Australia's big things

Australia's big things

The Big Things of Australia are a loosely related set of large structures or sculptures. There are estimated to be over 150 such objects around the country, the first being the Big Banana in Coffs Harbour, which was built in 1964.

The big things have become something of a cult phenomenon, and are sometimes used as an excuse for a road trip, where many or all Big Things are visited and used as a backdrop to a group photograph.

List of Big Things (by State / Territory)

A.C.T.

Queensland

Victoria

Western Australia

In popular culture

* The ABC produced a documentary titled "Big Things" as part of its programme 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 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). [http://www.gibbonsstampmonthly.com/story.asp?storycode=3094&preview=1]
* Danny Wallace mentions Australia's big things in his book "Yes Man".

References

;General references
* "Big Things" by David Clark, published by Penguin (ISBN 0-14-300200-7).;Specific references and notes

ee also

* List of World's Largest Roadside Attractions
* Dunedoo, New South Wales, which decided against "The Big Dunny"
*Novelty architecture

External links

* [http://www.bigthings.com.au/ Australian Big Things] Comprehensive list of Australian big things, big things statistics and photographs
* [http://www.abc.net.au/backyard/features/big_things.htm ABC Online - Friends, Family and Big Things] - photographs of Australian Big Things, including lesser known examples
* [http://www.travelmate.com.au/BigThings/BigThings.asp Big Things Guide] Learn all about this great Australian art form, marvel at the photos or add stories of your encounters, in Travelmate's BIG THINGS.
* [http://www.coastalsurvey.com/travel/australia/big_oz.htm Coastalsurvey] Big Stuff in Australia. Coastalsurvey found some notable additions -- including the big lobster.


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