Road Trip Favourites: Australia’s Big Things

Published
07 Jan 2021

Great Aussie road trips are known for rugged terrain, beautiful coastline and big stretches of wide, open road. But nothing captures Aussie charm quite like the ‘Big Things’ – novelty roadside attractions which started popping up in the 1960s and now are 150-strong across the country. From the Big Banana in Coffs Harbour to the Big Boxing Crocodile in Humpty Doo, the big icons have a cult following and collecting photos with as many as you can is a road trip tradition right up there with planning a playlist and packing the snacks.

Take some inspiration for your next driving holiday with some of our favourite Big Things state by state…

Queensland

THE BIG MANGO - BOWEN, QLD 

Bowen is famous for mangoes and you can’t miss the 10m high Big Mango on the A1 Bruce Highway just south of town. The perfect place to pull in for a rest and some photos, with views over the Whitsundays coast, be sure to try fresh local mango sorbet at the Information Centre.

Nearest G'day Parks:
Bowen Holiday Park, Bowen QLD 
Harbour Lights Tourist Park, Bowen QLD

THE BIG PINEAPPLE - WOOMBYE, QLD

The Sunshine Coast’s Big Pineapple is the tallest pineapple in the world, standing a towering 16m, and has been a favourite Queensland icon since the 1970s. Spend a day here for tree top rope course, ziplining, animal zoo and miniature train.

Nearest G'day Parks:
Alex Beach Cabins & Tourist Park, Alexandra Headland QLD
Landsborough Pines Caravan Park, Landsborough QLD

New South Wales

THE BIG BANANA - COFFS HARBOUR, NSW

One of the original Big Things, Coffs Harbour’s Big Banana was built in 1964. Much more than a roadside attraction, it’s home to a huge fun park with activities including giant slides, mini golf, reptile park and the biggest waterpark between Sydney and the Gold Coast. 

Nearest G'day Park:
Discovery Parks - Emerald Beach, Emerald Beach NSW

THE BIG GOLDEN GUITAR - TAMWORTH, NSW

The Big Golden Guitar, built in 1988, is 12m tall and was originally unveiled by country music icon Slim Dusty. While you’re in town, visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and National Guitar Museum to find out why Tamworth really is Australia’s country music capital. 

Nearest G'day Park:
Austin Tourist Park, Tamworth NSW

VICTORIA

THE GIANT KOALA - DADSWELL BRIDGE, VIC

No trip to the Grampians region is complete without a visit to the Giant Koala, located 30 minutes from Halls Gap. The 14-metre-high, 12 tonne statue has been a local fixture since 1989 and has a restaurant, souvenir shop and native animal petting zoo.

Nearest G'day Parks:
Halls Gap Lakeside Tourist Park, Halls Gap VIC
Lake Fyans Holiday Park, Lake Fyans VIC

THE BIG MURRAY COD - SWAN HILL, VIC

A monument to Australia’s largest freshwater fish, the Big Murray Cod is a former movie prop turned roadside attraction in lovely river town Swan Hill. Commemorate your river holiday with photos by the big fish – it’s one catch that won’t get away!

Nearest G'day Park:
Lake Boga Caravan Park, Lake Boga VIC

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

THE BIG LOBSTER - KINGSTON SE, SA

Known as ‘Larry’ to the locals, the Big Lobster has welcomed visitors to the fishing town of Kingston for 40 years. Standing a towering 17 metres tall above a restaurant and takeaway, it’s a perfect place to pause your road trip along South Australia’s Limestone Coast. 

Nearest G'day Park:
Kingston Foreshore Caravan Park, Kingston SA

THE BIG GALAH - KIMBA, SA

If you’re heading west over the Eyre Peninsula from Port Augusta, make a stop in Kimba – a town known for its location as ‘halfway across Australia’ and home of the Big Galah! The famous pink and grey bird has been around since 1993 and stands 8m high. 

Nearest G'day Park:
Shoreline Caravan Park, Port Augusta SA

Western Australia

THE BIG WHEELBARROW - WEDGEFIELD, WA 

For travellers making the trip up Western Australia’s coast Big Things are few and far between, but you’ll find the Big Wheelbarrow in Wedgefield (just outside of Port Hedland). Commemorating the Pilbara region’s rich mining operations, the giant yellow wheelbarrow is said to be the biggest in the world.

Nearest G'day Park:
Discovery Parks - Port Hedland, Port Hedland WA

Northern Territory

THE BIG BEER CAN - GHAN, NT

If you’re heading up Australia’s red centre, grab a snap with the Big Beer Can in Ghan (2 hours south of Alice Springs). Located outside the Kalgera Pub, it is reportedly the first and last stop for a drink in the NT. 

Nearest G'day Park:
Wintersun Cabin & Caravan Park, Alice Springs NT

TASMANIA

THE BIG PENGUIN - PENGUIN, TAS

You’ll find the Big Penguin in the town of Penguin (which, ironically, was named after the fairy penguin – the smallest penguin species), less than 30 minutes’ drive from Devonport. The Big Penguin has been there since 1975 and was erected to commemorate the town’s centenary.

Nearest G'day Park:
Discovery Parks - Devonport, Devonport TAS

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