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Australia - A Big Country with Big Things

Have you ever driven through a town that has a sign boasting its name, population and why it is known? Have you spotted an incredibly large prawn, banana or cow whilst cruising through the main street?

What is it that makes Australians boast their local industry, rainfall, wildlife or talents? Enhanced in size attractions seem to be the Aussie thing to do as you will find as you travel this country. Australia is a big country with big things in each state and territory and a reason behind each one.

I thought we would mention a few:

Queensland has dinosaurs at Richmond and Hughenden, a merino at Blackall, a dugong and several cattle at Rockhampton. Queensland also boasts a big marlin in Cairns, a miner in Rubyvale, a juicy mango in Bowen, a huge crocodile in Normanton (a life size replica – scary), a gumboot in Tully, a cassowary in Mission Beach and the not so welcome yet abundant cane toad in Sarina.

New South Wales has a big prawn at Ballina, a big banana at Coffs Harbour, an oversized Murray cod in Tocumwal, the Golden Guitar at Tamworth, a big ant at Broken Hill, cows at Nambour and the dog on the Tucker Box in Gundagai. And if you’re heading from Brisbane to Sydney via the Pacific Highway, at some stage you will see a lump of concrete imitating Uluru!

South Australia boasts Australia’s and the world’s biggest geoglyph. Beat That! The Marree Man is a figure cut into the earth and is about 4 kilometres from head to toe. The Marree Man was first discovered in 1998, is located in the outback of South Australia, approximately 20 kilometres from the town of Marree, and who cut the figure still remains a mystery. South Australia also has a miner in Kapunda, an orange in Berri, a lobster in Kingston and a galah in Kimba.

Of course the Northern Territory has a big crocodile in Humpty Doo. I would have thought also a giant mozzie but it seems Hexham in New South Wales has already claimed ‘Ozzie the Mozzie’  built to celebrate the largest biting mosquito in Australia known as the Hexham Grey. Yet the Northern Territory is also proud of their alien town Wycliffe Well which is recently ranked fifth place as having the most UFO activity in the world. Visit Wycliffe Well and be welcomed by aliens, the incredible hulk, the phantom and even Elvis Presley.

Across to Western Australia and once again you will find a huge crocodile in Wyndham. Our three top end states clearly advertise they have reptilian man eaters as part of their ecosystem. Western Australia also has a big apple in Donnybrook, a camera at Meckering, a banana in Carnarvon and a cow in Brunswick Junction.

Victoria boasts a cod in Swan Hill, abalone in Laverton, a bottle in Rutherglen, a rolling pin in Wodonga and a big cigarette in Myrtleford. A bit of an interesting mixture for a small state and yet there’s more. Victoria has wool bales in Hamilton, a killer whale at Phillip Island and supersized Ned Kelly at Glenrowan.

Tasmania has a big Tasmanian devil, of course, plus a coffee pot in Deloraine and a three metre tall penguin at the town called Penguin. Well, that makes sense. I imagine the locals would say “Meet me at the Penguin and we’ll do coffee.”

It seems the Australian Capital Territory boasts a mushroom. I wonder if it is because the ACT houses our government who seem to keep us in the dark!?

Pictured above is the Big Easel at Emerald, Queensland.  This big painting is of Van Gogh's sunflowers, and is one of seven enormous sunflower paintings around the world. Measuring an impressive 7 x 10 metres the painting rests on a 25 metre, 17,000kg steel easel. The seven sites selected have a connection to sunflower agriculture or a connection to Van Gogh himself. So it seems every big thing has a story behind it. 

Have you seen something big on your travels? Please let us all know via GNA’s forum under category Article Feedback. We would also love to see a photo too.

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