The big statues of Australia are somewhat of a cult phenomenon. Often described as tourist traps, over 150 of them can be found along major tourist routes.
The first to go up is thought to be the Giant Scotsman in Adelaide and many of these are registered as heritage sites. Love them or hate them, every last statue is a photo op not to be missed. Here are some of the best ones to keep an eye out the bus window for.
The Big Banana, Coffs Harbour
The biggest banana in the world has been a Coffs Harbour landmark since 1964. It was the brainchild of John Landi, the owner of a roadside banana store, who wanted to encourage passing motorists to stop and shop. He drew his inspiration from Hawaii’s famous huge pineapple.
Today the giant banana marks the site of a water park and entertainment area which includes cafes and a banana plantation tour. And their catch phrase? It’s a whole bunch of fun! Be sure to be on the lookout for this one. The big banana is located just north of Coffs Harbour on the Pacific Highway.
The Big Prawn, Ballina
The big prawn very nearly found itself on the scrapheap after falling into a state of disrepair. Locals rallied against the Ballina Shire Council who had slated it for demolition and eventually Bunnings Warehouse bought the giant crustacean and the adjacent land. The huge remodeled prawn now sits on a stand outside the store in northern New South Wales.
The Big Pineapple, Woombye
This 16m high, 2 storey pineapple sits outside the Sunshine (pineapple) Plantation. Visitors can take a tourist train tour of the plantation.
In 2013 the first music festival was held at the site featuring acclaimed Perth rockers, Birds of Tokyo, as the headline act. Organisers are planning on making the Big Pineapple Music Festival an annual event.
The Big Bottle, Bundaberg
The Big Bottle of Bundy sits outside the Bundaberg Distilling Company in Bundaberg. The Bundaberg bottle is 6m tall and has been there since 1988. The iconic rum, famous for its distinctive taste and polar bear (Bundy bear) ads put Bundaberg on the map. Take the tour, taste the rum and snap a photo alongside the giant sized bottle.
The Big Cassowary, Mission Beach
Cassowaries are large, heavy birds, third in size to ostriches and emus. They’re native to northeastern Australia and you’re bound to see a few of them if you make it this far. This 5m tall statue is at Wongaling Beach in the town of Mission Beach. It’s a far safer photo op than chasing down the cantankerous 1.8m, 60kg birds.
The Big Ned Kelly, Glenrowan
This is the scene of the final stand of the Kelly gang. 3 of the gang died here and Ned Kelly, clad in his homemade armour, became a national hero when he chose to return to rescue his brother and friend instead of securing his own escape. He was later hanged as a murderer in Melbourne. The 6m statue stands in front of a gift and souvenir shop.
XXXX “Tinnie” at the Kulgera Pub, Kulgera
The Kulgera Pub, Kulgera, population 6, is a hugely popular outback stop off the Stuart Highway. Outside you’ll find one of the big greats a giant sized can (tinnie) of the quintessential Australian beer XXXX and a great photo op. It also boasts the title of the centre most pub in Australia.
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