10 “big” things to see in Australia

If you want a “big” holiday down under you’ll want to check out some of these star attractions such as the Big Banana, the Big Pineapple and the Big Prawn. These large novelty structures are a great chance for a road trip, or simply to break the journey along the way. If you’d like to get up close and personal with some of them here’s a list of some of these and VIP accommodation you can utilise nearby.


Pic: Big Things Postcard, Wikimedia Commons.

New South Wales
Big Banana, Coffs Harbour
You can’t miss the Big Banana should you come to Coffs Harbour (a good stopping point on a road trip from Sydney to Brisbane). It lies right on the highway and has a complex with banana-themed souvenir shop and tours of the surrounding plantation.
Where to stay: Coffs Harbour

Big Golden Guitar, Tamworth
Tamworth is the home of Australian country music and where the annual country music awards are handed out. This love of all these and strummed has taken the form of a giant guitar, modelled on the Golden Guitar trophies given to winners at the awards.

Pic: Stuart, Wikimedia Commons

Pic: Stuart, Wikimedia Commons

Where to stay: Byron Bay

Big Prawn, Ballina
Bunnings Warehouse purchased the site where the Big Prawn resides and have refurbished it with a new tail and plan to hold a Prawn Festival there this November where various festivities will take place including a prawn shelling competition. The prawn dates back to 1989 but was built without a tail – Bunnings added the tail and even raised it three metres.
Where to stay: Byron Bay

Big Wine Bottle, Pokolbin
If you don’t mind a drop of wine you’ll probably want to visit Sydney’s vineyards at some point in the wonderful Hunter Valley (we do offer tours to this region). If you go to a few cellar doors for free wine tasting rest assured when you see the giant bottle at Pokolbin, the alcohol isn’t having that much of an effect. This is a large bottle and is located in the Hunter Valley Gardens.
Where to stay: Sydney

Northern Territory

Pic: Stuart Edwards, Wikimedia Commons.

Pic: Stuart Edwards, Wikimedia Commons.

The Big Boxing Crocodile, Humpty Doo
Just 40km from Darwin this outback town features a large, upright crocodile in deference to the aggressive local crocodile population found nearby. Hopefully you’ll never meet a real crocodile in this pose.
Where to stay: Darwin

The Big Barramundi, Daintree
This is the fish that got away – it sits perched on top of the Big Barramundi BBQ Gardens in Daintree, a good spot to visit when visiting the famed rainforest north of Cairns.
Where to stay: Cairns

The Big Captain Cook, Cairns
This 10m statue modelled on the explorer Captain Cook on the Captain Cook Highway has been pointing south for 40 years. There is some talk the site may have been redeveloped but we are yet to confirm. If anyone knows what has happened to the statue let us know!
Where to stay: Cairns

The Big Pineapple, Nambour
At 16m in height this formidable fruit has been watching tourists pass by since 1971. It lies on a pineapple plantation and you can visit to eat all things fruity or go inside the structure to learn more about pineapples.
Where to stay: Brisbane, Noosa

South Australia
The Big Scotsman, Adelaide
If you’re afraid of men in kilts then don’t go here, otherwise ‘Scotty’, dating back to 1963 is located at Scotty’s Motel in the inner-city suburb of Medindie playing his pipes. The designer of Paul Kelly also built the Big Lobster.

The Big Ned Kelly, Glenrowan
To get a look at Australia’s most famed bushranger head north of Melbourne to Glenrowan to see the six metre tall statue of the larger than life man who is part of Australian folklore. There’s plenty of souvenirs here too.
Where to stay: Melbourne


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