I've seen a few of the Big Things and they are a massive tourist drawcard. They make brilliant photo opportunities for those who pass by and they make a perfect rest and recover stop for those long road trips. People stop and gawk. They line the family up in front of them and take a heap of photos. The Big Galah in Kimba is like this but with a bit of a twist. There's a double reason to stop at the Big Galah and grab a unique photo for your travel album.
Apart from being the biggest fibreglass bird you've ever seen, this 8-metre tall Big Thing is located at the geographical halfway point across Australia between Sydney and Perth.
Stopping here and taking one or two photos to share on your social media page is an absolute must. The boomerang-shaped sign over the shop entrance tells you that you've reached the magical halfway point across this great land. Stick around for a 10 minutes or so and you may even see a few of the real galahs flying overhead!
We met some travellers who had just crossed the Nullarbor from Perth. There were a stream of caravans and cars pulling in while we were there - stopping from both directions. The shop was about to close up for the day when we visited, so we were unable to take a look inside at the souveniers, jewellery made from locally sourced Cowell jade and perhaps grab a cup of coffee.
The Big Galah was built in 1993 and is hard to miss when driving into town. Kimba has a vibrant and very active arts community. The Edward John Eyre sculptures at the lookout are amazing and the newly finished colour silo mural is just stunning. The Galah joins them in giving visitors a very good reason to stop and spend a while in Kimba and soak up the unique art that's found there.
Kimba is a wheat town on the Eyre Peninsula with a population of roughly 1200. The word "Kimba" comes from the local Aboriginal word for bushfire. The emblem of the District Council of Kimba is a burning tree and is reflective of its indigenous name.