• 2020.07.28
  • OZ big things
My initiation into the nonsense of Australian large things took place during a guided walking tour I took in Melbourne a couple of years ago.
I asked the guide what that huge, all-rounded capital letter that popped out of the sidewalk in front of the Central Library was and he replied that it indeed was a big capital letter. I remember I tried to insist to learn more about the object and to try to understand if it had some kind of significance for the city but no, it was just a big large letter.
So I found out that there are different categories of large things here in Australia and that was part of the completely purposeless and ornamental ones, born from urbanistic and architectural jokes.

These are also some large things that were built in homage to some typical element of a territory - natural or human-produced. For example, in the north, around Mission Beach, there is a large cassowary, to remind us that if we go into the local rainforest. we may be lucky enough to come across one of these rare and prehistoric birds. Along the highway towards Sydney, watching over motorists in transit, there is a huge Merino sheep.
It was erected in tribute to the sheep breeding for which the region stands out. During opening hours, you can even enter the sheep, visit a wool-themed mini-exhibition and even go up on it to look at the view.

Finally, there are the big things that do not have a precise link with a limited region, but simply represent Australian icons and, as such, they deserve to fascinate and attract visitors just like the Giant Koala Bear that, with its 15 meters of height, stands tall reminding us about these precious animals symbol of Australia.
It is made in fiberglass and its position at the entrance of a tourist farm makes it a great attraction.
Inside the koala one can find gadgets and souvenirs for sale.

Speaking of random large objects, I have read that in Australia there is the world's longest rolling pin on the roof of a bakery and, one I have seen, the giant statue of Ned Kelly in Glenrowan.
Down under, few figures are more iconic than Ned Kelly. The young man was the most famous of all the brave outlaws who in the years of the country's construction gave police forces a hard time. The village of Glenrowan, a couple of hours north-east of Melbourne, was the scene of an epic battle where Ned and his gang entered the legend for having forged themselves, by hand and by hand, metal armour, with lots of helmets carving slits at eye level like in medieval times. Today Glenrowan is a tiny village entirely dedicated to Ned, starting with the imposing Big Ned Kelly that will welcome you with your rifle in hand along the main road.

One of the main and most famous large things in Australia is the large banana that punctually indicates the starting point of the tour through the plantations, called the World of bananas, in the beautiful port of Coffs.
I have also read that they had a large mango and it would have been nice to also write to you to watch the Giant Mango in Queensland, but they stole it some time ago and the question everyone is asking is how they did it without being seen given the size.



  • Alberto Ferrando
  • Jobcivil engineer

Hello everyone! I’m originally from Italy and I moved to Sydney, Australia, in 2012 after getting a job as a civil engineer. I love walking my dog along the beach, surfing and taking photos. I used to have a travel blog because I’m passionate about traveling and I love writing about it too. Sydney is my home base now and I wish to share how amazing it is to live here. I love to spend time outdoors and I’m always well informed about local events because my girlfriend works in event management.

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