There are lots of ‘big’ things to see in Australia as far as famous sights go. Ed Stalley’s post on Uluru is just one example of that. In this post guest blogger Lauren Fritsky tell us about the literally really big things in Oz from giant bananas in New South Wales to big Lobsters in South Australia!
Australia lives up to the phrase, “Go big, or go home.” Around the country, you can spot as many as 150 large-scale objects, from fruit, to seafood to an old childhood toy. Check out these five big things to see on your visit Down Under.
1. The Big Banana
You can’t miss this landmark as you drive on the New South Wales coast in Coffs Harbour, almost midway between Sydney and Brisbane. Reputed to be the Land Down Under’s “biggest” big oddity, the yellow fruit was built in 1964 to help banana stall owner John Landy get customers. Builders took three months to construct the replica from plans drawn from a real banana cut into 40 pieces.
It’s more than just something to see — you can go inside the big banana and grab lunch, buy a souvenir or take a tour. There are also rides, including The Banana Slip, a super-tall water slide, and an ice rink.
2. The Big Lobster
There seems to be some competition between the Big Banana and the Big Lobster, if the website homepage of the latter is any indication. The large piece of seafood, found on Princes Highway in Kingston, South Australia, did come after the Banana, in 1979, and its birth is rumored to be an accident. The person who built the object at the behest of a local lobster fisherman reportedly got the measurements very wrong, which resulted in a tripling of the size! The final product was a steel and fiberglass lobster measuring 17-metres-high and weighing close to 4 tons. The Big Lobster is now a restaurant serving – what else – seafood.
If you drive north from Adelaide to the Barossa Valley region in South Australia, you can step up to – or inside – this 8.5-meter rocking horse in Gumeracha. There are two “big” titles claimed at this site. The rocking horse, built in 1981, is officially the largest in the world according to the Guinness Book of World Records. In addition, the company located on the site, the Toy Factory, is actually the largest wooden toy shop in the world. There’s a picnic area, café and wildlife park on the grounds as well.
This isn’t the only big koala in Australia – there’s another one in the same state, Victoria, at Dadswell Bridge on the Western Highway. This first koala is located on Phillip Island, about a two-hour drive from Melbourne in Victoria, and advertises a resort. This locale is near the “Penguin Parade,” where little penguins come home from hunting in the ocean to burrow in their sand dunes.
5. The Big Golden Guitar
This landmark sits on the New England Highway in Tamworth, New South Wales, home to the Country Music Festival. Unsurprisingly, it’s a nod to the golden guitars given at Australia’s Country Music Awards. The guitar was built in 1988 and measures 12-meters-high. There’s a lot going on inside the nearby tourist center: a music shop, café, a wax museum gems and minerals display.
Lauren is an American writer living in Australia who writes about her expat adventures in her blog ‘The Life that Broke’. For more ideas on what to see in Australia visit our Australia Travel Guide, where you will also find the latest holiday and flight offers.