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Published April 13th 2013
See amazing things in WA
Western Australia is a big state and it is full of big things. We have fun tourist attractions like the Big Lobster in Dongara, the Big Banana in Carnarvon, the Big Apple in Donnybrook and the Big Orange in Harvey. We also have lots of big landmarks, buildings, and naturally occurring wonders.
1. Mount Augustus. Located 460km east of Carnarvon is Mount Augustus. It is the largest 'rock' in the world, it is eight kilometres long and covers an area of 4,795 hectares. Mount Augustus is twice the size of Uluru.
2. Wolfe Creek Meteorite Crater. Located in the East Kimberley Region, the Wolfe Creek Meteorite Crater is 850 metres across and more than 50 metres deep. It was formed about three hundred thousand years ago and is the second largest meteorite crater in the world.
3. Tower Zero. One of the largest towers in the Southern Hemisphere is located near Exmouth. Tower Zero rises 387 metres above the skyline and is part of the Harold E Holt Navel Communications Station. This station played an important role relaying messages to ships during World War II.
4. The Giant Ram. Visit Wagin to see the Giant Ram, built to recognise the ties between Wagin and the wool industry. Weighing four tonnes, Bart the Giant Ram is 13 metres long and 9 metres high. This monument is apparently the second largest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.
5. Leeuwin II. The Leeuwin II is Australia's largest sail training tall ship. The Leeuwin is over 55 metres long, its main mast is 33 metres tall and it has over 810 square metres of sail. The public can visit or sail on the Leeuwin II, either as crew or on short voyages with an experienced crew.
6. Busselton Jetty. Busselton Jetty is the longest timber jetty in the Southern Hemisphere. It was built in 1865 and is 1.8km long, stretching from Busselton into Geographe Bay. A railway line runs along the length of the jetty and, almost at the end, you will find The Underwater Observatory.
7. 90 Mile Straight. Australia's longest section of straight road runs on the Eyre Highway between Balladonia and Caiguna. There are no twists, turns or bends and you will not even find a single small curve in the road.
8. Whale Sharks. Along Ningaloo Reef on the Coral Coast you will find the biggest fish in the world. The Whale Sharks grow up to eighteen metres in length but are quite docile. Ningaloo Reef is one of only a few places on earth where you can actually swim around these massive creatures.
9. Pannikin Planes Caves. The Pannikin Planes Caves are located near Cocklebiddy and are one of the largest, longest and deepest underwater cave systems in the world. The cave system reaches depths of up to 3.5km.
10. Lake Ballard Sculptures. Lake Ballard, near Kalgoorlie, is home to one of the worlds largest outdoor galleries. Over a ten square metre area, there is a collection of fifty-one steel sculptures created by well known artist Antony Gormley.
These are just some of the 'Big' things to visit in Western Australia and there are many, many more. For further details about these places and others check out the Tourism Western Australia website.