Australia: home to some big things

You’ve heard of the Big Merino, the Big Banana, and maybe the Big Prawn, but what about the Big Beer Can, or the Big Bicycle? We take a look at Australia’s big things.

Australia: home to some big things

When you’re out on the road, the last thing that you need is another field with decrepit fences and yellowing grass. You want to see something else. Something exciting. You’re pretty sure everyone else in the car is bored of counting sheep – literal sheep standing in the fields by the side of the road – and you think that this reflects badly on you somehow.

Then, from out of nowhere, the Big Golden Guitar looms over you. A cheer erupts from the car. Trip made. You breathe a sigh of relief, knowing that you live in a country with an obsession with ridiculously big things – this truly is the lucky country. Here are a few other landmarks that you should look out for on your next road trip.

The Big Scotsman, Adelaide, SA
Created in 1963 by Paul Kelly, architect of unexplainable Big Things of Australia, the Big Scotsman is five metres tall, located at Scotty’s Hotel in Adelaide.

The Big Knight, Knockrow, NSW
No, this isn’t a monument to having your head in the toilet for half the night. Despite Australia’s lack of medieval history, the Big Knight stands tall and proud at the Macadamia Castle, a nut-themed amusement park and store.


The Big Boxing Crocodile, Humpty Doo, NT
The Boxing Crocodile is eight metres tall, stands outside a petrol station on the Arnhem Highway, and is completely unexplainable.

The Big Cigar, Churchill, VIC
A large replica of Sir Winston Churchill’s own favourite cigar, after whom the town is named. Although the details look like a cigar, at this scale, this attraction is more like a chimney. It’s close, but no cigar.

The Big Rocket, Moree, NSW
This is one for the kids. Made to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the first moon landing, the Big Rocket has two slides and a command play centre

The Big Poo, Kiama, NSW
Yes, this is an actual thing. Standing at one metre high, the Big Poo was built as a protest by local residents against Sydney Water’s decision against reusing wastewater in Kiama. Made out of foam, the Big Poo told Sydney Water that their decision stunk.

The Big Miner, Ballarat, VIC

Big is an understatement – the Big Miner an 8ft statue just waiting to greet tourists who enter Ballarat. If that’s not enough, then hit the Gold Rush Golf course and play a few rounds. Unfortunately, this course is only normal-sized.

The Bert Bolle Barometer, Denmark, WA
Recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest functioning water barometer in the world, the Bert Bolle barometer was made in the Netherlands as a gift to the people of Denmark, WA in 2007.

Author bio: Sarah Paige loves all of Australia’s Big Things. With several road trip worthy cars backed by Western Auto Finance, she goes on as many road trips as she can to see these things for herself.

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