For some reason, Australians love taking an everyday object and turning it into a giant attraction. And, what’s not to love? These monoliths are often accompanied by museums and shops – even the odd music festival – and hold cultural significance to the towns they call home. Here are 10 of Australia’s favourites.
1. The Big Pineapple
The Big Pineapple is a Queensland institution. Located on the popular Sunshine Coast, it’s one of Australia’s most popular destinations for selfies. Each year the Big Pineapple plays host to the Big Pineapple Music Festival, which draws in massive crowds, and the site itself also has weekly markets, a zoo and visitor area. It was especially popular in the 1970s as the ultimate Queensland family road trip destination.
2. The Big Banana
The Big Banana is a tourist attraction and theme park in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales. It has a toboggan ride, ice skating rink and water park, as well as a ‘world of bananas’ educational experience. Bonus points go to the Big Banana for its slogan – ‘it’s a whole bunch of fun!’
3. The Big Rocking Horse
This is one way to advertise a toy shop. Just 40 minutes from Adelaide, the Big Rocking Horse is both a toy store and a "Big Thing". There's an on-site workshop that shows visitors how to make good-old-fashioned wooden toys, as well as a wildlife park and café in the same vicinity. Visitors can also climb the rocking horse for $2 and they’ll receive a certificate to say they did it at the end. Perhaps this is one to take the grandkids to.
4. The Big Lobster
Seafood lovers rejoice because you can get up close and personal with a huge red spiny lobster near the entrance of Kingston in South Australia. Larry, as he has been dubbed by the locals, draws in thousands of visitors each year, originally being built to do just that. Nice one, Larry!
5. The Big Merino
The Big Merino is a monumental celebration of Australia’s wool industry. Located in Goulburn, New South Wales, it was built in 1985 as a testament to the district’s fine wool industry. Today visitors can pop in and buy some of the highest quality wool products in the world, as well as visit the permanent exhibition on Australian wool innovation.
6. The Golden Guitar
Tamworth’s Golden Guitar is a symbolic nod to the town’s celebration of Australian country music and its artists. It’s an icon of the Tamworth Music Festival and a Golden Guitar Music Award is one of the greatest honours an Australian country musician can receive.
7. The Big Trout
The town of Adaminaby, 51km northwest of Cooma in the Snowy Mountains, is a popular trout fishing area. And what better way to commemorate this than with a 10m-high fibreglass trout? Completed in 1973, it has become an icon for the town and The Friends of the Fish Committee even completed a recent restoration on the monument to return it to its former shining glory.
8. The Big Bogan
Standing proud in his stubbies with his freshly-caught mullet hanging off his fishing rod and southern cross tattoo blazoned on his deltoid, this is one big attraction with a lot of Aussie spirit. The Big Bogan is located in the Bogan Shire town of Nyngan, erected in 2015 to draw tourism to the area.
9. The Golden Gumboot
The Golden Gumboot is symbolic of a competition between the Far North Queensland towns of Tully, Innisfail and Babinda of which can hold the title of wettest town in Australia. The boot is located in Tully and stands at 7.9m tall. Visitors can walk inside the boot and view historical photographs of the floods. They can also climb the spiral staircase inside for a view of the town.
10. The Giant Koala
Near Dadswells Bridge in Victoria, a 12-tonne, 14m-high koala watches as visitors approach. While created in 1988 at the end of the boom time for the creation of Australia’s "Big Things", the giant koala was renamed Sam to honour the world-famous Sam the koala. The real Sam was suffered third-degree burns and lung damage after being caught in bushfires and eventually died from chlamydia.
This article originally appeared on Starts at 60.