Queensland’s 7 Best Big Things
Australia is a vast country with a total area of 7.692 million km². Given its size it’s probably not surprising that the country has a love of all things “Big”. You only have to take a look at The Big Scotsman in South Australia to know that this is the case, The traditional Scottish piper is huge.
However, it’s in Australia’s second largest state Queensland that Big Things really come into their own. Queensland may not be the largest state in Australia but it’s still impressively big. Covering an area of 1,727,000 square kilometres, the state is seven times bigger than Great Britain and almost 273 times bigger than Singapore.
- QLD is 7 times bigger than Great Britain
- Big Things is synonymous with QLD
- There is a QLD Big Things Roadtrip
The size theme continues within the state. It’s famous for its Big Things like the Big Captain Cook and the Big Orange . There is even a Queensland Big Things Road Trip that you might want to check out. Here are 7 Best Big Things in Queensland that you should look out for.
The Big Apple, Stanthorpe
This is a favourite landmark, 13km north of Stanthorpe along the New England Highway. The area is called Thulimbah and it’s at the centre of Queensland’s apple growing industry.
Stop off at The Big Apple and you can have fun posing for a photo that makes you look like you are taking a bite out of the giant fruit. You may also want to check out other giant fruits in Queensland like The Big Strawberry and The Big Pineapple.
The Big Cane Toad, Sarina
“Buffy” the cane toad is a much-loved sight in the town centre of Sarina. He gets his pet name from the scientific name of the cane toad, Bufo Marinus.
The original statue was made from paper mache. However, it was later cast in fibreglass, to permanently recognise the cane farming history of the area.
The Big Cassowary, Mission Beach
Cassowaries are pretty big birds anyway, but this one is huge. The 16 ft high statue of the local flightless bird is a famous landmark at Mission Beach. It was created to recognise the high population of real cassowaries in the area.
Visitors to the Big Cassowary may get to see one of his real-life cousins. It’s worth mentioning that these birds can give a nasty kick if they are in the mood. Of course, the Big Cassowary is a lot more peaceful.
The Big Easel, Emerald
Any fans of the artist Vincent van Gogh should head to Emerald in Central Queensland. This is where The Big Easel art installation, created by Canadian Cameron Cross, is situated.
The artwork depicts the famous Sunflowers painting by Van Gogh. It’s one of a collection of seven Big Easels to be set up in different parts of the world. Two of the others are situated in Altona, Manitoba, Canada and Goodland, Kansas, USA. Final locations for the remaining Big Easels have yet to be agreed.
The Big Mango, Bowen
You can find the Big Mango in Bowen. It’s a popular tourist attraction in the city, according to TripAdvisor. The mango is made from fiberglass and was built in recognition of the area’s mango orchards.
Of course, the orchards never produce anything this large. The Big Mango weighs around seven tons and is 10 metres tall. It could possibly be the biggest mango in existence.
The Big Curtain Fig Tree
The Curtain Fig Tree is not an over-sized recreation of an object. It’s an actual tree that is located at Curtain Fig Tree Road, Yungaburra, in the Tablelands Region. This amazing and beautiful tree is thought to be more than 500-years-old and is heritage listed.
The tree is a member of the strangler fig species fichus virens. Its unusual shape was caused by one tree growing against another at a 45-degree angle. This caused the strangler vine to grow and hang like a curtain.
The Big Peanut, Tolga
The Big Peanut is actually a Big Peanut Man that attracts custom to the Peanut Place in Tolga which is located in the Atherton Tablelands in North Queensland. Unsurprisingly, this quirky store sells wares that are all peanut related. This is highly appropriate in an area where around 10,000 tonnes of peanuts are grown each year.
These seven of Queensland’s best big things all have their own individual appeal. If you spend enough time in the state, you may be able to pay a visit to them all. You can even take a detour to visit The Big Croc on the banks of the Norman River, if you have time.