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The big Pineapple. The big banana. The big galah. The big guitar. The big cheese. The big merino. The big orange. The big Ned Kelly.
There's pretty much a BIG chance you've seen (or heard) one of these Australian icons on your travels before.
Many of these big tourist attractions have a cult following and have been heritage listed. There are now some 150 'big things' to see around Australia - better start working on our list and ticking the biggies off!
Most big things house or are adjacent to a tourist trap of sorts, but it's all in good fun (I personally have many memories of The Big Pineapple and eating banana split in the cafe)! And there are some theories that the significance of these giant models goes way beyond roadside advertising – perhaps they represent our efforts to mark and make sense of the vast living space we have, or perhaps they help non-indigenous Australians lay claim to the land. Or perhaps, it's a bit of a lark. Whatever the case, the 15m-high Big Murray Cod (Swan Hill, Vic) and 15.6 Big Mushroom (Belconnen, ACT) share the same big-thing pedestal as the Big Lobster (Kingston SE, SA) and Big Milkshake (Tongala, Vic).
If you're taking a road-trip with the family anytime soon and want to look up these big adventures before you start your journey then the new book 'The little book of Australia's big things' will put you in the right direction.
The book is a celebration of Australian kitsch which profiles ten of the Big Things roadside attractions of Australia. Includes information and activities about the Big Banana, the Big Pineapple, the Giant Koala, the Big Lobster and many more.
Written by Samone Bos, illustrated by Alice Oehr, published by Hardie Grant Egmont.
Purchase your copy from all good bookstores and online here and if you're on instagram tag #thelittlebookofaustraliasbigthings to share your BIG THINGS design or encounter!