Big Merino

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Big Merino
Big Merino, Goulburn, Moondyne.jpg
Completion date1985; 36 years ago (1985)
SubjectMerino
Dimensions15.2 m (50 ft) tall
Weight97 tonnes (95 long tons; 107 short tons)
LocationGoulburn, New South Wales, Australia

The Big Merino is a 15.2 metres (50 ft) tall concrete merino ram, located in Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia. Nicknamed "Rambo" by locals, the Big Merino contains a gift shop on the ground floor and a wool display on the second floor. Visitors can climb to the top and look out through the Merino's eyes to view the local area.

The Big Merino was officially opened on 20 September 1985 at No.98 Hume St, Goulburn, approximately 800 metres north-east of its current location.

In 1992, the Hume Highway bypassed Goulburn, which resulted in a loss of 40 busloads of tourists to the Big Merino complex per day.[1] On 26 May 2007, the Big Merino was moved to a location closer to the Hume Highway to increase visitor numbers, and is now located near the freeway interchange at a service station. Today, a drive-through car wash occupies Rambo's original location.

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  1. ^ "Bypassed Rambo looks for new pastures". ABC Rural. 2005-10-03. Retrieved 2012-06-12. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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Coordinates: 34°46′21″S 149°41′28″E / 34.7726°S 149.691°E / -34.7726; 149.691