Australia's Obsession with 'Big Things' Part II

By Ophelia

Thanks to The Enforcer, I've managed to find some more of Australia's Big Things with pictures! It is only now that I realise the true extent of the obsession...You can find Part I of my exploration of some of Australia's Big Things here.

Big Apple: Donnybrook, WA

This little (big) gem can be found in an orchard where you can pick your own fruit. Apparently you can actually get up inside the Apple and check out the view.

Big Axe: Kendall, NSW

The town of Kendall is named after poet Henry Kendall. Apparently one of his poems mentions an axe... Go figure.

Big Barramundi: Daintree, Qld

This big fish can be found atop the Big Barramundi BBQ Gardens in the Far North Queensland town of Daintree. Apparently it's near a Butterfly farm, I think I'd prefer to see a Big Butterfly myself. But as far as Big Things go, this one isn't too bad.

Big Bird: Gippsland, Vic

This Big Bird sits at the entrance to a flora and fauna park on the road from Warragul. Admittedly not the most attractive bird I've ever seen, but probably the biggest.

Big Bunch of Bananas: Sawtell, NSW

Apparently this bunch of bananas was a hot topic for many Big Things enthusiasts, as it isn't as big as your average Big Thing, and there was some debate as to how big a thing had to be before it could be listed (?!). These bananas are located near the mummy banana mentioned in Big Things I.

Big Cassowary: Mission Beach, Qld

Another big bird. Apparently this one is a 'must for all bird lovers'. So all you bird lovers out there now know where your next holiday destination is.

Big Captain Cook: Cairns, Qld

I couldn't find a lot of information out about this one, but I guess when you look at all the other Big Things we have here, I'm not at all surprised we have a big Captain Cook.

Big Crocodile: Normanton, Qld

This big crocodile is 18 metres long, and 3 metres high. I can guarantee that if I was to come face to face with a crocodile this big, I would choose this one. And no, I don't know who the children are, but if you're one of them, email me!

Big Galah: Kimba, SA

The Big Galah sits outside a little tourist gift shop in Kimba called 'Half Way Across Australia'. It's named this because the town is pretty much exactly between the East and West coasts of Australia. This galah appears to be a touch on the skinny side.

Big Gold Panner: Bathurst, NSW

This rather large fellow sits outside a motel of the same name. I wonder if he's found his fortune yet, his knees must be a tad sore.

Big Koala: Dadswells Bridge, Vic

This is one mighty huge koala! It stands at 14 metres tall and was completed in 1989, it's technically called the Giant Koala, but for the purposes of this exercise 'Big' fits much better.. It houses a touristy type shop apparently. It can be found on the Western Highway between Melbourne and Adelaide in one of my favourite places in Australia - The Grampians.

Big Koalas: Coffs Harbour, NSW

Aww, aren't they cute? Yes, more koalas. These ones sit outside the Coffs Harbour Zoo.

Big Marlin: Cairns, Qld

I can't seem to find a whole lot of information on this fishy character. I'd like to know how tall it is, so if anyone finds out, let me know. It's apparently near a shopping centre in Cairns, but that's about all I can find out.

Big Map the Miner: Kapunda, SA

This is an 8 metre tall bronze sculpture of Map Kernow who was a miner. The sculpture was done by an artist called Van Zetten.

Big Murray Cod: Tocumwal, NSW

Apparently this was the first Big Thing in the country. It was built in the 1960's after three women decided to raise the money for it through raffles, dances and street stalls. Why you would ever raise money to create a Big Thing is beyond me, but obviously these people saw fit to do it. In 2000 the fish received a makeover due to some bullet holes and cracked fins. This one is a huge 7 metres long!

Big Ned Kelly: Glenrowan, Vic

Ned Kelly stands at 6 metres tall, and apparently you can buy Ned Kelly snow domes from the souvenir shop, I'm not sure why you'd want to, but it's good to know that you can...

Big Orange: Berri, SA

Well, this is the South Australian version of the Big Orange. I don't really know what to say about it, but I've heard it's pretty crappy. Probably no more crappy than half of the other Big Things I've mentioned though. Oh, and Berri is renowned for it's oranges, hence the Big Orange.

Big Scotsman: Adelaide, SA

Ooh, yet another South Australian one. This one I'm quite familiar with, I've driven past it several times. It stands atop Scotty's Motel.

Big Red Back Spider: Brisbane, Qld

This spider can be found in Brisbane's Technology Park, about 12 minutes from the city. Couldn't find much more information about this one, but why would you glorify a spider... yuck.

Big Tap: Phillip Island, Vic

This Big Tap is on a lonely stretch of road on Victoria's Phillip Island. Apparently it's an advertisement for a soft drink company. Curiouser and curiouser...

Big Tasmanian Devil: Mole Creek, Tasmania

The picture isn't great, but you get the general idea of it. This Tasmanian Devil can be found outside the Trowunna Wildlife Park in Tasmania (you wouldn't have guessed the Tasmania part, would you).

Big Winch: Coober Pedy, SA

Coober Pedy is the centre of Opal mining in Australia. I quite like this Big Thing.

Big Wine Cask: Wentworth, NSW

This one is a classic, it's absolutely huge! I have no idea how much wine it would take to fill this cask, but if anyone would like to have a guess, let me know!


I know that there are still some Big Things I've missed, but some of them really aren't worth mentioning... Thanks again to The Enforcer for pointing me in the direction of a couple of very useful sites.