SO, you’ve hit Brisbane, picked up the keys to your campervan and thought, ‘wow, Queensland is big. Where do I start?’
Well, Nambour, 101kms north of Brisbane is the home of three “big’’ attractions, so that’s a good jot down for later. But to begin with take advantage of a few days on the Gold Coast, enjoy the fabulous holiday parks and check out the Big Golfball in Broadbeach and the Big Hard Rock Café guitar in Surfers Paradise during your stay.
When you are ready to head north again, the obvious attraction to see first in Nambour is the Big Pineapple. The heritage-listed prickly-topped attraction can still be seen and photographed, but don’t be surprised if it looks the worse for wear. The 16 metre-high construction was originally opened in 1971 as part of a working farm, but fell into receivership a couple of years ago. The Big Cow, north of Nambour has also been on shaky ground, but is still worth milking for a photo. The Big Macadamia Nut, not far from the pineapple, stands 10 metres tall and five metres wide and is another sight you’d be nuts to miss.
If you have the time and the dedication to see all things big, other attractions in Queensland include: The Big Barrell, Bundaberg; the Big Barramundi, Daintree; The Big Brolga, Townsville; The Big Captain Cook, Cairns; the Big Dugong, Rockhampton; The Big Golden Gumboot, Tully; the Big Mango, Bowen, and The Big Mower in Beerwah.
If your travels take you as far as the Northern Territory, big things on the agenda include the Big Boxing Crocodile in Humpty Doo, the Big Stockwhip in Acacia and The Big Stubbie in Larrimah.
Even Tasmania, as the smallest state in Australia, has a few big deals. But the biggest advantage in visiting such a smaller area is that once you decide to hire either a car or campervan, you can see a lot in one day. Here are some beauties: The Big Apple in Spreyton, The Big Coffee Pot in Deloraine, the Big Penguin, suitably situated in Penguin, The Big Platypus in Latrobe, the Big Slide Rule at the University in Hobart, the Big Spud in Sassafras, the Big Tasmanian Devil in Mole Creek, and one to hit you for six – the Big Wickets in Westbury.
Have fun enjoying all those big adventures.