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The Top 10 Iconic Big Things in Australia

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by Pauline (subscribe)
Published March 26th 2013
All the big things around Australia
Australia is famous for many big things (large sculptures) along major roads, which were mostly built by store owners to attract visitors to their stores in the early days. However, these big things soon become major tourist attractions or photo stops. Some of the big things which are iconic to Australia include:

redback spider, big thing,
The Big Redback Spider, by Stuart Edwards

1. The Big Redback Spider
Top Redback is Australia's top 10 deadliest creatures especially the female bite.
Where: Redback Garden Center in Eight Mile Plains, Brisbane

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The Big Banana, by Stuart Edwards

2. The Big Banana
Rumour has it that it was set up by the roadside in the 60s to attract attention of oncoming traffic to a banana stall, which has now gone big business. It has a tourist complex with banana-themed gift shop, cafe and plantation tours.
Where: Coffs Harbour

Giant Koala, big thing,
The Giant Koala, by Bilby

3. The Big Koala
The cute and cuddly koala has become an iconic animal which is only found in Australia. It is known for spending most of their lives asleep. This Giant Koala houses a gift shop and a cafe inside.
Where: Dadswell Bridge, Victoria

big kangaroo, big thing,
The Big Kangaroo, Source: Wikipedia

4. The Big Kangaroo
Also known as Rooey II, this big thing is Australia's biggest Kangaroo. It was originally built to entice travellers to pull over for a break.
Where: Border Village, Eyre Highway, Adelaide

Big Crocodile, big thing
The big Crocodile, by Christopher Rosser

5. The Big Crocodile
It's an animal often being associated to Australia's Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin. They are often featured in Aboriginal stories, songs and artwork.
Where: Wyndham, Western Australia

Big Platypus, big thing
The Big Platypus, by Stuart Edwards

6. The Big Platypus
Platypuses are uniquely Australian, especially on the east coast and the aboriginal legend has it that it was product of a water rat and an unsuspecting duck.
Where: Axeman's Hall of Fame in La Trobe, Tasmania

Big tasmanian devil, big thing
The big Tasmanian Devil, by Ellgees, Source: Flickr

7. The Big Tasmanian Devil
The size is just about a small dog but it is the largest carnivorous marsupial in the world, which is found only in the wild on Tasmania island in Australia. This was built as a memento to late resident "Mickey", whose was buried underneath it.
Where: Trowunna Wildlife Park, Mole Creek, Tasmania

big golden guitar, country music, tamworth,
The Big Golden Guitar, by Rod Edwards

8. The Big Golden Guitar
Tamworth is known as the home of country music. The big golden guitar is modelled on the Golden Guitar trophies which are awarded to the winners at Tamworth Country Music Festival. It has been known as the best point of interest in New England, NSW.
Where: Tamworth, New South Wales

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The Big Lobster, by Riana Dzasta

9. The Big Lobster
Known as "Larry" locally, the big lobster is a major attraction in town. It was built to attract tourists to the visitor centre and a restaurant located behind the sculpture.
Where: Kingston, South Australia

big pineapple, big thing,
The Big Pineapple, Source: Wikipedia

10. The Big Pineapple
It is known to be one of the world's largest pineapple, which is now a tourist attraction on a 165 hectare site. The plantation features a small animal farm and two rides, the Nut Mobile and a train ride. Both rides bring visitors around the plantation with guided tour by the driver.
Where: Woombye, Queensland

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Train ride at Big Pineapple, Source; Wikipedia

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Nut Mobile ride at the Big Pineapple, Source: Wikipedia

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Your Comment
What about the Big Merino in Goulburn, NSW. It currently is wearing a handknitted scarf, which is well worth seeing.
by marel (score: 1|14) 3098 days ago
Thanks Maril!
by Pauline (score: 2|112) 3099 days ago
The big lobster isn't in Adelaide. Kingston is on the Limestone Coast in the south of South Australia.
by maril (score: 1|14) 3099 days ago
The big rocking horse is great to see.
by gailm0 (score: 1|11) 3051 days ago
There's a big ram in Wagin, Australia.
by An (score: 1|83) 933 days ago
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