Big Tourist Attractions in Australia

Australia is a big place, heck it takes 5 hours to fly from the east coast to the west. A big country likes this is bound to have its share of “big things” and today we want to show you some of Australia’s oversized tourist attractions.

From giant fruit and vegetables to a creepy looking koala on steroids this article has it all!

Situated halfway between Sydney and Brisbane this is probably the most well known of the “Big Thing” in Australia. Opened on the 22nd of December 1964 this iconic landmark is a regular stop for tourists. It sits on acres of banana plantations and boasts an ice rink, wild toboggan ride and inflatable water slide.

The Galah is one of Australia’s favorite birds and this tribute in South Australia was built in 1993. Made from fiberglass over a steel frame it was built as a tourist trap for the local tourist shop to highlight the Galahs that frequent the area.

One of the larger of the ‘Big Things’ the Big Lobster is located in Kingston, a well-known port in South Australia. Known locally as ‘Larry’ this massive lobster was actually a mistake as the original measurements were in feet yet built in meters. It houses a restaurant and gift shop.

This is an unusual sculpture by a famous Australian artist Brett Whiteley near the Art Gallery of New South Wales. The sculpture is called “Almost Once”, and was donated to the gallery a year before the artist’s death. It features two matches, one burnt and one unused and is an eye-catcher in the Woolloomooloo area.

The Big Merino or ‘Rambo’ as he is known locally is dedicated to the wool industry in the Goulburn area. It was built in 1985 as a roadside stop. In 1994 the attraction saw a huge drop in visitors with the introduction of the National Freeway bypass. Some 13 years later ‘Rambo’ was relocated to try and boost visitor numbers.

The Big eapple can be found at the Sunshine Plantation, a tourist theme park in Woombye (near Nambour). This Big eapple stands 16m tall at the entrance to the plantation. Information can be found about the tropical fruit industry within the Big eapple as well as a great view from its summit.

The Big Prawn, or shrimp as some people may call it, is located in the town of Ballina just near the New South Wales and Queensland border. It is a tribute to the local seafood industry and sits on top of a gift shop and food stalls.

The town of Glenrowan was the place where the infamous Australian bush ranger Ned Kelly had his final shootout. Located roughly 200km north of Melbourne the statue stands in front of the Ned Kelly Motel and service station, his rifle at the ready.

Bathurst is famous for a couple of things, the Bathurst 500 motor race and as being one of the first towns to discover gold, way back in 1823. The Big Gold Panner can be found in front of the Gold Panner Motel on the Great Western Highway and presents a gold-panner loing somewhat hopefully at his pan. The statue was built back in 1979.

Australia’s country music capital, Tamworth, is home to the Big Golden Guitar. It is moed on the Golden Guitar trophies that are given to the winners at the Country Music Awards. The statue was unveiled by Australia’s “King of Country” Slim Dusty in 1988.

Rumor has it that there are over 150 of these over-sized structures across the country, some such as the Big Miner featuring in more than one state.

We hope that this gave you a bit of an insight into the quirky Australian culture and really encourage any feedback.

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4 thoughts on “Big Tourist Attractions in Australia

  1. Looking at these photos one get’s the impression that Australians like to think big!

  2. Australia is broad and has many interesting wildlife for visiting. Thanks for sharing your journey’s stories to down under. Good Luck.

  3. Hunter valley has some really wonderful accommodations like this one which is cosy and within good distance to the attractions in the area. I observed it while visiting and looking for a suitable

    Thanks,
    Victor

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