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The Big Lobster

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by Audrey (subscribe)
I am a writer living in Adelaide. I love food and travel.
Published January 3rd 2021
A giant red crustacean in the Limestone Coast

Built in 1979, the Big Lobster has become an icon of the township of Kingston SE. It took six months to build and had internal steel frames coated with styrofoam and fiberglass. All of its sections were carefully transported from Adelaide by road. Just imagine seeing a huge structure like this moving along the highway at that time!

A real lobster was used as a model to construct the giant red crustacean. All parts of the lobster were measured in inches and multiplied up to metres. Construction then began piece by piece from the inside out, starting with its intricate details and continuing on to its antennae, legs and shell.

As one of Australia's "big things", the spiny lobster is 17 metres in height, 15 metres in length and 14 metres in width. It weighs more than seven tonnes and has since been affectionately known to the locals as Larry the Lobster. It stands proud on the Princes Highway at the entrance to the town.
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Why? A giant red crustacean in the Limestone Coast
When: Anytime
Where: Princes Highway, Kingston SE, SA
Cost: Free
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