Visiting New South Wales and Queensland’s BIG Icons
New South Wales - Queensland
A look at some of the iconic ‘big’ sights in New South Wales and Queensland, like the Big Banana, the Big Pineapple, the Big Merino and many more.
Australia is a land obsessed with BIG things and the states of New South Wales and Queensland have a number of big icons to prove it, from the Big Banana at Coffs Harbour to the Big Golden Gumboot at Tully. Visiting these big icons can be a great way to learn about the culture, history and industry of these two states. If you’re currently staying in one of the many Brisbane apartments, Sydney hotels
, or even with friends, these two cities are perfect departure points for an extended tour of the big icons around New South Wales or Queensland.
The BIG Icons of New South Wales
New South Wales has a range of big things to visit and is even home to the controversial Big Poo, which was built in Kiama in 2002, as a protest against one of the Government’s planned sewerage schemes. However, if politically inspired toilet icons aren’t for you, some of the popular big things of New South Wales are:
The Big Merino
Located in Goulburn (195km southwest of Sydney), this iconic ram was unveiled in 1985 and is 15-metres by 18-metres. It was featured in the 2007 Australia Post Stamp series that celebrated Australia’s big icons. The Big Merino has a gift shop and a permanent exhibition on the history of Australia’s wool industry.
The Big Sundial
Located in Singleton (197km north of Sydney), this monument weighs 30 tonnes and claims to be the biggest sundial in the world. The sundial was constructed in Singleton’s town centre as part of the bicentenary celebrations in 1988.
The Big Golden Guitar
Located in Tamworth (420km northwest of Sydney), this huge instrument stands 12 metres high and weighs half a tonne! Celebrating Tamworth’s country music culture, this monument was unveiled in 1988 by the legendry country singer, Slim Dusty. The Big Golden Guitar sits outside Tamworth’s visitor centre, which also contains the “The Gallery of Stars” country music wax museum and a music souvenir shop.
The Big Banana
Located in Coffs Harbour (565km north of Sydney), this icon was built in 1964 and is 13 metres tall and 5 metres wide. It also featured in the 2007 Australian stamp series. The Big Banana houses a café, a gift shop and a number of other novelty stores. There is also a toboggan ride, an ice rink, and a 3-storey-high inflatable waterslide.
The BIG Icons of Queensland
Queensland is also home to a variety of big icons, one of the more unusual ones being the Big Paperclip in Brisbane. But besides oversized stationary, other big icons in Queensland are:
The Big Redback
Located in Eight Mile Planes (on the outskirts of Brisbane), this huge arachnid is 3-metres by 3-metres! Built in 1996, the spider is situated on the top of an outside dunny, capturing the childhood warning of checking under the toilet lid for spiders. Make sure it doesn’t scare you back to your service! Brisbane
has many more great things to see and do.
The Big Pineapple
Located in Nambour (104km north of Brisbane), this prickly giant was built in 1971 and is 16-metres by 16-metres. It was also part of the 50-cent stamp series, released in 2007, promoting Australia’s big things. The Big Pineapple offers tours around a pineapple plantation and has a souvenir shop.
The Big Stubby
Located in Tewantin (155km northeast of Brisbane), the Big Stubby stands over 8.5 metres high and was created out of 17,000 bottles. Situated next to the House of Bottles Museum, it was created in 1962. Visitors to the Big Stubby can also visit the House of Bottles Museum, which offers an interesting experience for visitors and bottle collectors.
The Big Mango
Located in Bowen (1159km northwest of Brisbane), the Big Mango stands 12 metres high and was completed in 2002. The monument was built to reflect the region’s mango production. The Bowen Visitor Information Centre is located at the Big Mango and there is a souvenir shop with a number of mango products to sample and buy.