Watch Out For Australia's Big Things

Watch Out For Australia's Big Things

Is it cool? Is it quirky?

Call it what you like, but you won’t spend long in Australia before you come across a ‘Big Thing’.

“What is a Big Thing?” I hear you say. Well, let me explain.

Australia is a huge country; absolutely enormous in fact. Australian drivers cover massive distances without giving it a second thought. They’re used to it. So, to provide landmarks along the way, and to celebrate local features, giant models are placed along roadsides all around Australia.

It all started with the Big Banana, which was constructed with the intention of attracting customers to a banana stall by the road in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales. It quickly became an Australian habit.

From big prawns, whales, and mangoes, to kangaroos and guitars, there are lots of Big Things across Australia, almost 150. Motorists could cover hundreds of kilometers before they had seen them all.


Here’s a list of some of my favourite Australian Big Things. On your next Aussie roadtrip, see how many you can see!

New South Wales

Big Banana, Coffs Harbour

Big Windmill, Coffs Harbour

Golden Guitar, Tamworth

Big Tomato, Gunnedah

Big Avocado, Duranbah

Big Beer Can, Cobar

Big Wine Bottle, Cobar

Big Ant, Broken HIll

Big Bench, Broken Hill

Big Prawn, Ballina



Big Mango, Bowen

Big Gumboot, Tully

Big Bull, Rockhampton

Captain Cook, Cairns

Big Rum Bottle, Bundaberg

Big Barrel, Bundaberg

Big Apple, Thulimbah

Big Barramundi, Daintree

Big Boot, Chermside

Big Cassowary, Mission Beach

Big Crab, Miriam Vale

Big Cockatoo, Mossman

Big Pineapple, Woombye

Big Macadamia Nut, Nambour

Big Marlin, Cairns

Big Pelican, Noosaville

Big Aussie Meat Pie, Yatala



Big Koala, Cowes

Giant Koala, Dadswells Bridge

Big Miner, Ballarat

Giant Murray Cod, Swan Hill

Big Ned Kelly, Glenrowan

Big Strawberry, Koonoomoo

Big Tap, Cowes


South Australia

Big Galah, Kimba

Big Wombat, Scotdefsco Community

Big Whale, Nullarbor Roadhouse

Big Dice, Barrier Highway

Big Lobster, Kingston

Big Olive, Tailem Bend

Big Orange, Berri

Big Oyster, Ceduna

Big Scotsman, Medindie


West Australia

Big Prawn, Exmouth

Big Whale Shark, Exmouth

Big Kangaroo, Border Village

Big Whale, Eucla

Tin Camels, Norseman

Big Ram, Wagin

Big Banana, Carnarvon

Big Crocodile, Wyndham


Northern Territory

Big Boxing Crocodile, Humpty Doo

Big Aboriginal Hunter, Anmatjere Community

Big Stubbie, Larrimah



Big Mushroom, Belconnen

Big Owl, Belconnen



Big Penguin, Penguin

Big Tasmanian Devil, Mole Creek

Big Platypus, Latrobe

Big Cherry, Latrobe

Big Coffee Pot, Deloraine


How many of Australia's Big Things have you seen, and which are your favourites?