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Big Australian Tourist Attractions

Updated on February 23, 2012

Australia has many natural wonders..the Great Barrier Reef, Sydney Harbour, Uluru, the Top End, glorious beaches and the Phillip Island Penguin Parade to name but a few but for the discerning tourist, there are other intriguing, man-made attractions to inspire the adventurous visitor.

Enormous structures can be found dotted throughout regional Australia - inspiring shrines to our fruits, vegetables, agricultural industries and native animals. They are reflections of a nation swamped by pride and largesse but most of all they are BIG. In country Australia...size matters.

The Big Merino

Overseas vistors are often beguiled by the proud Merino, which stands guard over the Trappers Inn in Goulburn NSW like a woolly sphinx. This magnificent ram would surely compare with any of the wonders of the world. It has the majestic bearing of the Taj Mahal, the structural integrity of the Pyramids and the inscrutable mystery of an Easter Island Statue.

The Big Gumboot

Any Australian will tell you that gumboots are an essential part of our wet weather gear as well as a symbol of our sartorial elegance. Matched with an Akubra hat and RM Williams moleskins, the rural Australian male is hard to beat for macho style.

In recent years it's become popular to wear your gumboots with an appliqued plastic green tree frog, as the little amphibians are common to the area. Many a farmer has felt the squishy horror of a frog in the bottom of the gumboot, while dressing in the morning.

The eight metre high Golden Gumboot is brought to you by the Tully Council in Queensland, in recognition of a town that proudly held the 1950 record for the highest rainfall in Australia.

The Big Koala

Our much loved, unique Australian animals are always a popular draw for visitors but as they are now an endangered species, stocks are low.

Not be deflated by this situation we decided to build one big Koala. Hence the attractive monolith at right - now a sacred place where marusupial worshippers can gaze in awe at our national bear.

Although at first glance The Big Koala may appear to be a paper-mache mish-mash put together by giant pre-schoolers, it is in fact a skillfully constructed piece of contemporary art, admired by International art critics. The Koala can be found at Dadswells Bridge, Victoria.

The Big Potato

The Big Potato - also sometimes disrespectfully referred to as The Big Turd by jealous overseas visitors, just oozes Aussie charm. Set in the delightful potato growing region of Robertson, in the NSW highlands, the potato is a testament to the architectural genius of its creators,

Such a complex design took many months to complete and alas, the magnificent structure was recently wantonly mocked by despicable vandals, who thought it would be amusing to turn it into a Mr. Potato head (see photo at right). Fortunately, the Big Potato has been lovingly restored by it's original designer, local farmer Jim Mauger and continues to charm and entrance people from all over the world.

The Big Ned kelly

The Big Ned Kelly is a tribute to our national hero, outlaw Ned Kelly. The aura and stance of this friendly but imposing figure, cradling his loaded gun, is strategically placed to welcome visitors while at the same time serving as a gentle warning to tourists, not to mess with us or we'll blow their heads off.

You'll find the six metre high Ned on the main street of Glenrowan in Victoria, near the site where the real life Ned was himself blown to smithereens by a shower of police bullets. Fun times in Glenrowan. Inside the General Store you'll find a plethora of Ned Kelly memorabilia - perfect souvenirs to send back home to loved ones.

The Big Banana

What curious tourist visiting the spectacular north coast of NSW could resist the lure of the Big Banana? In the best tradition of regional kitsch the bulky banana reflects the significant industry of the this case, bananas.

The giant yellow fruit, which has been described as "a bunch of fun", rests just outside the busy tourist destination of beautiful Coffs Harbour and houses a delightful tourist gift shop, where visitors may purchase banana key rings, butter dishes and various pieces of quaint Australiana made in China.

The Big Pineapple

Such fruity delights we have in this corner of the world! The Pinapple has long been a symbol of tropical plenty and nowhere is this delicious connection more evident than in the Big Pineapple, billed by its owners as the "taste of Queensland". Yum.

The Pineapple, which is located at Woombye, close to Nambour in Queensland, is 16 metres high and has been sitting grandly on its owner's rural property for forty years. Visitors to the Pineapple can hop on the Nutmobile for a fun ride or alternatively, take an exciting mini-train through the pineapple plantation, accompanied by an informative tourist guide who will explain the local flora and fauna.

The Big Mango

Not to be outdone by The Big Pineapple, The Big Mango has its own colourful charms. You'll find the Mango in Bowen, right next to the Bowen Visitor Information Centre on the Bruce Highway, overlooking Edgecumbe Bay.

Here you can by unique Mango souvenirs, jams, snacks, drinks and best of all the famous locally produced Mango Ice Cream, which is so delicious you may never leave.

The Big Prawn

How attractive is The BIg Prawn? This giant, salmon pink crustation rests proudly but precariously on top of the Trident Fish Bar, Cafe and Gemstone Museum. It's spindly claws hug the glass structure protectively, like a sentinal gaurding the precious gems inside.

The adorable Prawn is the chief feature the charming town of Ballina on eastern coast of NSW

The Big Peanut

Standing erect like an eccentric scarecrow, The Big Peanut presents a warm, smiling face to the casual visitor, as if to welcome them to the region and indeed those outstretched arms, just visible beneath the head, further cement this impression.

The Peanut's jaunty top hat is meant to sublty alert the tourist to the area's formal dress code, which includes dressing for dinner and not being seen in town without a hat.Queensland peanut growers pride themselves on their traditional, elegant standards.

The tasteful Big Peanut stands in front of the Big Peanut Fruit Shop, in the Atherton Tablelands and is really not that big but since peanuts are small, it seems big.

Note to the Tourist

Dear potential tourist,

The monuments featured here are just the tip of the iceberg..I. haven't even mentioned The Big Ant, The Big Abalone, The Big Apple, The Big Avocado, The Big Canetoad, The Big Galah, The Big Glasses, The Big Gold Panner, The Big Axe, The Big Blue Heeler, The Big Boomerang, The Big Lawnmower, The Big Mandarin, The Big Macadamia, The Big Guitar (Tamworth), The Big Guitar (Narrandera)The Big Joint, The Big Orange, The Big Bottle, The Big Hotdog, The Big Lamington, The Big Kangaroo, The Big Milkshake, The Big Milkshake Container, The Big Miner, The Big Mobile Phone, The Big Mosquito, The Big Muffler, The Big Murray Cod (Swan Hill), The Big Murray Cod (Tocumwal), The Big Barramundi, The Big Marlin, The Big Trout, The Big Mushroom, The Big Pavlova and...phew, sorry I just can't go on...there's too many.

I, I'm sure, I've whetted your appetite for Australian travel with this commentary on our fabulous BIG attractions. Who could resist? See you when you get here!


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      debbie 6 years ago

      In Penguin, guessed it........the BIG PENGUIN....and around Christmas it is dressed in a Santa suit!

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      tiagoz 6 years ago

      Oh I didn`t know Australia is al about big structures. The Big Koala is my favorite!

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      Rochelle Frank 6 years ago from California Gold Country

      Why is Australia keeping these things a secret? I never heard of the big potato and the big prawn before. Here in California we used to have a giant orange that was a hamburger stand and a giant donut that was a donut shop, but I think they are now gone.

      Fun hub.

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      Jane Bovary 6 years ago from The Fatal Shore

      Thanks GJ56, hope you get here one day.

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      GJ56 6 years ago

      It's a dream of mine to visit Australia...I will one day! Great hub!

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      Jane Bovary 6 years ago from The Fatal Shore

      waxi, whatever you do, don't try and eat the monuments..:)

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      Jane Bovary 6 years ago from The Fatal Shore

      Hi Rod, I believe a couple of other Big Bananas have sprung up, so maybe they outsize the original?

      No, I've never had a chocolate covered frozen banana but it's now on my list..:)

      The north coast is beautiful, I agree.

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      Jane Bovary 6 years ago from The Fatal Shore

      MPG, yes the potato is not to be missed!

      I've got a little banana-shaped dish I got from a vist to the Big Banana and it's one of my favoutite things.


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      Jane Bovary 6 years ago from The Fatal Shore

      Drbj, thanks, that's very BIG of you..:)

      BTW, an excellent choice there. Why bother with Uluru when you can see The Big Potato...?

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      Jane Bovary 6 years ago from The Fatal Shore

      Haha thanks Austin...if there's not a big star, there SHOULD be!

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      waxi 6 years ago

      Very informative hub and frankly as a food lover my mouth is watery


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      Rod Marsden 6 years ago from Wollongong, NSW, Australia

      The Prawn at Ballina is looking rather shabby these days. The Big Banana used to be The Biggest Banana in the World. I have no idea why it was demoted to just big. Ever had a chocolate covered frozen banana? I don't know if you can still get them at The Big Banana or not. Well, I do love the north coast of NSW with its Big Prawn and Big Banana. I will vote up.

      Austin I do reckon Texas should have the BIG star since they boast of having only one so it better be a humdinger. In the land of OZ we have five really important stars called the southern cross.

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      Marie Giunta 6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      We have a big potato? There's one I haven't seen yet, thanks Jane. BTW, my family enjoyed the Big Banana years ago, it really is worth a visit to that one.

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      drbj and sherry 6 years ago from south Florida

      I know Australia is a BIG country but never realized before, Jane, how many really BIG things there are to see there. I am particularly enthralled by The BIG Potato and it will be among the first of the big attractions for me to visit up close and personal. Thanks for that BIG list which I shall cherish.

      Voted up AND useful.

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      Lela 6 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      Is there a Big Star anywhere? Or are ya'll waiting for me to come visit?

      You should work for the tourist board of Aussie Land! Great hub.