2002 1 m × 5 m (3.3 ft × 16.4 ft) The Big Poo was built by local residents as a protest against Sydney Water's decision not to reuse waste water in the area. Built from foam, it was unveiled by Ian Cohen on 29 April 2002.[12]
The Big Prawn Ballina 1989 6 m × 9 m (20 ft × 30 ft) On 24 September 2009, Ballina Shire Council voted to allow the demolition of the Big Prawn,[13] but this permission was never acted upon. Bunnings Warehouse purchased the site, and the Prawn, in August 2011, and stated their intention to retain and refurbish the Prawn as part of the redevelopment.[14] The prawn now sits on a stand next to the entrance of the Bunnings Warehouse carpark. Big Prawn Ballina.jpg
Big Rabbit Trap Albert 2013 A Big Rabbit Trap, located on the roof of the Rabbit Trap Hotel.
The Big Rocket Moree 2009 14 m (46 ft) high The Big Rocket, launched during the International Year of Astronomy and the 40th anniversary of the first manned moon landing, contains two slides and a space-themed command centre playground.
Big Rubik's Cube Maroubra 2008 A cement cube painted as per a Rubik's Cube on top of a storm water drain on Maroubra Beach.
The Big Slurpee Coffs Harbour 2009 15.24 m (50 ft) Dismantled in 2009. [15]
The Big Soldier Uralla In front of Hassett's Military Museum. The Big Soldier, Uralla.jpg
The Big Spider Urana 2009 The Big Spider (named "Not so Itsy" by the artist) was created by Andrew Whitehead, a nearby resident of the town. The spider commemorates the local football club, who were, for many years, known as the Spiders, and is built from a range of materials – including a wash tub and a hot dog muffler.[16][17] UranaWaterTowerSpider.JPG
The World's Biggest Sundial Singleton 1987 A 25-foot high sundial presented as a gift from Lemington Mine, to honour the occasion of the Australian Bicentenary. At the time of its creation, it was recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's largest sundial,[18] and still lays claim to being the largest one-piece sundial in the Southern hemisphere. LargeSundial.png
Big Tennis Racquet Barellan 3 October 2009 13.8 m long Built in honour of Evonne Goolagong, who grew up in Barellan.[19] Big Tennis Racquet Barellan 2009-10-03.JPG
The Big Trout Adaminaby 1973 10 m × 3 m (32.8 ft × 9.8 ft) Designed by Andy Lomnici, the Big Trout is located in the town of Adaminaby, near Lake Eucumbene in the Snowy Mountains. Opened in 1973, the trout is built from fiberglass over a steel frame.[20] Adaminaby big trout.jpg
The Big Trout Oberon OberonBigTrout.jpg
The Big Turtle Forster Carved from timber, the big turtle is located behind the main street of Forster on a riverside boardwalk.
The Big Windmill Coffs Harbour 1972 Although work started on the Big Windmill in 1972, the death of Franz De Kever in 1974 delayed completion until 1982, as it was not until the site was purchased by Hans Eecen that work was able to resume. The Big Windmill has since changed hands, and is now operated by Mark and Jodi Taylor. The site includes a 41 room motel and a restaurant.[21] Big Windmill.jpg
The Big Wine Bottle Pokolbin 1998 7 m × 1.5 m (23.0 ft × 4.9 ft) Located at the Hunter Valley Gardens. The neck forms a chimney for an open fire contained within. Big WineBottle Pokolbin.jpg
The Big Wine Cask Mourquong 8 m × 6 m (26 ft × 20 ft) Located at the Constellation Stanley winery *Edit - as of Dec 2013 no longer there. Building is, but has been painted out and is not accessible* MourquongBigWineCask.JPG

Northern Territory[edit]

Name Location Built Size Notes Image
The Big Boxing Crocodile Humpty Doo 8 m × 8 m (26 ft × 26 ft) Outside the United fuel station (formerly known as the Bush Shop) on the Arnhem Highway at Humpty Doo. The Boxing Crocodile was supplied by Ray Whear, who was the owner of 'The Bush Shop' at that time. Ray had it made to celebrate Australia winning the America's Cup in 1983 and to assist with attracting tourism to the area. The Boxing Crocodile is Humpty Doo's equivalent to the Boxing Kangaroo. Big Boxing Croc.jpg
The Big Aboriginal Hunter Anmatjere Community Located approx. 150km north of Alice Springs at the Aileron roadhouse/ caravan park. Aileron-BigAboriginalManStatue.jpg
The Big Stockwhip Acacia 7 m × 10 m (23 ft × 33 ft)
The Big Stubbie Larrimah Big stubby Larrimah.jpg

Queensland[edit]

Name Location Built Size Notes Image
The Big Apple Thulimbah 1978 4 m × 4.5 m (13 ft × 15 ft) From the "Landmark Legends of Stanthorpe", "The original Big Apple, a Granny Smith, lived at the petrol station at Applethorpe from 1978. The steel and fibreglass sculpture stands 4m tall and the apple is 4.5m in diameter. It was crafted by local artisan Johnny Ross. It went into temporary retirement in 2003 when the Applethorpe site was redeveloped. After a brief facelift, the re-grafted apple emerged as a Royal Gala apple slightly north of town at Thulimbah. Its new home is Vincenzo’s at the Big Apple, which is situated on the opposite side of the new England Highway to Suttons Apple Orchard & Cidery."[22][23] BigApple Thulimbah.jpg
Big Apple Acacia Ridge Located at 1102 Beaudesert Road.
Big Banana North Mackay 1987 9.2 m × 1.8 m (30.2 ft × 5.9 ft) [24]
Big Barrel Bundaberg 2005 25 m × 10 m (82 ft × 33 ft) The Barrel is an interpretive visitors' centre, gift and bottle shop for Bundaberg Brewed Drinks, located at 147 Bargara Road. According to a commemorative plaque inside the Barrel, it was opened by the Hon. Mr. Mark Vaile MP, Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Nationals on Friday, 18 November 2005. The Big Barrel.jpg
The Big Barramundi Normanton 1995 7 m × 2 m (23.0 ft × 6.6 ft) [25] Big Barra Normanton.JPG
The Big Barramundi Daintree 1986 7.5 m × 2 m (24.6 ft × 6.6 ft) [26] Big barra daintree.jpg
Big Bolt and Nut Roma Located in front of Banks Bolts and Fastners at 177–183 Raglan Street. Big Bolt and Nut.jpg
The Big Boot / Shoe Chermside 1960s A large shoe mounted on the roof of a car sales yard on the corner of Rode and Gympie Roads (621 Gympie Road). The boot originally came from a boot and footwear factory on the corner of Hale and Caxton Streets in Paddington, operated by the Morris family in 1960. In 1976, the factory became a restaurant called the Spaghetti Emporium, and the boot remained on the roof there until it was brought to its current location in the late 1970s as a marker for Boots Camping.[27]
The Big Brolga Townsville 1988 [28]
Big Bulls Rockhampton 1978 There were initially six bulls at many of the entrances into the city. Five of the bulls were created by sculptor Hugh Anderson.[29] Big Bull of Rockhampton.jpg
The Big Cane Toad Sarina 1983 [30]
The Big Captain Cook Cairns 1972 14 m × 2 m (45.9 ft × 6.6 ft) Modelled on the explorer Captain Cook.[31] Captain Cook statue, Cairns.jpg
The Big Cassowary Mission Beach 4 m × 4 m (13 ft × 13 ft) Built by Darryl Lourigan.[32] Giant Cassowary at Mission Beach.jpg
The Big Cow Yandina 1976 12 m × 7.62 m (39.4 ft × 25.0 ft) [33] BigCow Nambour.jpg
Big (Mud) Crab Cardwell 1986 4 m × 1 m (13.1 ft × 3.3 ft) Built by Terry Tebble, senior preparator at the Queensland museum. [34] Located at Muddies Restaurant in Cardwell North. The original mold is kept at NatureWorks, a company near Samford, QLD. BigCrab Cardwell.jpg
Big Crab Miriam Vale 1979 Located at the Shell petrol station and roadhouse on the corner of Dougall Street and Roe Street (Bruce Highway). Created by proprietor Lex Milner, who owned the service station at the time and wanted to promote his tasty mud crab sandwiches.[35] Big Crab of Miriam Vale.jpg
Big Crocodile Daintree 2001 2 m × 4 m (6.6 ft × 13.1 ft) [36]
Big Crocodile Hartley's Creek 1984 7.9 m × 1 m (25.9 ft × 3.3 ft) [37]
Big Crocodile Normanton 1996 8.63 m (28.31 ft) An accurate artist's impression of the largest recorded saltwater crocodile ever killed. "Krys the Savannah King" was shot in 1957 by Krystina Pawlowski on the banks of the Norman River.[38] Big Croc Normanton.jpg
Big Deck Chair Winton 2002 18.3 m (60.04 ft) Located at the Royal Theatre, an open air picture show, on Elderslie Street. The chair was donated in April 2005 by the Free Masons Taskforce Victoria. Claimed to be the World's largest, but claim has not been verified. [39]
The Big Dugong Rockhampton 1992 22 m × 12 m (72 ft × 39 ft) Located at the Rockhampton Dreamtime Cultural Centre.[40]
The Big Dinosaur Ballandean 1998 2.1 m × 6.7 m (6.9 ft × 22.0 ft) Also known as 'The Big Triceratops' or 'Fruitisforus', this large fibreglass triceratops was originally used as a float in the 1998 Apple & Grape Festival. After the festival, residents placed it on the roadside to help sell fruit for a local fundraiser, and it became a popular landmark. The triceratops was refurbished in 2009 to repair weather damage and then returned to its original post in front of the Ballandean railway station. [41] Ballandean triceratops.jpg
The Big Easel Emerald 1999 25 m (82 ft) The Big Easel, located off Capricorn Highway in Morton Park, holds a 7 m × 10 m (23 ft × 33 ft) reproduction of one of Van Gogh's Sunflower paintings.[42][43] The Big Easel, Emerald.jpg
Big Golf Ball Broadbeach Big golfball Gold Coast.jpg
The Big Golden Gumboot Tully 2003 8 m × 6.1 m (26 ft × 20 ft) [44] GGumboot.JPG
The Big Gun Underwood A 155 mm (6.1 in) field gun mounted on top of a two-story fruit shop. The gun was in a metal scrap yard that occupied the site in the 1960s before the shops and offices were built in the 70s.
The Big Hard Rock Guitar Surfers Paradise 1996 10 m × 3 m (32.8 ft × 9.8 ft) The iconic large guitar that fronts every Hard Rock Cafe. The Surfers Paradise location was established 22 March 1996.[45] Surfers HardRockGuitar.jpg
The Big Macadamia Nut Nambour 1978 16 m (52 ft) Six years after the Big Pineapple opened the owners built the Big Macadamia nut. Once part of the "Nut Country Tour", the building was eventually converted to the "Rainforest Creatures of the Night" display in 2000. The building has since closed, and remains unused as of June 2013. [46] The Big Macadamia Nut in Queensland.jpg
The Big Mandarin Mundubbera 1983 11 m × 15 m (36 ft × 49 ft) [47] MundubberaBigMandarin.JPG
The Big Mango Bowen 2002 10 m × 8 m (33 ft × 26 ft) The Big Mango stands at the tourist information centre in Bowen.[48] In February 2014, the Mango was temporarily "stolen" by restaurant chain Nando's as a publicity stunt.[49][50] Big mango.jpg
The Big Marlin Cairns 1980 10 m × 2 m (32.8 ft × 6.6 ft) [51] BigMarlin Cairns.jpg
Big Meat Ant Augathella 2011 5 m (16 ft) A giant meat ant sculpture commissioned by Murweh Shire Council, in the hope of attracting "thousands of tourists".[52]
Big Merino Blackall 1983 3 m × 4 m (9.8 ft × 13.1 ft) [53]
The Big Miner Rubyvale 1983 In front of the Bobby Dazzler mine. Missing its left hand in May 2012. Hand repaired and statue repainted prior to December 2012.[54] The Big Miner in Rubyvale.jpg
The Big Mower Beerwah 1974 11 m × 3.6 m (36 ft × 12 ft) [55] BigMower Beerwah.jpg
The Big Ned Kelly Maryborough 7 m × 2 m (23.0 ft × 6.6 ft) The Big Ned Kelly stands in front of the Ned Kelly Motel and service station. Built by Dat Romano.[56] Maryborough BigNedKelly.jpg
The Big Orange Gayndah 1977 [57] BigOrange Gayndah.jpg
The Big Orange Lockyer Valley Corner of Lake Clarendon Way and Crowley Vale Road. The Big Orange.jpg
The Big Paperclip West End, Brisbane 3 m × 2 m (9.8 ft × 6.6 ft) This was a public sculpture that once stood on the lot next to Paul's dairy factory on Montague Road. The area is now part of the ramp onto the Go Between bridge, and the fate of the sculpture is unknown. Last photo located on the internet was dated 2007.
The Big Peanut Tolga 1977 [58]
The Big Pelican Noosaville Mounted on a motorised float in parkland next to the Noosa River.[59] BigPelicanNoosaville.JPG
The Big Pick, Shovel and Sieve Sapphire 1999 4 m × 2.5 m (13.1 ft × 8.2 ft) Located in front of the Blue Gem Store Van Park. Built by Barry Richardson and David Gould.[60] The Big Mining Tools.jpg
The Big Pie Yatala late 1970s 4.5 m (15 ft) diameter Mounted atop a 10 m (33 ft) pole next to the car park of the Yatala Pies drive-through pie shop.[61] Yatala BigPie.jpg
Big Pineapple Gympie 1971 16 m (52 ft) high Formerly located next to a service station on the Bruce Highway, the Gympie Big Pineapple was demolished in 2008 during redevelopment of the site.[62][63] BigPineapple Gympie.jpg
The Big Pineapple Woombye 1971 16 m × 6 m (52 ft × 20 ft) The Big Pineapple is a tourist attraction on the Sunshine Coast in South East Queensland, Australia. It is 16 metres high and is claimed to be the world's largest pineapple, gaining this title after a large pineapple-shaped water tower in Hawaii was dismantled in 1993 (see List of World's Largest Roadside Attractions). The pineapple was originally opened on 15 August 1971, and is situated on a 165-hectare site in Woombye.[64][65] GiantPineappleNambour.jpg
The Big Pumpkin Beaudesert Beaudesert BigPumpkin.jpg
The Big Red Elephant Lockyer Valley Located at 4138 Warrego Highway in Hatton Vale. Part of the "Jumbo" shopping centre. The Big Red Elephant.jpg
The Big Redback Eight Mile Plains, Brisbane 1996 5 m × 3 m (16.4 ft × 9.8 ft) [66] Big Redback 8MP.jpg
The Big Rig Roma over 30 m (98 ft) tall A tourist attraction which commemorates the finding of oil in Roma. Big Rig Roma.jpg
The Big Rum Bottle Bundaberg 1988 7 m × 1 m (23.0 ft × 3.3 ft) The bottle started out as the Bundaberg Rum Company's pavilion at World Expo 88 in Brisbane, and is now located outside the visitors' centre at the Bundaberg Distillery. Since there there have been several copies of the bottle which are found in various locations throughout Queensland, one being outside of the Sundowner Saloon in Haigslea.[67] Big Bundy.jpg
The Big Sapphire Anakie 1982 3.7 m × 2.26 m (12.1 ft × 7.4 ft) Located in front of the Big Sapphire and Gemfield Information Centre at 1 Anakie Road, which was closed as of May 2012.[68] The Big Sapphire.jpg
The Big Sapphire Ring Sapphire 1984 Located in front of Pat's Gems. Built by Victor Saunders.[69] The Big Sapphire Ring.jpg
The Big Sausage King Centenary Heights, Toowoomba The Big Sausage King sits on the roof of Gray’s Modern Meat Mart in Centenary Heights. In 2010 it was stolen, and in spite of 10 kg (22 lb) sausage reward from the store and an additional $500 being offered by radio station Triple M, it was eleven months before it was discovered in a local quarry.[70][71][72] The Big Sausage King.jpg
The Big Shell Tewantin 1960s 6 m × 2 m (19.7 ft × 6.6 ft) The Big Shell is the entrance to a Hawaiian / tropical lifestyle store, full of little treasures and shells. The Shell is now under the third owner. [73] Tewantin BigShell.JPG
The Big Spanner Sapphire 1982 2 m (6.6 ft) The first big thing in the area of Rubyvale and Sapphire, and was built by Allen May.[74] The Big Spanner.jpg
The Big Strawberry Elimbah Outside Rolin Farms, a strawberry and orchid farm near Caboolture.
The Big Stubby Tewantin 1966 9 m × 4 m (30 ft × 13 ft) No longer there. Queensland's first big thing, built by George Clifford out of 17,000 empty stubby bottles.[75]
The Big Whale Kinka Beach Built by Kevin Logan.[76]

South Australia[edit]

Name Location Built Size Notes Image
The Australian Farmer Wudinna 2008 8 m (26 ft) Taking 17 years to develop from the initial proposal to the final unveiling, the Australian Farmer, located in the town of Wudinna in South Australia, was carved by artist Marijan Bekic and his son David between 2007 and 2009. Representing the early settlers of the region, the work stands at 8 m (26 ft) in height, and was carved out of approximately 70 tonnes (69 long tons; 77 short tons) of local granite.[77] Wudinna Australian Farmer Cropped.jpg
The Big Church Block Bottle McLaren Vale, South Australia 2010 10 m (33 ft) The Big Church Block Bottle, named Our Work of Art, is a 10 m (33 ft) high replica bottle of Wirra Wirra, Church Block wine. The bottle was constructed to launch the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival in March 2010, located at Southbank in Melbourne, Victoria. The bottle was located in Melbourne from 14 March 2010 through to 19 March 2010 before it was re-located to the Wirra Wirra vineyard in McLaren Vale, South Australia, during April 2010. The bottle was designed in five sectional pieces, made from steel framework covered in wire mesh. The mesh has been cladded entirely by recycled corks. Each cork was individually drilled and threaded onto elastic before being cable tied around each section of the bottle.[78] Big Cork Bottle.jpg
The Big Dice Barrier Highway The Big Dice consist of six concrete blocks piled into a small pyramid. They can be found between Yunta and Mannahill, just off the Barrier Highway.[79] Big Dice.JPG
The Big Galah Kimba 1993 8 m × 2.5 m (26.2 ft × 8.2 ft) Residing at the "Halfway Across Australia Tourist Shop" at Kimba, South Australia, the Big Galah was built from fiberglass over a steel frame by Robert Venning, and was opened in 1993. Modelled on the Galahs that frequent the region, it stands at 8 metres (26 ft) high and 2.5 metres (8 ft 2 in) wide, and weighs in the vicinity of 2.3 tonnes (2 long tons; 3 short tons).[80] Big Galah Kimba.jpg
The Big Kangaroo Border Village 1986 5 m × 2 m (16.4 ft × 6.6 ft) Also known as "Rooey II", the Big Kangaroo can be found at Border Village in South Australia, located just shy of the border with West Australia.[81] Made from papier-mâché and fiberglass over a steel frame, from a design by Bill Metheral, Rooey was intended to capitalise on traffic journeying to Perth for the America's Cup, and was opened in 1986.[82]
The Big Lobster Kingston SE 1979 17×15×13 m (56×49×43 ft) Known locally as "Larry", the Big Lobster was designed and built by Paul Kelly (who also designed the Big Scotsman) as a means of attracting attention to the visitor centre and restaurant at which it is located. It was built in six months out of a steel frame with a fiberglass shell. The size is said to have been an error: the original plans were drawn in feet, but the designer misinterpreted them to be metres.[83] Kingston SE lobster.JPG
Map the Miner Kapunda 1988 8 m × 2 m (26.2 ft × 6.6 ft) Named Map Kernow, the "son of Cornwall", Map the Miner represents the Cornish miners who once worked at the town of Kapunda. Standing at the southern end of the town, the work was built by Ben van Zetten and opened on 5 June 1988.[84] The statue was destroyed by a fire in 2006,[85] but has since been rebuilt.[86] Map the Miner at Kapunda South Australia.jpg
The Big Olive Tailem Bend 2009 11 m (36 ft) The Big Olive was constructed to attract tourists to The Big Olive processing plant and visitors' center. Located just outside of Tailem Bend, it consists of two olives – one green and one black – which together stand at 8 metres (26 ft) and weigh over 1 t (2,200 lb). The olives were constructed out of fiberglass by The Newell Group, and were placed on the site in April 2005.[87] Big Olive.jpg
The Big Orange Berri 1980 15 m × 12 m (49 ft × 39 ft) Located in the South Australian Riverland, the Big Orange was designed by Adelaide based architect John Twopenny. It is constructed with fiberglass panels covering a steel frame, with the entire structure weighing in the vicinity of 85 tonnes (84 long tons; 94 short tons).[88][89] The structure consists of four levels, with a function room on the first floor, a souvenir shop and cafe on the second, a mural depicting the local scenery on the third, and a lookout on the fourth.[90] *Edit Dec 2013, now closed but can still get photos from the road* Big Orange.jpg
The Big Oyster Ceduna 1992 As with the Big Pelican, the Big Oyster was originally built as a float for a local festival – in this case, Ceduna's annual Oysterfest. Built by Leon Veerhuis out of ferro-concrete, it was retired from parade duties in 1994.[91] It is located next to an information booth on Eyre Highway just north of Ceduna.
The Big Pelican Loxton 1992 The Big Pelican was originally constructed as a float for a local Mardi Gras in 1979. After being employed for this purpose on a number of occasions, including once in Adelaide, the papier-mâché structure was remodelled, and, in 1992, it was overlaid with fibreglass. Today it can be found at the Loxton Caravan Park.[92] Big Pelican at Loxton.jpg
The Big Ram Karoonda 2003 2 m × 3 m (6.6 ft × 9.8 ft) The Big Ram in Karoonda recognises the importance of the sheep industry in the region. Instigated by the Karoonda Development Group and located on the Railway Lawns, the Big Ram is 2 metres (6 ft 7 in) high and 3 metres (10 ft) long, and is built from concrete. It was completed in 2003.[93] Big Ram in Karoonda.jpg
The Big Rocking Horse Gumeracha 1981 18 m × 17 m (59 ft × 56 ft) Part of a complex that includes a wooden toy factory and a wildlife park, the Big Rocking Horse in the Adelaide Hills stands at over 18 metres tall and weighs more than 25 tonnes. Designed by David McIntosh and John Twopenny (the latter also designed The Big Orange), it took eight months to build at a cost of over $100,000. The steel structure incorporates three viewing platforms.[94] Gumeracha giant rocking horse.jpg
The Big Scotsman Medindie (Adelaide) 1963 5 m × 1 m (16.4 ft × 3.3 ft) The Big Scotsman, affectionately known as 'Scotty', was erected in 1963 and thus predated the Big Banana by a year. Located at Scotty's Motel on the corner of Main North Road and Nottage Terrace in the inner-city suburb of Medindie, the Big Scotsman was designed by Paul Kelly, who later went on to build the Big Lobster.[95] The Big Scotsman.jpg
The Big Winch Coober Pedy 1986 8 m × 5 m (26 ft × 16 ft) The Big Winch acknowledges Coober Pedy's opal-mining industry. Built by Klaus Wirries in the 1970s, the original Big Winch was destroyed in 1986 and rebuilt shortly thereafter.[96] Coober-Pedy2.jpg
The Big Yabby Clayton 1973 2 m (6.6 ft) Built in 1973 by Henry Jones, the Big Yabby resides at the Murray River town of Clayton, and originally sat outside his family's Yabby City Restaurant. While the concrete yabby remains, the restaurant has since changed both owners and name to become Sails at Clayton, and yabbies are no longer on the menu.[97][98]

Tasmania[edit]

Name Location Built Size Notes Image
Big Apple Spreyton Spreyton BigApple.jpg
The Big Cherry Latrobe Adjacent to the Bass Highway at The Cherry Shed.
The Big Coffee Pot Deloraine Constructed by the addition of a spout and handle to a grain silo. Big Coffee Pot.jpg
The Big Penguin Penguin 1975 3 m × 1 m (9.8 ft × 3.3 ft) Constructed from fibro cement to mark the centenary of the proclamation of the township of Penguin. Unveiled 25 October 1975. Penguin BigPenguin.jpg
The Big Platypus Latrobe Latrobe BigPlatypus.jpg
The Big Rock Lobster Stanley Mounted on the roof of Hursey Seafoods. Big Rock Lobster.jpg
The Big Slide Rule University of Tasmania (Hobart) Located in the School of Mathematics and Physics.
The Big Spud Sassafras Sassafras BigSpud.jpg
The Big Tasmanian Devil Mole Creek 2 m × 3 m (6.6 ft × 9.8 ft) Standing at the entrance to the Trowunna Wildlife park and Tasmanian Devil research centre. Big Tassie Devil.jpg
The Big Wickets Westbury 3 m × 8 m (9.8 ft × 26.2 ft) Located at the front of the local cricket pitch, commemorating locally born player Jack Badcock. Big Wickets.jpg

Victoria[edit]

Name Location Built Size Notes Image
Big Abalone Laverton North A fibre glass replica of an abalone that used to sit atop a 5.3 m tower at the Plummer Road premises of the Australian Abalone Exports office. Once it was illuminated, and rotated slowly. Now however, it has been removed after the business ceased operating. Big Abalone.jpg
Big Apple Bacchus Marsh The Apple was removed from display at the road side when the adjacent fruit shop closed down. It now sits behind a fence next to a dumpster. Big Apple.jpg
The Big Apple Gladysdale The fiberglass Big Apple hangs from a pole outside the Gladysdale Primary School which is the home of the annual Gladysdale Apple and Wine Festival. After sustaining damage from vandals some time ago it has been restored to its former glory by a local builder and aircraft engineer. Organisers of the festival are planning to unveil the restored apple at the 2014 event on 4 May, 2014.
The Big Cherry Glenrowan Owners of the property removed the Big Cherry in 2010/11.
Big Cigar Churchill Replica of Sir Winston Churchill's cigar, after whom the town is named. Cigar.jpg
Big Cows Newhaven Big Cows.jpg
Big Dead Fish Fish Creek Positioned on the roof of the Fishy Pub. Big Dead Fish.jpg
Fairfield Industrial Dog Object Fairfield Created in 2000 and positioned next to Fairfield Railway Station. FIDO-Fairfield-Industrial-Dog-Object.JPG
The Big Flower Yarra Junction March 2014 The Big Flower sits atop a florist on Warburton Highway, Yarra Junction
Big Happy Hens Meredith Adjacent to the Midland Highway outside a battery egg farm. Meredith Happy Hens 001.JPG
Big Koala Cowes Big Koala at Cowes.jpg
The Giant Koala Dadswells Bridge 1989 14 m × 8 m (46 ft × 26 ft)

The Giant Koala is 27 km (17 mi) north-west of Stawell in the small township of Dadswells Bridge. The Koala is 14 m (46 ft) high, and weighs 12 tonnes (12 long tons; 13 short tons). It is made of bronze set on a steel frame. The sculptor is Mr Ben Van Zetton who was hired in 1988 to design and construct the piece.

Giant Koala.jpg
Big Lizard Marysville The Big Blue Tongue Lizard takes pride of place in Gallipoli Park, Marysville
Big Mallee Bull Birchip Mallee Bull Birchip.jpg
Big Mallee Root Ouyen The Big Mallee Root is an actual mallee root rather than an oversized replica like most of Australia's big things. It is on display in a park.
Big Miner Ballarat opened 1 December 2006 Big Miner at Ballarat.jpg
Giant Murray Cod Swan Hill 3 m × 9 m (9.8 ft × 29.5 ft) Located at the train station. Big MurrayCod SwanHill.jpg
The Big Ned Kelly Glenrowan 6 m × 2 m (19.7 ft × 6.6 ft) A tribute to the bushranger Ned Kelly. Glenrowan Kelly.jpg
The Big Pheasant Tynong 8 m × 17 m (26 ft × 56 ft) The Big Pheasant sits at the entrance to Gumbuya Park. It was the victim of an attack by vandals in October 2011,[99] and was restored to its previous condition by April 2012. Big Pheasant.jpg
The world's largest rolling pin Wodonga The Big Rolling Pin sits atop a bakery and spins.
Big Smoke Myrtleford No longer painted as the 'Big Smoke' due to closure of cigarette factory, located on Myrtleford–Yackandandah Road
Big Strawberry Koonoomoo 2 m × 4 m (6.6 ft × 13.1 ft) Located at the Big Strawberry store on the corner of Goulburn Valley Hwy and Cobram-Koonoomoo Rd. KoonoomooBigStrawberry.JPG
Big Tap Cowes Big Tap wp.jpg
Big Watermelon Wantirna South Situated outside a fruit and vegetable store on High Street Road
Big Wave Newhaven Big Wave.jpg
Big Wine Bottle Rutherglen A water tower in the shape and colour of a wine bottle. Located on the corner of Campbell St and Hopetoun Rd.
Big Wool Bales Hamilton 3 m × 12 m (9.8 ft × 39.4 ft) Big Woolbales.jpg
The Giant Worm Bass 250 m × 4 m (820 ft × 13 ft) Located on the Bass Highway, the Big Worm contains interactive displays and one can walk inside. There are also animals to view and a gift shop on the property. Giant Worm.jpg

Western Australia[edit]

Name Location Built Size Notes Image
Big Apple Donnybrook 7 m × 4 m (23 ft × 13 ft)
Big Banana Carnarvon 6 m × 1 m (19.7 ft × 3.3 ft)
Bert Bolle Barometer Denmark 1985 Over 12.5 m (41 ft) A working water barometer being the largest barometer in the world, recognised by the Guinness Book of Records. Built in the Netherlands by Bert Bolle and donated to the community of Denmark in 2007. The barometer is considered a monument and carries the name ’The Bert Bolle Barometer’. It is set up in The Barometer Tower in the Denmark Visitor Centre. Bert Bolle Barometer, Denmark WA.jpg
Big Bobtail Kalamunda, Perth 2012 9 m × 1.3 m (29.5 ft × 4.3 ft) Carved out of rammed earth by Roman Antoniuk, and modelled on a 300 mm (11.8 in) blue-tongued skink that lived on the block. RE BluTongLizd.jpg
The Big Camera Meckering
The Big Magic Mushroom Balingup Situated in the gardens of the Old Cheese Factory, Nannup Road, Balingup. BALINGUP Bigthings bigmushroom small.jpg
Cow on the Corner Brunswick Junction 5 m × 1.5 m (16.4 ft × 4.9 ft) Cow on the Corner, Brunswick, Western Australia.jpg
The Big Crocodile Wyndham 1987 18 m × 3 m (59.1 ft × 9.8 ft) Wyndham BigCroc.jpg
Big Orange Harvey 2 m (6.6 ft) diameter
The Big Prawn Learmonth Situated outside the MG Kailis dock, 20km south of Exmouth.
The Giant Ram Wagin 13×9×6 m (43×30×20 ft) Wagin Giant Ram, Western Australia.jpg
Leeuwin Way Whale Eucla 10 m × 3 m (32.8 ft × 9.8 ft) Situated in the carpark of the Eucla roadhouse, Eyre Highway. Big Whale Statue at Eucla, Western Australia.jpg
The Big Wheelbarrow Port Hedland Situated at the entrance to the Wedgefield Industrial Area between Port Hedland and South Hedland.
World's Tallest Bin Kalgoorlie 1980 About 8 m (26 ft) tall Located on Hannan Street[100]

In popular culture[edit]

Locations of a number of Australia's big things
  • The London production of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert: the Musical references the Big Prawn, Big Merino, Big Pineapple and the Big Banana.
  • The ABC produced a documentary titled Big Things as part of its programme The Big Picture.
  • The National Museum in Canberra has a comprehensive multimedia exhibit displaying many big things.
  • In 2007 Australia Post issued a set of 50c postage stamps commemorating five of the most iconic big things:
    • The Big Banana at Coffs Harbour (NSW)
    • The Big Golden Guitar at Tamworth (NSW)
    • The Big Lobster at Kingston SE (SA)
    • The Big Merino at Goulburn (NSW)
    • The Big Pineapple at Nambour (QLD)[101]
  • Danny Wallace mentions Australia's big things in his book Yes Man.
  • Travel writer Bill Bryson details his visit to the Big Lobster and the Big Bull in his book Down Under / In a Sunburned Country
  • In the Australian comedy film Young Einstein, when the titular character books into a hotel the desk clerk asks if he's "Here to see the Big Bed?"
  • English stand-up comedian Ross Noble, visits many of Australia's big things during his 2009 tour Ross Noble's Australian Trip.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

General references[edit]

Specific references and notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Big, brash and finally treasured". Sydney Morning Herald. 14 July 2009. 
  2. ^ "How we can become the next Big Thing". Canberra Times. 31 July 2005. 
  3. ^ Finlay, Keith (17 December 1980). "Pro Hart's outback art complex". Australian Women's Weekly. 
  4. ^ Southerden, Louise (19 April 2008). "Beyond the Big Banana". Brisbane Times. Retrieved 23 December 2012. 
  5. ^ Hoey, Tom (9 October 1975). "Biggest thing in bowls". The Age. 
  6. ^ Honan, Kim (15 October 2007). "The Big Bull gets the chop". ABC Rural Report (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Archived from the original on 15 May 2009. 
  7. ^ Hall, Keith and Susan (19 April 2011). "Big Bird". Somewhere Else Blog. Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  8. ^ Sharpe, Donna (30 December 2008). "Big Kookaburra new Kurri attraction". 
  9. ^ Hogarth, Murray (31 December 1988). "Attilla out to change face of NSW". The Sydney Morning Herald. 
  10. ^ "Newspix search results for Big Merino". Newspix. Archived from the original on 14 February 2008. 
  11. ^ Huntsdale, Justin (3 September 2012). "Robertson Big Potato land sell boils down to rates". ABC News. Retrieved 23 December 2012. 
  12. ^ Hornery, Andrew (30 April 2002). "The back road into town is clear". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 25 August 2009. 
  13. ^ Stolz, Greg (25 September 2009). "Ballina's Big Prawn may move to Gold Coast". The Courier-Mail. Retrieved 23 December 2012. 
  14. ^ Turnbull, Samantha (7 November 2011). "Long live the Big Prawn". ABC News. Retrieved 23 December 2012. 
  15. ^ Slurpee News: The Big Slurpee at www.slurpee.com.au
  16. ^ Conroy, John (1 June 2009). "And then along came a spider". The Border Mail (Albury-Wodonga, Australia). Retrieved 11 May 2010. 
  17. ^ Woods, Kim (27 August 2009). "Urana spider sensation". The Weekly Times. Retrieved 11 May 2010. 
  18. ^ Davis, William A. (17 January 1988). "Australia plans big bicentennial bash". The News and Courier. 
  19. ^ Passa, Dennis (3 October 2009). "NSW town makes a racquet for Goolagong". Brisbane Times. Archived from the original on 4 October 2009. 
  20. ^ Clark, Big Things, p. 136.
  21. ^ "History of the Big Windmill". The Big Windmill Motor Lodge. Archived from the original on 9 October 2010. 
  22. ^ Granite Belt Wine & Tourism Inc. "Landmark Legends of Stanthorpe". Granite Belt Wine Country Tourism Website. Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  23. ^ Clark, Big Things, p. 1-3.
  24. ^ Clark, Big Things, p. 4-5.
  25. ^ Clark, Big Things, p. 8.
  26. ^ Clark, Big Things, p. 6-7.
  27. ^ Pidgeon, Aleisha (12 September 2012). "Chermside's boot was made for talking". The Courier-Mail. Retrieved 18 December 2012. 
  28. ^ Clark, Big Things, p. 9.
  29. ^ Clark, Big Things, p. 10-13.
  30. ^ Clark, Big Things, p. 14-15.
  31. ^ Clark, Big Things, p. 16-17.
  32. ^ Clark, Big Things, p. 18-19.
  33. ^ Clark, Big Things, p. 20-21.
  34. ^ Clark, Big Things, p. 22-23.
  35. ^ Clark, Big Things, p. 24-25.
  36. ^ Clark, Big Things, p. 26.
  37. ^ Clark, Big Things, p. 27.
  38. ^ Clark, Big Things, p. 28-29.
  39. ^ Chrissy Arthur and Blythe Seinor. "Giant deck chair poses lofty problem". ABC News website. Retrieved 13 February 2013. 
  40. ^ Clark, Big Things, p. 30.
  41. ^ Granite Belt Wine & Tourism Inc. "Landmark Legends of Stanthorpe". Granite Belt Wine Country Tourism Website. Retrieved 7 February 2013. 
  42. ^ The Big Easel Van Gough Project
  43. ^ Clark, Big Things, p. 31-33.
  44. ^ Clark, Big Things, p. 34-37.
  45. ^ Hard Rock Cafe Website – Surfers Paradise Location
  46. ^ Clark, Big Things, p. 38-39.
  47. ^ Clark, Big Things, p. 40-41.
  48. ^ Clark, Big Things, p. 42-43.
  49. ^ Silva, Kristian (25 February 2014). "Crane driver fesses up to role in Big Mango's 'disappearance'". The Sydney Morning Herald. 
  50. ^ Davidson, Helen (25 February 2014). "'Stolen' big mango revealed as a hoax by Nando's". The Guardian. 
  51. ^ Clark, Big Things, p. 44.
  52. ^ Arthur, Chrissy (30 March 2011). "Giant ant to put outback Qld 'on the map'". ABC News. 
  53. ^ Clark, Big Things, p. 45.
  54. ^ Clark, Big Things, p. 46-47.
  55. ^ Clark, Big Things, p. 48.
  56. ^ Clark, Big Things, p. 49.
  57. ^ Clark, Big Things, p. 50-51.
  58. ^ Clark, Big Things, p. 52.
  59. ^ Clark, Big Things, p. 53.
  60. ^ Clark, Big Things, p. 54.
  61. ^ Clark, Big Things, p. 55.
  62. ^ "Gympie's Big Pineapple Crush". Gympie Times. 27 August 2008. Archived from the original on 19 November 2008. Retrieved 16 August 2009. 
  63. ^ Clark, Big Things, p. 56-57.
  64. ^ Bridie Jabour (17 October 2011). "Smoothing rough ends of Big Pineapple". Brisbane Times (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 4 November 2011. 
  65. ^ Clark, Big Things, p. 58-61.
  66. ^ Clark, Big Things, p. 62.
  67. ^ Clark, Big Things, p. 63.
  68. ^ Clark, Big Things, p. 64-65.
  69. ^ Clark, Big Things, p. 66-67.
  70. ^ Logan, Madeleine (17 February 2009). "Sausage King's kidnapping shakes Toowoomba". The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Queensland). Retrieved 26 June 2010. 
  71. ^ Gray, Steve (18 February 2009). "Giant 40kg sausage remains at large". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 26 June 2010. 
  72. ^ Campbell, Jim (23 December 2009). "Sausage King found at last". Brisbane Times. Retrieved 26 June 2010. 
  73. ^ Clark, Big Things, p. 68.
  74. ^ Clark, Big Things, p. 69.
  75. ^ Clark, Big Things, p. 70.
  76. ^ Clark, Big Things, p. 71.
  77. ^ Austin, Nigel (15 April 2009). "Marijan Bekic's farm tribute cast in stone". The Advertiser (Adelaide, South Australia). Retrieved 25 August 2009. 
  78. ^ "Wirra Wirra wine brand builds giant bottle made of corks". mUmBRELLA Everything under Australi'a media and marketing umbrella. 16 March 2010. Archived from the original on 1 May 2010. Retrieved 26 April 2010. 
  79. ^ Clark, Big Things, p. 173.
  80. ^ Clark, Big Things, pp. 174–175.
  81. ^ "Border Village". Sydney Morning Herald. 8 February 2004. Retrieved 28 September 2009. 
  82. ^ Clark, Big Things, pp. 176–179.
  83. ^ Clark, Big Things, pp. 180–183.
  84. ^ Clark, Big Things, pp. 171–172.
  85. ^ "Map the Miner destroyed in fire". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 1 June 2006. Archived from the original on 2 March 2008. 
  86. ^ Jenkin, Cara (28 December 2006). "Miner back on the map". The Advertiser. p. 13. 
  87. ^ "The big olive is up at Taliem Bend". The Murray Valley Standard. 15 April 2005. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. 
  88. ^ Clark, Big Things, p. 185.
  89. ^ "Big golf ball suggested as landmark". ABC News Online. 23 September 2008. Archived from the original on 26 September 2008. Retrieved 28 September 2008. 
  90. ^ Clark, Big Things, p. 186.
  91. ^ Clark, Big Things, p. 189.
  92. ^ O'Brien, Glen; Possingham, Sarah (28 May 2007). "The Big Pelican". ABC Riverland. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 28 August 2009. 
  93. ^ "Karoonda ram gets the finishing touches". ABC Rural. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 23 April 2003. Retrieved 28 August 2009. 
  94. ^ Clark, Big Things, pp. 191–192.
  95. ^ Clark, Big Things, pp. 182, 193.
  96. ^ Clark, Big Things, p. 194.
  97. ^ "Yabby City Restaurant". State Library of South Australia. 1989. Archived from the original on 4 October 2009. Retrieved 29 August 2009. 
  98. ^ Clark, Big Things, p. 195.
  99. ^ Gumbuya Park landmark blown up
  100. ^ Brewin, Rebecca (30 April 2013). "Not your average claim to fame: the story behind the World's Tallest Bin". ABC Goldfields. Retrieved 25 February 2014. 
  101. ^ "Australia salute Big Things". Gibbons Stamp Monthly. June 2007. Archived from the original on 26 February 2009. 

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