Big things (Australia)

The big things of Australia are large structures, some of which are novelty architecture and some sculptures. In Australia, big things have come to be seen as a uniquely Australian phenomenon, although they emerged at the same time as the so-called Roadside Giants (fibreglass sculptures of things) of the United States. These structures have become affectionately known landmarks scattered throughout the country. In 2022, there were about 230 big things in Australia.[1] There are big things in each state and some territories in continental Australia.

A selection of Australia's big things

History and importance edit

Originally, many of these big things were conceived as tourist traps strategically placed along major roads, enticing travelers to make a stop and explore the surrounding areas. They served as eye-catching attractions, drawing attention to local businesses and promoting tourism in the region. Over time, these structures have evolved beyond their initial purpose and have acquired a special place in Australian culture.

The big things have garnered significant attention from locals and visitors, becoming something of a cult phenomenon. Travelling to visit and photograph these structures has become a popular activity, inspiring road trips where enthusiasts aim to see as many big things as possible. These journeys often culminate in group photographs, using the larger-than-life structures as unique backdrops and symbols of shared experiences.

Many of the big things have been recognised as works of folk art. Their whimsical and often exaggerated designs reflect the creativity and ingenuity of their creators. Several big things have been heritage-listed, ensuring their preservation and contributing to the country's cultural heritage. These listed structures serve as reminders of the unique character and history of the regions they are located in.[2]

Despite their popularity, some Big Things have faced controversies and potential demolition threats. Factors such as maintenance costs, changing priorities, or debates over their aesthetic value have ignited discussions regarding the delicate balance between preserving cultural icons and allocating resources for alternative purposes.[3][4]

The influence of Australia's big things extends beyond the country's borders. These unique structures have inspired the creation of oversized sculptures and replicas in other parts of the world, highlighting the impact of Australian creativity and cultural exports.[5]

List of big things (by state or territory) edit

Australian Capital Territory edit

Name Location Built Size Notes Image
Big Acorns National Arboretum Canberra in Molonglo Valley 2013 The giant acorns depict children's play equipment at the playground.

Often referred to as the 'Acorn Park', this playground is ideal for kids of all ages.

The Big Bunyip Corner Of Hibberson Street And Gozzard Street, Gungahlin 2011 The Big Bunyip is based on Alexander Bunyip from the 1972 children's book, The Monster That Ate Canberra by Micheal Salmon.
Big Coins Royal Australian Mint

62-114 Denison St, Deakin

The Big Coins is a group of sculptures located in Deakin, Australian Capital Territory next to the Royal Australian Mint.  
Big Swoop Garema Place 2022 2.4x3.5 m Big Swoop depicts an Australian magpie pecking at a chip.  
Big Galahs Watson 2013 Project of artists Bev Hogg and Elizabeth Patterson, the Galahs mark the entrance to a modern planned community, and represent the concept of new families nesting in the area.  
Giant Mushroom Belconnen 1998 8×4 m (26×13 ft) Located in the Belconnen Fresh Food Markets,[6] the Giant Mushroom shelters a children's playground. It was officially launched in 1998 by the ACT Chief Minister.

No longer exists as of 2022.[7]

The Big Powerful Owl[8] Belconnen 2011 8 m (26 ft) Located at the main entrance to Belconnen town centre, the statue cost $400,000 and was built by Melbourne sculptor Bruce Armstrong.[9]
Big Pool Ball Yarralumla 2019 1.8 m (5'10") The Big Pool Ball located at Yarralumla Play Station, which is home to one of the largest mini-golf courses in Australia.
Big Coffee Pot And Cup Monash 1993 Located at the main entrance/courtyard of the CIC (Canberra Islamic Centre), stands the coffee pot and the cup.

New South Wales edit

Name Location Built Size Notes Image
Big Ant Broken Hill 1980 A bull ant sculpture designed by artist Pro Hart, which was erected in 1980 and originally stood at the Stephens Creek Hotel.[10] It was moved to its current location, next to the Tourist Information Centre in Broken Hill, after being donated to the city in 1990.
Big Apple Batlow Located in the middle of an orchard about 3 km north of Batlow, without public access. Only its top is visible from Batlow-Tumut Road, as it is largely blocked by apple trees.[11]
Big Apple Tallong Located on Caoura Rd at Jim Watling Park. Tallong is home to the big apple and host to the award-winning annual "Apple Day" festival. The Big Apple made its return at the 2016 Apple Day festival.
Big Apple Yerrinbool
34°20′55″S 150°33′15″E / 34.348504°S 150.554299°E / -34.348504; 150.554299
Visible from the Hume Highway
Big Avocado Duranbah Located at Tropical Fruit World.
The Big Axe Kew 1979 8 m (26 ft) Located alongside the Kew Visitor Information Centre. The original sculpture was replaced in 2002 as a result of ant induced damage. The Axe was remodelled and a new one was displayed on 26 January 2017.[12]
Big Ayers Rock North Arm Cove 1990 This 1:40 scale model of Uluru was formerly an attraction at Leyland Brothers World, and later formed the roof of the Rock Restaurant. Technically not a "Big Thing" (as it was substantially smaller than the item it is modelled on), the Rock Restaurant was loosely grouped with the big things as an object of roadside art. It was destroyed in a fire on 31 July 2018.[13]
Big Banana Coffs Harbour 1964 13×5 m (43×16 ft) Sometimes incorrectly claimed to be the first Big Thing in Australia.[14] (The Big Scotsman in Adelaide was built over a year earlier). The Big Banana tourist complex includes a banana-themed souvenir shop, tours of the surrounding plantation and an indoor ski slope.
The Big Beer Can Cobar 1990 5×2.5 m (16.4×8.2 ft) The Big Beer Can has a Tooheys New design, and is located above the entrance to the Grand Hotel.
Big Bench Broken Hill September 2002 As part of the Landscapes and Backgrounds exhibition, a 2.5 times scale park bench was constructed on the top of the Line of Lode, which is a high hill of mine deposits in the centre of the city of Broken Hill.
The Big Blue Heeler Muswellbrook 2001 2 m (6.6 ft) high Statue of an Australian Cattle Dog ("blue heeler"). Located adjacent to the town information centre.
The Big Bogan Nyngan 2015 5.96 metres (19.6 ft) high The Big Bogan is the brainchild of Reverend Graham McLeod from Nyngan's St Mark's Anglican Church.[15][16] Located on Pangee Street next to the railway lines. In 2022 a dog was added.[17]
Big Bogan, Nyngan, 2017 (01)
Big Bowl Lake Cathie 1975 A 10-foot-high (3.0 m) replica of a lawn bowl, consisting of one and a half tonnes of steel and concrete.[18]
Big Bull Wauchope 14×21 m (46×69 ft) The Big Bull was pulled down in October 2007.[19]
Big Bunch of Bananas Coffs Harbour Formerly located in Sawtell, the Big Bunch of Bananas was relocated when the Pacific Highway bypassed the town and now lie just to the south of Coffs Harbour.
The Big Bicycle Chullora 1997 9×6 m (30×20 ft) The bicycle built by Jonh Ridley, Andy Lugiz and Phillip Becker adorns the entrance to the Chullora Waste Transfer Station, Chullora.
The Big Bush Turkey Kyogle 2018 8.5 x 4 m The Big Bush Turkey was constructed by Kyogle couple, John and Chrystine Graham, and it is located on Summerland Way 2.6 kms from the town.
Big Cheese Bodalla The Big Cheese is located at the former Bodalla Cheese factory on the Princes Highway. It is as of 2013 closed.
Big Cherries Young Originally located off Short Street, but moved with the tourist information centre to Lovell Street at Young railway station.
Big Chook Moonbi 1970s 2×4 m (6.6×13.1 ft)
Big Chook Mount Vernon 4×4 m (13×13 ft)
Big Dog Dunkeld 2020 2.9 m (9.5 ft) high, weighs over 1 tonne Located in Dunkeld between Bathurst and Orange.

Made wholly of recycled metal collected from refuse centres, farms, discarded car parts, rusty tools etc.

Sculptor Jane lives in Orange and was commissioned by Brendan.

Don Bradman's Bat and Stumps Cootamundra 1975 8m Located on the western side of Bradman Oval, this attraction celebrates the career of cricket legend Don Bradman[20]
Big Fish Manilla The Big Fish is located at the Big Fish Roadhouse at 79 Arthur Street
Big Funnel Web Spider Jamberoo 2015 19.7×22.2 m (65×73 ft) The Big Funnel Web Spider was built at Jamberoo Action Park and is a steel, fibreglass and concrete structure 420 times larger than a female Sydney funnel-web spider. It was awarded a Guinness World Record as the Largest Spider Sculpture in August 2015.[21]
The Big Gold Panner Kelso 1979 5×3 m (16.4×9.8 ft) Located in front of the Gold Panner Motor Inn.
The Big Gold Pick and Pan Grenfell 2005 Pick 4 m (13 ft),
Pan 3 m (9.8 ft) (diam)
Located between the Goods Shed and historic Station Building at the Grenfell railway station precinct, just off the northern end of West Street.
The Big Golden Guitar Tamworth 1988 12×4 m (39×13 ft) Modelled on the Golden Guitar trophies given to winners at the Country Music Awards of Australia ceremony night during the Tamworth Country Music Festival.
The Big Hammer Mudgee Located at Rosby Wines (122 Strikes Lane, Eurunderee) is Tig Crowley's "Water Hammer". Previously located at the Fairview ArtSpace, the Big Hammer was relocated in 2016 when the ArtSpace closed down.
The Big Hat Yeoval 2017 Sculpture of Banjo Paterson's hat. Made in 2014 and transported to Yeoval in 2017.
The Big Headphones Newcastle 2015 3 m (9.8 ft) Located on Darby St, this fully operational pair of headphones was designed by Mark Tisdell and built in collaboration with Tom Ireland (fabrication and design detailing), Sean Bell (graphics), Adrian Garner (electrical engineering), Brad Phillips and Rhian Leek (architectural design), with the support of the Darby Street Traders Group.
The Big Knight Knockrow This was previously at the entrance to the Macadamia Castle, a nut-themed park and store.

In 2022 the site became the Byron Bay Wildlife Sanctuary and the Knight was removed.[22]

Big Koala Family Port Macquarie 2003 Made by fibreglass experts Natureworks for Coffs Harbour Zoo, the trio of big koalas were moved to Billabong Zoo in Port Macquarie in 2003 after the Coffs Harbour Zoo closed.
The Big Kookaburra Kurri Kurri 2009 4.5 m (15 ft) Sculpture by Chris Fussell.[23] It is located in Rotary Park.[24]
The Big Lamb Guyra 1988 Erected by the town and district to promote the lamb and potato industries in New England. The lamb is stood over a potato plant.
The Big Magpie Muswellbrook in Simpson Park, adjacent to Muswellbrook railway station
The Big Merino Goulburn 1985 15×18 m (49×59 ft) A sculpture of a merino ram, built in 1985.[25] Goulburn and The Big Merino were bypassed by the Hume Highway in 1992, leading to a reduction in visitor numbers. On 26 May 2007, Rambo (as the Merino is locally known) was relocated by low-loader to a new home within sight of the highway.[26]
The Big Miner's Lamp Bowenfels Depicts a safety lamp.
Big Mosquito Hexham 1993 "Ozzie the Mozzie" at the Hexham Bowls Club is modelled on the local Ochlerotatus alternans mosquito species, known as "Hexham Greys". It includes illuminated eyes which switch on at night.
Big Murray Cod Tocumwal 1967 2×7 m (6.6×23.0 ft) Located near the corner of Deniliquin Rd and Murray St, near the Murray River.
The Big Orange - Mourquong (Mildira) Mourquong NSW near to Mildura VIC 8 mins north of Mildura, 93 Link Rd, Mourquong NSW 2739
The Big Oyster Taree 12×4 m (39×13 ft)
The Big Playable Guitar Narrandera 1991 6×2 m (19.7×6.6 ft) The largest playable guitar in the world.
Ploddy the Dinosaur Somersby 1963 4.8×2 m (15.7×6.6 ft) Situated in the Australian Reptile Park, and commissioned by the Park's founder, Eric Worrell. The concrete structure, based on the shape of a Diplodocus, is 30 metres long and weighs almost 100 tonnes.[27]
The Big Peg Canowindra 2017 A giant clothes peg located in a field beside the road between Canowindra and the village of Cargo. Designed by the Stacey Family and fabricated by Jake Willis of Canowindra it was inspired by a similar structure in Belgium.[28][29]
The Big Potato Robertson 1977 10×4 m (33×13 ft) A giant potato constructed by farmer Jim Mauger in 1977.[30]
The Big Poo Kiama 2002 1×5 m (3.3×16.4 ft) The Big Poo was built by local residents as a protest against Sydney Water's decision not to reuse waste water in the area. Built from foam, it was unveiled by Ian Cohen on 29 April 2002.[31]
The Big Prawn West Ballina 1989 6×9 m (20×30 ft) On 24 September 2009, Ballina Shire Council voted to allow the demolition of the Big Prawn,[32] but this permission was never acted upon. Bunnings purchased the site in 2011 and refurbished the Prawn as part of the redevelopment. The prawn now sits on a stand next to the entrance of the Bunnings Warehouse carpark.[33][34]
Big Rabbit Trap Albert 2013 A Big Rabbit Trap, located on the roof of the Rabbit Trap Hotel.
The Big Rocket Moree 2009 14 m (46 ft) high The Big Rocket, launched during the International Year of Astronomy and the 40th anniversary of the first human Moon landing, contains two slides and a space-themed command centre playground.
Big Rubik's Cube Maroubra 2008 A cement cube painted as per a Rubik's Cube on top of a storm water drain on Maroubra Beach. In December 2023 the Big Rubik's Cube was "solved" after being repainted by the original artists.[35]
The Big Slurpee Coffs Harbour 2009 15 m (50 ft) Dismantled in 2009.[36]
The Big Soldier Uralla In front of Hassett's Military Museum. Dressed in Digger-style uniform.
The Big Spider Urana 2009 The Big Spider (named "Not so Itsy" by the artist) was created by Andrew Whitehead, a nearby resident of the town. The spider commemorates the local football club, who were, for many years, known as the Spiders, and is built from a range of materials – including a wash tub and a hot dog muffler.[37][38]
The World's Biggest Sundial Singleton 1987 A 25-foot-high (7.6 m) sundial presented as a gift from Lemington Mine, to honour the occasion of the Australian Bicentenary. At the time of its creation, it was recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's largest sundial,[39] and still lays claim to being the largest one-piece sundial in the Southern hemisphere.
Big Swagman and Dog Port Macquarie 1990s The original Big Swaggie and Dog at Billabong Zoo in Port Macquarie was built in the 1990s by Robert Boffa (then owner of the Zoo). The Swagman was relocated in the late 90s when the Pacific Highway was upgraded, but the accompanying Big Dog remains at the original location.
The Big Swan Dunedoo In front of the Swan Motel.
Big Tennis Racquet Barellan 3 October 2009 13.8 m (45 ft) long Built in honour of Evonne Goolagong, who grew up in Barellan.[40]
The Big Trout Adaminaby 1973 10×3 m (32.8×9.8 ft) Designed by Andy Lomnici, the Big Trout is located in the town of Adaminaby, near Lake Eucumbene in the Snowy Mountains. It was built from fibreglass over a steel frame, completed in 1973,[41] and repaired and repainted in 2023.[42]
The Big Trout Oberon
The Big Turtle Forster Carved from timber, the big turtle is located behind the main street of Forster on a riverside boardwalk.
The Big UGG Boots Thornton 20 April 2015 Mortels Sheepskin Factory is home to The Big UGG Boots. These big UGG boots are 13 times the size of a women's AUS/US size 8 UGG boot. The Big UGG Boots are located in the Lower Hunter Region of NSW, Newcastle end of the M1.
The Big Windmill Coffs Harbour 1972 Although work started on the Big Windmill in 1972, the death of Franz De Kever in 1974 delayed completion until 1982, as it was not until the site was purchased by Hans Eecen that work was able to resume. The Big Windmill has since changed hands, and is now operated by Mark and Jodi Taylor. The site includes a 41-room motel and a restaurant.[43]
The Big Wine Barrel Hanwood 1973 Located at the McWilliam's Winery. The cellar door with historical displays and a giant glass mural are located within.
The Big Wine Bottle Pokolbin 1998 7×1.5 m (23.0×4.9 ft) Located at the Hunter Valley Gardens. The neck forms a chimney for an open fire contained within.
The Big Wine Cask Mourquong 8×6 m (26×20 ft) Located at the Constellation Stanley winery *Edit – as of Dec 2013 no longer there. Building is, but has been painted out and is not accessible*
Red Pillars Tweed Heads-Gold Coast Known as the Queensland–New South Wales state border sign, it is on the border, located on the Pacific Highway between Tweed Heads and Coolangatta.
The Biggest Little Town Mullumbimby 8×6 m (26×20 ft) Located on the NSW far north coast just south of the QLD border in the shire of Byron, this town claims to be Australia's biggest little town.

Northern Territory edit

Name Location Built Size Notes Image
The Anmatjere Man Anmatjere 2005 Located approx. 150 km north of Alice Springs at the Aileron roadhouse/ caravan park. It is believed to be modelled on Charlie Quartpot Ngwarray who was an important Anmatyerr leader and rainmaker for the area.[44]

The Anmatjere Man took a year to construct and was created in 2005 by Mark Egan. Until 2008 the Anmatjere Man a.k.a The BIG Aboriginal Hunter stood alone on top of a hill which is accessible for pictures in dry conditions.

Anmatjere Woman and Child Anmatjere 2008 In 2008 Mark Egan, creator of the Anmatjere Man, felt the sculpture needed a family and so begun sculpting the "Anmatjere Woman and Child" While the man is located on top of a climbable hill the Anmatjere Woman and child is more accessible and situated just outside Aileron Roadhouse. A goanna was later added.
Big Barramundi Katherine Located atop Rod & Rifle Tackleworld in Katherine NT
Big Beer Can Ghan Ghans boast of being the Northern Territories First and Last stop for a drink resulted in this novelty reminder outside the Kulgera Pub.

Originally the can label was West End Draught but a label change to XXXX Gold occurred sometime between 2002 and 2010[citation needed]

Big Books Alice Springs 2018 The BIG Books were a part of a 2018 instalment to renovate and update the Alice Springs Public Library. Depicts several books by local author Nevil Shute, writer of A Town Like Alice.
The Big Boxing Crocodile Humpty Doo 1988 8×8 m (26×26 ft) Outside the United Petroleum station (formerly known as the Bush Shop) on the Arnhem Highway at Humpty Doo. The Boxing Crocodile was built by Ray Park in 1988[45] on a commission by Ray Whear and Marshall Brentnall who was the owner of The Bush Shop at that time. It was created to celebrate Australia winning the America's Cup in 1983 and to assist with attracting tourism to the area. The Boxing Crocodile is Humpty Doo's equivalent to the Boxing Kangaroo.
Big Buffalo Winnellie Dubbed 'Lefty' by locals as one testicle is visibly bigger than the other.

Lefty was originally gray and created as a float for a local parade. Saved from being recycled a local buffalo trading business purchased him as a company mascot but painted him pink to ensure he stood out from the gray business building he once stood proudly in front of. When the company closed its doors Lefty was auctioned and brought by the car dealership (Travans Cars & Commercials) where he resides to this day.

The Big Dinosaur Yarrawonga 13 m (43 ft) This large fibreglass Brachiosaurus can be seen on Pierssene Rd, outside Bunnings Palmerston.

It was previously a garden feature for 'Finlays Joint Cafe'. Originally bought by Tom Finlay, a stonemason, to complement a sculptured Dragon in Mr. Finlay's Landscaping supply section of his business. Mr. Finlay also purchased several other large dinosaurs made by the same Philippine-based Dutch company that produces models for adventure parks but began selling them in 2010.

Big Fish Wanguri Visible from Gsell St this BIG Fish decorates Wanguri Pre-School front yard.
Big Frogs Darwin The BIG Frogs can be located outside 'Ramada Suites Zen Quarter Darwin'

Originally the BIG Frogs were located at Tom Finlays 'Get Stoned' masonry but were purchased and relocated after Toms masonry relocated themselves. The BIG frogs have a sister pair, colorfully painted located within the Berry Springs Wildlife Park.

Big Gold Nugget Douglas-Daly The Big Gold Nugget is situated outside the Douglas Daly Historic Hotel and is a tribute to the gold once and still frequently found in the area.
Big Hand Alice Springs The red sculpture situated outside 'Central Second Hand Shop' consists of a hand protruding another hand from its index finger
The Giant Jumping Crocodile Wak Wak 1984 Located in the carpark of The Original Adelaide River Queen Jumping Crocodile Cruises, just off the Arnhem Highway near the intersection of the Adelaide River. Created 1984 3220 Arnhem Highway Wak Wak NT Australia.
The Giant Jellyfish East Point 2014 2.2m (7ft) Created by artist Aly de Groot at a cost of $150,000, using a whimsical woven technique. The two jellyfish can be found by the water in Darwin’s East Point Reserve.[46]
Big Owl Darwin 2010 Created in 2010 by Koolpinyah Richard Barnes the BIG Owl titled 'Chinute Chinute' can be located outside the Darwin Supreme Court.
The Big Stockwhip[47] Fly Creek[48] 7×10 m (23×33 ft) Depicts an Australian stockwhip, used for mustering cattle.
The Big Stubbie Larrimah Depicts a NT Draught stubbie, a small beer bottle.
Big Turtle Lyons 2004 1.5×4 m (4.9×13.1 ft) Commissioned to celebrate the new estate of Lyons, which was established in 2004 the giant sea turtle was created by Techy Masero with assistance from Larrakia Nation artists.

Unofficially named 'Collin' by Google Maps editors.

Big Wine Bottle Daly Waters The BIG Wine bottle is fixed to the back of ute and typically parked at the Daly Waters Historic Pub.

Queensland edit

Name Location Built Size Notes Image
The Big Apple Thulimbah 1978 4×4.5 m (13×15 ft) From the "Landmark Legends of Stanthorpe", "The original Big Apple, a Granny Smith, lived at the petrol station at Applethorpe from 1978. The steel and fibreglass sculpture stands 4m tall and the apple is 4.5m in diameter. It was crafted by local artisan Johnny Ross. It went into temporary retirement in 2003 when the Applethorpe site was redeveloped. After a brief facelift, the re-grafted apple emerged as a Royal Gala apple slightly north of town at Thulimbah. Its new home is Vincenzo's at the Big Apple, which is situated on the opposite side of the New England Highway to Suttons Apple Orchard & Cidery."[49][50]
Big Apple Acacia Ridge Located at 1102 Beaudesert Road[citation needed]
Banana the Bullock Banana Dun bullock after which the Shire and Town of Banana were named.[51][52]
Big Banana North Mackay 1987 9.2×1.8 m (30.2×5.9 ft) [53]
Big Bowling Pin Maryborough unknown, restored 2020 Previously from Toowoomba, The 'Big Bowling Pin' was restored and put on display again in 2020 out the front of Maryborough Tenpin Bowl, located at 2 Quarry Court, Maryborough
Big Kronosaurus Richmond 'Krono', a full sized replica of the Kronosaurus queenslandicus. Outside Kronosaurus Korner Fossil Museum, Richmond.[citation needed]
Big Barrel Bundaberg 2005 25×10 m (82×33 ft) The Barrel is an interpretive visitors' centre, gift and bottle shop for Bundaberg Brewed Drinks, located at 147 Bargara Road. According to a commemorative plaque inside the Barrel, it was opened by Mark Vaile on 18 November 2005.[citation needed]
The Big Barramundi Normanton 1995 7×2 m (23.0×6.6 ft) [54]
The Big Barramundi Daintree 1986 7.5×2 m (24.6×6.6 ft) [55]
Big Bolt and Nut Roma Located in front of Banks Bolts and Fastners at 87 Raglan Street.[citation needed]
Big Boomerangs Nindigully 1989 3 m (9.8 ft) These 3 big boomerangs are what remain from the roof of the diner that was built on site and featured in the 1999 Australian film The Paperback Hero with Hugh Jackman and Claudia Karvan[citation needed]
The Big Boot / Shoe Chermside 1960s A large shoe mounted on the roof of a car sales yard on the corner of Rode and Gympie Roads (621 Gympie Road). The boot originally came from a boot and footwear factory on the corner of Hale and Caxton Streets in Paddington, operated by the Morris family in 1960. In 1976, the factory became a restaurant called the Spaghetti Emporium, and the boot remained on the roof there until it was brought to its current location in the late 1970s as a marker for Boots Camping.[56]

This has been demolished sometime before December 2021

The Big Brolga Townsville 1988 [57] The Big Brolga was originally located at the Visitor Centre on the Bruce Highway, south of Townsville. It has been removed and is no longer displayed.
Big Brolgas and Snake Near Mackay [citation needed]
Big Bulls Rockhampton 1978 Initially there were two bull statues but over time others were added reaching a total of seven. Five of the bulls were created by sculptor Hugh Anderson.[58][59]
The Big Cane Toad Sarina 1983 4×1 m (13.1×3.3 ft) "Buffy", short for the cane toad's scientific name 'Bufo Marinus', is located in Broad Street, Sarina.

Built out of Paper Mache in 1983, for a float in the Apex Sugar Festival Parade, the Sarina council eventually cast the Big Toad in fibreglass to become a permanent fixture in the town's centre.[60]

The Big Captain Cook Cairns 1972 14×2 m (45.9×6.6 ft) Built by Roberto Paiaro from Cairns, and it originally had "Made in Japan" painted on the lower leg as a joke. Modelled on the explorer James Cook.[61] The statue was taken down in May 2022.[62]
The Big Cassowary Wongaling Beach 4×4 m (13×13 ft) It is a statue of a cassowary on the south-east corner of Tully Mission Beach Road and Wongaling Beach Road (17°53′51″S 146°05′30″E / 17.8975°S 146.0918°E / -17.8975; 146.0918 (The Big Cassowary)).[63] Built by Darryl Lourigan.[64]
The Big Cockatoo Mossman In front of the Mossman Hotel and Holiday Villas, 1-9 Alchera Drive (16°28′13″S 145°22′22″E / 16.4702°S 145.3729°E / -16.4702; 145.3729 (The Big Cockatoo)).[65]
The Big Cow Highfields 1976 12.0×7.6 m (39.4×25 ft) [66] Moved from Kulangoor on 10 January 2020 to Highfields Pioneer Village near Toowoomba.[67] Officially reopened on 20 September 2020.[68]  
The Big(Mud)Crab Cardwell 1986 4×1 m (13.1×3.3 ft) Built by Terry Tebble, senior preparator at the Queensland museum.[69] Located at Seaview Cafe in Cardwell. The original mould is kept at NatureWorks, a company near Samford, QLD.
Big Crab Miriam Vale 1979 Located at the Shell petrol station and roadhouse on the corner of Dougall Street and Roe Street (Bruce Highway). Created by proprietor Lex Milner, who owned the service station at the time and wanted to promote his tasty mud crab sandwiches.[70]
Big Crocodile Daintree 2001 2×4 m (6.6×13.1 ft) [71]
Big Crocodile Wangetti 1984 7.9×1 m (25.9×3.3 ft) Also known as 'Big Ted', this Big Thing is at Hartley's Creek Adventures, a crocodile farm with over 3,000 crocodiles. Big Ted is a life-sized replica of one shot by Krys Pawlowski near Karumba in 1957.[72]
Big Crocodile Normanton 1996 8.63 m (28.31 ft) An accurate artist's impression of the largest recorded saltwater crocodile ever killed. "Krys the Savannah King" was shot in 1957 by Krystina Pawlowski on the banks of the Norman River.[73]
Big Deck Chair Winton 2002 18.3 m (60.04 ft) Located at the Royal Theatre, an open air picture show, on Elderslie Street. The chair was donated in April 2005 by the Free Masons Taskforce Victoria. Claimed to be the World's largest, but claim has not been verified.[74]
The Big Dinosaur Ballandean 1998 2.1×6.7 m (6.9×22.0 ft) Also known as 'The Big Triceratops' or 'Fruitisforus', this large fibreglass triceratops was originally used as a float in the 1998 Apple & Grape Festival. After the festival, residents placed it on the roadside to help sell fruit for a local fundraiser, and it became a popular landmark. The triceratops was refurbished in 2009 to repair weather damage and then returned to its original post in front of the Ballandean railway station.[75]
The Big Dugong Rockhampton 1992 22×12 m (72×39 ft) Located at the Rockhampton Dreamtime Cultural Centre.[76]
The Big Easel Emerald 1999 25 m (82 ft) The Big Easel, located off Capricorn Highway in Morton Park, holds a 7×10 m (23×33 ft) reproduction of one of Van Gogh's Sunflower paintings.[77][78]
The Big G Gracemere 2015 5.4×6.6 m (18×22 ft) Made from 6 mm (14 in) mild steel and weighing almost 5,000 kg (11,000 lb), this impressive structure marks the entry to Gracemere Industry Park.[79]
Big Golf Ball Broadbeach [citation needed]
The Big Golden Gumboot Tully 2003 8×6.1 m (26×20 ft) [80]
The Big Gun Underwood A 155 mm (6.1 in) field gun mounted on top of a two-story fruit shop. The gun was in a metal scrap yard that occupied the site in the 1960s before the shops and offices were built in the 70s.[citation needed]
The Big Hard Rock Guitar Surfers Paradise 1996 10×3 m (32.8×9.8 ft) The iconic large guitar that fronts every Hard Rock Cafe. The Surfers Paradise location was established 22 March 1996.[81]
The Big Macadamia Nut Woombye, 5.5 kilometres (3.4 mi) south of Nambour 1978 16 m (52 ft) Six years after the Big Pineapple opened the owners built the Big Macadamia nut. Once part of the "Nut Country Tour", the building was eventually converted to the "Rainforest Creatures of the Night" display in 2000. The building is now used as the entrance to the Treetop Challenge.
Maddie and Mike Southport 2010 2.5 m (8ft) This statue of seven-year-old Maddie and her teddy bear was created by Academy Award winner John Cox. Maddie and Mike can be found atop a small hill in the Broadwater Parklands.[82]
The Big Mandarin Mundubbera 1983 11×15 m (36×49 ft) [83]
The Big Mango Bowen 2002 10×8 m (33×26 ft) The Big Mango stands at the tourist information centre in Bowen.[84] In February 2014, the Mango was temporarily "stolen" by restaurant chain Nando's as a publicity stunt.[85][86]
Big Map of Australia Goondiwindi ? 5×5 m (16×16 ft) This is made from pieces old machinery and pipes. it is on the Ingelwood side of Goondiwindi
The Big Marlin Cairns 1980 10×2 m (32.8×6.6 ft) [87]
Matilda The Kangaroo Kybong 1982 13 m (42.7 ft) Built to be the mascot for the 1982 Commonwealth Games, Matilda the Kangaroo now resides at a Puma service centre near Traveston on the Bruce Highway, South of Gympie.[88]
Big Meat Ant Augathella 2011 5 m (16 ft) A giant meat ant sculpture commissioned by Murweh Shire Council, in the hope of attracting "thousands of tourists".[89]
Big Melon Chinchilla 2018 8 m (26 ft) long In 2018, Chinchilla won a national competition run by Wotif to create a Next Big Thing as a tourist attraction. The melon was installed next to the town's information centre in November 2018.[90]
Big Merino Blackall 1983 3×4 m (9.8×13.1 ft) [91]
The Big Miner Rubyvale 1983 In front of the Bobby Dazzler mine. Missing its left hand in May 2012. Hand repaired and statue repainted prior to December 2012.[92]
The Big Mower Beerwah 1974 11×3.6 m (36×12 ft) [93]
The Big Ned Kelly Maryborough 7×2 m (23.0×6.6 ft) The Big Ned Kelly stands in front of the Ned Kelly Motel and service station. Built by Dat Romano.[94]
The Big Orange Gayndah 1977 [95]  
The Big Orange Lockyer Valley Corner of Lake Clarendon Way and Crowley Vale Road.[citation needed]
The Big Paperclip West End, Brisbane 3×2 m (9.8×6.6 ft) This was a public sculpture that once stood on the lot next to Paul's dairy factory on Montague Road. The area is now part of the ramp onto the Go Between bridge, and the fate of the sculpture is unknown. Last photo located on the internet was dated 2007.[citation needed]
The Big Peanut Tolga 1977 [96]
Big Peanut Kingaroy 2021
The Big Pelican Noosaville Mounted on a motorised float in parkland next to the Noosa River.[97]
The Big Pick, Shovel and Sieve Sapphire 1999 4×2.5 m (13.1×8.2 ft) Located in front of the Blue Gem Store Van Park. Built by Barry Richardson and David Gould.[98]
The Big Pie Yatala late 1970s 4.5 m (15 ft) diameter Mounted atop a 10 m (33 ft) pole next to the car park of the Yatala Pies drive-through pie shop.[99]
Big Pineapple Gympie 1971 16 m (52 ft) high Formerly located next to a service station on the Bruce Highway, the Gympie Big Pineapple was demolished in 2008 during redevelopment of the site.[100][101]
The Big Pineapple Woombye, 5.5 kilometres (3.4 mi) south of Nambour 1971 16×6 m (52×20 ft) The Big Pineapple is a tourist attraction on the Sunshine Coast in South East Queensland, Australia. It is 16 metres high and is claimed to be the world's largest pineapple, gaining this title after a large pineapple-shaped water tower in Hawaii was dismantled in 1993 (see List of World's Largest Roadside Attractions). The pineapple was originally opened on 15 August 1971, and is situated on a 165-hectare site in Woombye.[102][103]
The Big Pumpkin Beaudesert [citation needed]
The Big Pumpkin Gumlu The Big Pumpkin is situated outside the same roadside fruit and vegetable store as the Big Watermelon.[citation needed]
The Big Red Elephant Hatton Vale Located at 4138 Warrego Highway. Part of the "Jumbo" shopping centre.[citation needed]
The Big Redback Eight Mile Plains, Brisbane 1996 5×3 m (16.4×9.8 ft) The Big Redback resided on the premises of Redback Landscaping at Eight Mile Plains. The business has since moved to Underwood and disassembled the Big Redback. Inquires have garnered that it is unlikely to be reassembled due to lack of space.[104]
The Big Rig Roma over 30 m (98 ft) tall A tourist attraction which commemorates the finding of oil in Roma.[citation needed]
The Big Rum Bottle Bundaberg


1988 7×1 m (23.0×3.3 ft) The bottle started out as the Bundaberg Rum Company's pavilion at World Expo 88 in Brisbane, and is now located outside the visitors' centre at the Bundaberg Distillery. Since then there have been several copies of the bottle which are found in various locations throughout Queensland, with one still surviving outside of the Sundowner Saloon in Haigslea (2316 Warrego Highway, 27°34′07″S 152°37′19″E / 27.5685°S 152.6220°E / -27.5685; 152.6220 (Sundowner Hotel)).[105][106][107]
The Big Sapphire Anakie 1982 3.7×2.26 m (12.1×7.4 ft) Located in front of the Big Sapphire and Gemfield Information Centre at 1 Anakie Road, which was closed as of May 2012.[108]
The Big Sapphire Ring Sapphire 1984 Located in front of Pat's Gems. Built by Victor Saunders.[109]
The Big Sausage King Centenary Heights, Toowoomba The Big Sausage King sits on the roof of Gray's Modern Meat Mart in Centenary Heights. In 2010 it was stolen, and in spite of 10 kg (22 lb) sausage reward from the store and an additional $500 being offered by radio station Triple M, it was eleven months before it was discovered in a local quarry.[110][111][112]
The Big Scout Hat Cairns 1982 The octagonal Cairns Control Room is listed on the Queensland Heritage Register. The fibreglass Scout hat was added to the building in 1982.[citation needed]
The Big Shell Tewantin 1960s 6×2 m (19.7×6.6 ft) The Big Shell is the entrance to a Hawaiian / tropical lifestyle store, full of little treasures and shells. The Shell is now under the third owner.[113]
The Big Spanner Sapphire 1982 2 m (6.6 ft) The first big thing in the area of Rubyvale and Sapphire, and was built by Allen May.[114]
The Big Strawberry Elimbah 2014 Over 5 m (16 ft) tall Outside Rolin Farms, a strawberry and orchid farm on Rutters Road, Elimbah.[citation needed]
The Big Stubby Tewantin 1966 9×4 m (30×13 ft) No longer there. Queensland's first big thing, built by George Clifford out of 17,000 empty stubby bottles.[115]
Big Teepee Millmerran ? 4 m (13 ft) high The Big Teepee was erected reportedly as a Rendezvous Place for a local club.[citation needed]
Big Thermometer Stanthorpe 2018 10 m (33 ft) "The coldest place in Queensland" has the Big Thermometer to proudly display the temperature.[116]
Big Thongs Calen 2021 2.5 m (8.2 ft) [117]
Big Watermelon Gumlu The Big Watermelon is situated outside the same fruit and vegetable roadside store as the Big Pumpkin.[citation needed]
The Big Whale Kinka Beach Built by Kevin Logan.[118]
William the Wombat Thallon 2018 2×3.5 m (6.6×11.5 ft) The wombat depicted is a northern hairy-nosed wombat which is critically endangered.[119][120]

South Australia edit

Name Location Built Size Notes Image
The Australian Farmer (also known as the Big Farmer) Wudinna 2008 8 m (26 ft) Taking 17 years to develop from the initial proposal to the final unveiling, the Australian Farmer, located in the Wudinna, was carved by artist Marijan Bekic and his son David between 2007 and 2009. Representing the early settlers of the region, the work stands at 8 m (26 ft) in height, and was carved out of approximately 70 tonnes (69 long tons; 77 short tons) of local granite.[121]
The Big Ant Poochera 2008 Originally located at The Poochera Roadhouse on the Eyre Highway but the Roadhouse has closed and the Big Ant was relocated into the town park.
The Big Bee Kingscote
The Big Bob-tail Lizard Port Lincoln Outside the Kuju Aboriginal Arts Centre, 30 Ravendale Road, Port Lincoln
The Big Cherries Pages Flat Located at Fleurieu Cherries on Pages Flat Road (B34) in Pages Flat
The Big Church Block Bottle McLaren Vale 2010 10 m (33 ft) The Big Church Block Bottle is no longer on display at the Wirra Wirra Winery, having been removed in 2016. The Big Church Block Bottle, named Our Work of Art, was a 10 m (33 ft) high replica bottle of Wirra Wirra, Church Block wine. The bottle was constructed to launch the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival in March 2010, located at Southbank in Melbourne. The bottle was located in Melbourne from 14 March 2010 through to 19 March 2010 before it was re-located to the Wirra Wirra vineyard in McLaren Vale, during April 2010. The bottle was designed in five sectional pieces, made from steel framework covered in wire mesh. The mesh has been cladded entirely by recycled corks. Each cork was individually drilled and threaded onto elastic before being cable tied around each section of the bottle.[122]
The Big Cockroach Port Wakefield Road, Lower Light 1990s 4×4 m (13×13 ft) (approx.) The Big Cockroach is part of the Port Wakefield road sculptures, and features a sign verifying its global size dominance. This is a difficult Big Thing to approach, well inside private land and next to a highway. It was originally constructed in the 1990s, and was almost destroyed in 2013 but saved through public action and returned to the site.[123]
The Big Dice Barrier Highway The Big Dice consist of six concrete blocks piled into a small pyramid. They are located 24 km (15 mi) east of Yunta / 20 km (12 mi) west of Mannahill, just off the Barrier Highway at Cockscomb Creek
The Big Dunlop Tyre Sturt Highway, Yamba The Big Dunlop Tyre is in Yamba at the Quarantine Inspection Centre - about 4km from the South Australia and Victoria Border on the Sturt Hwy - an hour and a quarter drive west of Mildura.
The Big Galah Kimba 1993 8×2.5 m (26×8 ft) Residing at the "Halfway Across Australia Tourist Shop" at Kimba, the Big Galah was built from fibreglass over a steel frame by Robert Venning, and was opened in 1993. Modelled on the Galahs that frequent the region, it weighs in the vicinity of 2.3 tonnes (2.5 short tons).[124]
The Big Hat Cradock 2013 Located opposite the Cradock Hotel.
The Big Hills Hoist O'Sullivan Beach Located next to the Orrcon Steel carpark, at the corner of Morrow Rd and O'Sullivan Beach Rd, in O'Sullivan Beach. Google Maps Street View:
The Big Kangaroo Border Village 1986 5×2 m (16.4×6.6 ft) Also known as "Rooey II", the Big Kangaroo can be found at Border Village in South Australia, located just shy of the border with West Australia.[125] Made from papier-mâché and fibreglass over a steel frame, from a design by Bill Metheral, Rooey was intended to capitalise on traffic journeying to Perth for the America's Cup, and was opened in 1986.[126]
The Big Lobster Rosetown 1979 17×15×13 m (56×49×43 ft) Known locally as "Larry", the Big Lobster was designed and built by Paul Kelly (who also designed the Big Scotsman) as a means of attracting attention to the visitor centre and restaurant at which it is located. It was built in six months out of a steel frame with a fibreglass shell. The size is incorrectly said to have been an error: the original plans were drawn in feet, but the designer misinterpreted them to be metres.[127] The Specifications actually required the length to be ~12 metres long and it is a fraction longer than this.[128]
Map the Miner Kapunda 1988 8×2 m (26.2×6.6 ft) Named Map Kernow, the "son of Cornwall", Map the Miner represents the Cornish miners who once worked at the town of Kapunda. Standing at the southern end of the town, the work was built by Ben van Zetten and opened on 5 June 1988.[129] The statue was destroyed by a fire in 2006,[130] but has since been rebuilt.[131]
The Big Olive Tailem Bend 2009 11 m (36 ft) The Big Olive was constructed to attract tourists to The Big Olive processing plant and visitors' centre. Located just outside Tailem Bend, it consists of two olives – one green and one black – which together stand at 8 metres (26 ft) and weigh over 1 t (2,200 lb). The olives were constructed out of fibreglass by The Newell Group, and were placed on the site in April 2005.[132]
The Big Orange Berri 1980 15×12 m (49×39 ft) Located in the South Australian Riverland, the Big Orange was designed by Adelaide-based architect John Twopenny. It is constructed with fiberglass panels covering a steel frame, with the entire structure weighing in the vicinity of 85 tonnes (84 long tons; 94 short tons).[133][134] The structure consists of four levels, with a function room on the first floor, a souvenir shop and cafe on the second, a mural depicting the local scenery on the third, and a lookout on the fourth.[135] The Big Orange closed in 2004, but may still be photographed from the road, and in 2023 plans were approved to redevelop the site while retaining the Big Orange as the centrepiece or the new development.


The Big Oyster Ceduna 1992 As with the Big Pelican, the Big Oyster was originally built as a float for a local festival – in this case, Ceduna's annual Oysterfest. Built by Leon Veerhuis out of ferro-concrete, it was retired from parade duties in 1994.[137] It is located next to an information booth on Eyre Highway just north of Ceduna.
The Big Pelican Loxton 1992 The Big Pelican was originally constructed as a float for a local Mardi Gras in 1979. After being employed for this purpose on a number of occasions, including once in Adelaide, the papier-mâché structure was remodelled, and, in 1992, it was overlaid with fibreglass. Today it can be found at the Loxton Caravan Park.[138]
Another Big Pelican Meningie 2015 This Big Pelican was carved from a single tree. It includes depictions of a pelican as well as an Indigenous and a European child holding a fish together. It was created by Ants Redgum Gallery and unveiled in August 2015. It is located in Jubilee Park on the Princes Highway (B1)
The Big Pigeon Rundle Mall, Adelaide 2020 The Big Pigeon is a mirrored stainless steel sculpture by South Australian artist Paul Sloan, installed in Rundle Mall Adelaide, on 6 November 2020. The pigeon is more than 2 metres tall, and cost $174,000.[139]
The Big Ram Karoonda 2003 2×3 m (6.6×9.8 ft) The Big Ram in Karoonda recognises the importance of the sheep industry in the region. Instigated by the Karoonda Development Group and located on the Railway Lawns, the Big Ram is 2 metres (6 ft 7 in) high and 3 metres (10 ft) long, and is built from concrete. It was completed in 2003.[140]
The Big Rocking Horse Gumeracha 1981 18×17 m (59×56 ft) Part of a complex that includes a wooden toy factory and a wildlife park, the Big Rocking Horse in the Adelaide Hills stands at over 18 metres tall and weighs more than 25 tonnes. Designed by David McIntosh and John Twopenny (the latter also designed The Big Orange), it took eight months to build at a cost of over $100,000. The steel structure incorporates three viewing platforms.[141]
The Big Santa (Father Christmas) Adelaide 1960s 16.4×5×2.5 m (53.8×16.4×8.2 ft) Adelaide's iconic Father Christmas (the Big Santa) was installed on the front of retailer John Martin's in the lead-up to Christmas, and later those premises became David Jones.

In 2015, the Big Santa was moved to his new home at the Adelaide Central Market, after building changes in Rundle Mall removed the canopy he used to stand on.

Now the Big Santa stands proud each Christmas on the Market's red brick Grote Street tower, built in 1900, and has become the new home for the Christmas feature, which weighs almost three tonnes.

The Big Scotsman Medindie, Adelaide 1963 5×1 m (16.4×3.3 ft) The Big Scotsman, affectionately known as 'Scotty', was erected in December 1963 and thus predated the Big Banana by a year. Located at Scotty's Motel on the corner of Main North Road and Nottage Terrace in the inner-city suburb of Medindie, the Big Scotsman was designed by Paul Kelly, who later went on to build the Big Lobster.[142]

Materials: Steel frame, polystyrene foam, fibreglass outer[143]

The Big Spriggina floundersi Arkaroola Spriggina floundersi is a flatworm from the Ediacaran period, and is the fossil emblem of South Australia. Named after Reg Sprigg who both discovered the Ediacaran biota and also converted Arkaroola from an agricultural property into a wilderness sanctuary. A giant landscape model has been constructed in a valley on the property and is visible from the Mawson-Spriggina walking trail.[144] It can be seen on Google Maps at 30°18'55.3"S, 139°19'01.4"E (
The Big Teddy Bear Minlaton 4×3 m (13.1×9.8 ft) The Teddy Bear is constructed from round and square hay bales, and is located 7 kilometres north of Minlaton at 20006 Spencer Hwy, Koolywurtie.
The Big Winch Coober Pedy 1986 8×5 m (26×16 ft) The Big Winch acknowledges Coober Pedy's opal-mining industry. Built by Klaus Wirries in the 1970s, the original Big Winch was destroyed in 1986 and rebuilt shortly thereafter.[145]
The Big Windmill Penong The windmill museum includes the largest windmill in Australia.
The Big Wombat Bookabie Situated at Scotdesco Aboriginal Community (Tjilkaba), on the Eyre Highway. Link To Scotdesco Page and The Big Wombat
The Big Yabby Clayton 1973 2 m (6.6 ft) Built in 1973 by Henry Jones, the Big Yabby resides at the Murray River town of Clayton, and originally sat outside his family's Yabby City Restaurant. While the concrete yabby remains, the restaurant has since changed both owners and name to become Sails at Clayton, and yabbies are no longer on the menu.As of 2015, the Yabby is no longer there.[146][147] The Big Yabby now resides next to a private house in Clayton Bay and can be seen from the street in 2020.

Tasmania edit

Name Location Built Size Notes Image
Big Apple Spreyton
The Big Cherry Latrobe Formerly located at The Cherry Shed adjacent to the Bass Highway. The business closed in 2021[148] and the cherry has since been removed.
The Big Coffee Pot Deloraine Constructed by the addition of a spout and handle to a grain silo.
The Big Penguin Penguin 1975 3×1 m (9.8×3.3 ft) Constructed from fibro cement to mark the centenary of the proclamation of the township of Penguin. Unveiled 25 October 1975.
The Big Platypus Latrobe
The Big Rock Lobster Stanley Mounted on the roof of Hursey Seafoods.
The Big Slide Rule University of Tasmania, Hobart Located in the School of Mathematics and Physics.
The Big Spud Sassafras [149]
The Big Tasmanian Devil Mole Creek 2×3 m (6.6×9.8 ft) Standing at the entrance to the Trowunna Wildlife park and Tasmanian Devil research centre.
The Big Thumbs Up Scottsdale Scottsdale, Tasmania.
The Big Wickets Westbury 3×8 m (9.8×26.2 ft) Located at the front of the local cricket pitch, commemorating locally born player Jack Badcock.

Victoria edit

Name Location Built Size Notes Image
The Big Abalone Laverton North A rotating fibre glass replica of an abalone that sat illuminated and rotating atop a 5.3 m (17 ft) tower at the Plummer Road premises of the Australian Abalone Exports office.[150] Now demolished.
Big Apple Bacchus Marsh The Apple was removed from display at the road side when the adjacent fruit shop closed down. It used to sit behind a fence next to a dumpster however this has now been removed. There is now a concrete version that is not quite as grand.
The Big Apple Gladysdale The fibreglass Big Apple hangs from a pole outside the Gladysdale Primary School which is the home of the annual Gladysdale Apple and Wine Festival. After sustaining damage from vandals some time ago it has been restored to its former glory by a local builder and aircraft engineer.

The Apple is restored and hanging up as of March 31st, 2024

Big Forks and Potatoes On Princes Highway between Trafalgar and Yarragon Located at 'The Spud Shed' - organic food shop.

crn Princess hwy and Rankins Rd, Trafalgar, VIC, Victoria

Big Bowls Ball Belmont, Victoria Belmont Bowls Club
The Big Brake Shoes Smiths Gully 1957-1958 Built at the PBR factory in East Bentleigh, and first installed at the Templestowe Hillclimb in 1958.

Dismantled in 1987, restored by the MG Car Club Victoria 2007 to 2009, and erected at the Rob Roy Hillclimb in Smiths Gully on 18 November 2009[151]

Big Cherry Wyuna Located in the car park down the driveway[clarification needed]
The Big Chess Piece Kings Park, Upper Ferntree Gully Giant King Chess Piece as per the name of the park. Next to the main football oval.
The Big Cherry Glenrowan Owners of the property removed the Big Cherry in 2010/11.
Big Cigar Churchill Replica of Sir Winston Churchill's cigar, after whom the town is named.
Big Coffee Maker Brunswick 3×1 m (9.8×3.3 ft) Located outside Georges Gourmet Coffee, 340 Victoria Street, Brunswick, Melbourne. Modelled after the Moka pot.
Big Cows Newhaven The Big Cows are located outside the Phillip Island Chocolate Factory.
Big Dead Fish Fish Creek Positioned on the roof of the Fishy Pub.
Fairfield Industrial Dog Object (FIDO) Fairfield 2000 Created in 2000 and positioned next to Fairfield railway station.
The Big Elf Anakie, Victoria Fairy Park

2388 Geelong-Ballan Rd, Anakie VIC 3213

The Big Flower Yarra Junction March 2014 The Big Flower sits atop a florist on Warburton Highway, Yarra Junction
The Big Golf Ball Heatherton, Victoria Located near to Kingston Heath Golf Club.
Big Hens Meredith These unfortunately have been removed. Adjacent to the Midland Highway outside a battery egg farm.
Big Koala Cowes The Big Koala can be found next to Rusty Water Brewery and Restaurant on Phillip Island Road.
The Giant Koala Dadswells Bridge 1989 14×8 m (46×26 ft)

The Giant Koala is 27 km (17 mi) north-west of Stawell in the small township of Dadswells Bridge. The Koala is 14 m (46 ft) high, and weighs 12 tonnes (12 long tons; 13 short tons). It is made of bronze set on a steel frame. The sculptor is Mr Ben Van Zetton who was hired in 1988 to design and construct the piece. In 2009 it was renamed Sam to commemorate a koala rescued from bush fires.[152]

Big Lizard Marysville The Big Blue-Tongued Lizard takes pride of place in Gallipoli Park, Marysville
Big Lizzie Red Cliffs 1915–1916 10.36×3.35×5.49 m (34.0×11.0×18.0 ft)
The Big Magpie Euroa Located at Seven Creeks Park at the Kirkland Ave end. Its proper name is 'Swoop' The Big Barrwarrang.[citation needed]
Big Mallee Bull Birchip
Big Mallee Fowl Patchewollock 2013 The Big Mallee Fowl consists of two corrugated iron Mallee Fowl sculptures which were installed by artist Phil Rigg in 2013. They are located on the grounds of the old railway yards on Federation Street (opposite the hotel).
Big Mallee Root Ouyen The Big Mallee Root is an actual mallee root rather than an oversized replica like most of Australia's big things. It is on display in a park.
Big Miner Warrenheip opened 1 December 2006 Located at Gold Rush Golf on the Western Highway (M8) on the eastern side of Ballarat with the Big Ned Kelly.

"The Big Miner stands as a tribute to the tens of thousands of gold prospectors who frequented regional Victoria during the second half of the nineteenth century. The statue stands 8 meters tall (6 meters of statue on a 2-metre base). It has been hand sculptured from polystyrene and has a 1.5 ton steel frame. The 2-metre high concrete base is approximately 15 tons. It was designed by Wayne Johnston of 3D Theme Concepts and sculptured by Steve Bristow. Ballarat Mayor, David Vendy, officially unveiled the statue on 1 December 2006."

Big Mouth St Kilda, Victoria 1912 Luna Park, Melbourne

18 Lower Esplanade, St Kilda VIC 3182

Giant Murray Cod Swan Hill 3×9 m (9.8×29.5 ft) Located at the train station.
Big Ned Kelly Warrenheip Located at Gold Rush Golf on the Western Highway (M8) on the eastern side of Ballarat with the Big Miner.
The Big Ned Kelly Glenrowan 6×2 m (19.7×6.6 ft) A tribute to the bushranger Ned Kelly.
The Big Pheasant Tynong 8×17 m (26×56 ft) The Big Pheasant sits at the entrance to Gumbuya Park. It was the victim of an attack by vandals in October 2011,[153] and was restored to its previous condition by April 2012.
Giant Pocket Watch Melbourne Located in the atrium of Melbourne Central Shopping Centre opposite the Coop's Shot Tower
Public Purse Melbourne Located at the North-West end of the Bourke Street Mall outside the GPO.
The World's Largest Rolling Pin Wodonga The Big Rolling Pin sits atop a bakery and spins, at 57 Hovell St.
Big Seat Arthurs Seat 1989 1.4m – 1.8m This Chair "Arthurs Seat" was positioned on 1 December 1989 in an effort to maintain tradition. Its two predecessors both lost in history also accommodated many an important backside.

Donated by Arthurs Seat Scenic Chairlift

KC Metal Products

The Big Shovel Chiltern A large Artwork depicitng a shovel. Located just north of the Hume Fwy exit to Chiltern
Big Smoke, also known as the Big Cigarette[154] Myrtleford No longer painted as the 'Big Smoke' due to closure of cigarette factory, located on Myrtleford–Yackandandah Road
The Big Sphinx North Geelong 1998 15m tall Technically not a "Big Thing" as it is substantially smaller than the item it is modelled on, the Great Sphinx of Giza.
Big Strawberry Koonoomoo 2×4 m (6.6×13.1 ft) Located at the Big Strawberry store on the corner of Goulburn Valley Hwy and Cobram-Koonoomoo Rd.
The Big Story Teller Dederang Vic Located at the Dederang Hotel, 4326 Kiewa Valley Highway, Dederang VIC 3691
Big Tap Cowes The Big Tap suspended in the air above A Maze'N Things on Phillip Island Road.
The Big Watermelon Wantirna South, Victoria 1161 High St Rd, Wantirna South VIC 3152
The big watermelon in Wantirna South
Big Wave Newhaven The Big Wave is a popular photo point, where you can ride the wave. Located at the Island Surf Experience, Phillip Island Road, Newhaven.
Big Wine Bottle Rutherglen The Wine Bottle was the towns original water tower in the 1900s. The tower became a backup supply once the new reservoir was constructed in 1945. The mesh top section was erected in December 1969 with funds from the Rutherglen Wine Festival, and from a distance gives the effect of a large wine bottle.

45 Campbell Street Rutherglen 3685

Big Wool Bales Hamilton 1989 3×12 m (9.8×39.4 ft) The cafe and souvenir shop within the Big Wool Bales closed in June 2013 due to a lack of profit.[155]
The Giant Worm Bass 250×4 m (820×13 ft) Located on the Bass Highway, the Big Worm contains interactive displays and one can walk inside. There are also animals to view and a gift shop on the property. Closed to the public since 2010 and covered in graffiti. Demolished in December 2020.[156]

Western Australia edit

Name Location Built Size Notes Image
Big Apple Donnybrook 7×4 m (23×13 ft)
Big Banana Carnarvon 6×1 m (19.7×3.3 ft) Cnr Robinson St & Boundary Rd
Bert Bolle Barometer Denmark 1985 Over 12.5 m (41 ft) A working water barometer being the largest barometer in the world, recognised by the Guinness Book of Records. Built in the Netherlands by Bert Bolle and donated to the community of Denmark in 2007. The barometer was considered a monument and carried the name 'The Bert Bolle Barometer'. It was set up in The Barometer Tower in the Denmark Visitor Centre, but was removed in 2011
World's Tallest Bin Kalgoorlie 1980 About 8 m (26 ft) tall Located on Hannan Street[157]
Big Bobtail Stirk Street, Kalamunda, Perth 2012 9×1.3 m (29.5×4.3 ft) Carved out of rammed earth by Yagan memorial artist Roman Antoniuk,[158] and modelled on a 300 mm (11.8 in) blue-tongued skink that lives on the block.
The Big Camera Meckering

-31.63167, 117.0071

A building housing a museum of photography and a huge collection of cameras
The Big Cricket Bat Narrikup The eight metre tall bat was constructed by Tony Poad, who has revived the local general store into not only a thriving mixed business, but also a cricketing museum. Although the museum is located at the general store, the Big Cricket Bat is situated at the local cricket ground. Accompanying the Bat is the world's first known cricket oval cricket bat fence, which is essentially the boundary picket fence with eh top and bottom rails made out of normal planks and the vertical pickets are cricket bats. The fence is currently unfinished and it is assessed that the builders (who are on the local cricket team and led by Tony Poad) need approximately 2,000 more bats to complete the project.
The Big Crocodile Wyndham

-15.4874, 128.12385

1987 18×3 m (59.1×9.8 ft)
King Neptune Two Rocks, Yanchep 1982[159] Heritage-listed (2006). Originally built for Atlantis Marine Park.
The Big Lobster Dongara Corner of the Brand Highway & Moreton Terrace
The Big Lollipop Ravensthorpe Situated at the 'Yummylicious Candy Shack' lolly shop at 89 Morgans St, Ravensthorpe, WA. Also home to some big Liquorice allsorts.
The Big Marron Old Kent River Winery,

4341 S Coast Hwy, Kent River WA 6333

Known as "Rex of the River", based on the local species of freshwater crayfish, the Cherax tenuimanus. The Big Marron is located at the Old Kent River Winery, between Denmark and Walpole.
The Big Mushroom Balingup

-33.78859, 115.97637

Situated in the gardens of the Old Cheese Factory, Nannup Road, Balingup.
Big Orange Harvey

-33.06318, 115.89183

2 m (6.6 ft) diameter
Big Periodic Table Joondalup 2019 600 m2 (6,500 sq ft) The world's largest permanent periodic table of the elements can be found on the side of the five storey science building (Building 15) at Edith Cowan University and can be viewed from a smaller periodic table picnic table nearby. The periodic table is more than 4 times larger than the previous largest at the University of Murcia in Spain. It was inaugurated to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the table's creation by Russian chemist Dmitri Mendeleev.
The Big Prawn Exmouth Situated outside the Exmouth Cultural Arts Centre.
The Giant Ram Wagin 13×9×6 m (43×30×20 ft)
Leeuwin Way Whale Eucla 10×3 m (32.8×9.8 ft) Situated in the carpark of the Eucla roadhouse, Eyre Highway.
The Big Wheelbarrow Port Hedland Situated at the entrance to the Wedgefield Industrial Area between Port Hedland and South Hedland.
World's Largest Wooden Pendulum Clock Nannup 2019 Over 6 m (20 ft) The world's largest wooden pendulum clock. Built in the Nannup by Kevin Bird and housed in a purpose-built tower it opened to the public as a tourist attraction in January 2019. Made out of local timber Jarrah and Sheoak. The clock was removed in May 2019; only the building remains.
Fergus the Bull Forrest Highway, just north of Bunbury 23 December 2002 4 m A 4m wooden carved cross legged bull, resting its chin on its left hoof and holding a wine goblet in its right hoof. Fergus is the mascot for Ferguson Valley, an area in Dardanup.

In popular culture edit

Locations of a number of Australia's big things
  • The London production of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert: the Musical references the Big Prawn, Big Merino, Big Pineapple and the Big Banana.
  • The ABC produced a documentary titled Big Things as part of its program The Big Picture.
  • The National Museum in Canberra has a comprehensive multimedia exhibit displaying many big things.
  • In 2007 Australia Post issued a set of 50c postage stamps by Reg Mombassa, commemorating five of the most iconic big things:
    • The Big Banana at Coffs Harbour (NSW)
    • The Big Golden Guitar at Tamworth (NSW)
    • The Big Lobster at Kingston SE (SA)
    • The Big Merino at Goulburn (NSW)
    • The Big Pineapple at Nambour (QLD)[160]
  • Danny Wallace mentions Australia's big things in his book Yes Man.
  • Travel writer Bill Bryson details his visit to the Big Lobster and the Big Bull in his book Down Under / In a Sunburned Country
  • In the Australian comedy film Young Einstein, when the titular character books into a hotel, the desk clerk asks if he's "Here to see the Big Bed?"
  • English stand-up comedian Ross Noble visited many of Australia's big things during his 2009 tour Ross Noble's Australian Trip.
  • Australian comedians the Listies categorise Australia's big things in their comedy dictionary, Ickypedia, as "Enbigenating".
  • The Big Pineapple appears in TY the Tasmanian Tiger 2: Bush Rescue.
  • In 2004, the Foxtel channel TV1 featured Magda's Big Things hosted by Magda Szubanski between commercial programming. Szubanski would visit a "Big Thing" and provide amusing, but often fictional, commentary. Magda's Big Things was the winner of the 2004 ASTRA Award for Most Outstanding Australian Production Short Form.
  • In 2022, Australian confectionary brand Allen's released a gummy lolly mix called Big Aussie Road Trip containing 5 gummy sweets inspired by the Big Things.[161]
  • In 2023, Melbourne punk band Private Function released their third album 370HSSV 0773H. The album cover included a scratchcard competition to win $2999, a test pressing of the album and the winner's face on all future pressings of the album if all three scratchcard pictures matched. The scratchcard pictures included photos of the Big Banana and the Big Koala.[162][163]
  • In 2023, the Royal Australian Mint released a set of commemorative $1 coins featuring ten of the "big things".[164]
  • In 2023, five of the sculptures were used to illustrate Australian $1.20 stamps.[164]

See also edit

References edit

General references edit

  • Clark, David (2004). Big Things: Australia's Amazing Roadside Attractions. Penguin Books. ISBN 0-14-300200-7.
  • Scutt, Craig. The Little Book of Big Aussie Icons. Five Mile Press. ISBN 9781741786002.
  • Clarke, Amy (2017). "Australia's 'Big' problem – what to do with our ageing super-sized statues?" The Conversation (Australia). 19 September 2017.
  • Clarke, Amy (2017). "Australia's Big Dilemma: Regional/National Identities, Heritage Listing and Big Things." Quotation: Proceedings of the 34th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, edited by Gervork Hartoonian and John Ting, p. 46–56. University of Canberra. ISBN 9780646981659.

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