The best Australian ‘Big Things’ on the east coast drive
Like meat pies and swatting flies, there’s nothing more Australian than hitting up the iconic 'Big Things' on a summer road trip.
Ever heard of The Big Prawn? How about The Giant Koala? These Australian sculptures and statues have become just as iconic as the destinations themselves on the great Aussie road trip.
One of the first was the Big Banana in ‘64, but things really took off in the 80s thanks to the Mokany brothers. The two Hungarian petrol station developers came up with the concept of putting ‘Big Things’ near their locations to attract visitors. They decided to make these monuments tributes to the town’s industries – that's how Goulburn got its Big Merino and Ballina got the Big Prawn.
Now, there are over 150 of these all-around Australia – what can we say, when we like a trend, we go big – so we’re going to focus on the popular east coast route from Victoria to Queensland. And while there are plenty of ways to survive the family road trip, finding Australia’s Big Things that represent a particular region – Tamworth’s Big Golden Guitar, we’re looking at you – provide fun and a bit of a 'punny' laugh for the whole family.
*Please note there may be COVID-19 restrictions of the place you intend to visit. Some items on this list may have a change in operating hours. For the most up-to-date information, please check the website of the attraction you wish to visit.