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Cobram’s giant peach plan adds to Australia’s list of big things

Christine McGinn, Amy Clarke, November 15, 2017 7:05PM Herald Sun

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The Big Banana is seen in Coffs Harbour. Picture: AAP/Dave Hunt media_cameraThe Big Banana is seen in Coffs Harbour. Picture: AAP/Dave Hunt

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Huge fruits, vegetables, animals and icons started popping up around Australia in the 1960s when statues like the Big Banana in Coffs Harbour were opened to great fanfare.

Now there are more than 200 “Big Things” designed to attract tourists around the country and Victoria is about to get another one.

Cobram, a town on the Murray River, will soon unveil* a giant peach to celebrate the town’s agricultural history.

Undated. James Cornish with canning peaches at his Cobram orchard. Peach. media_cameraLocal James Cornish with peaches at his Cobram orchard.

Cobram Barooga Business and Tourism (CBBT) group are forking out $50,000 for the sculpture, which will be unveiled in February.

CBBT member Cath Noonan hopes the giant peach will bring attention to the Cobram.

“We wanted to promote the town,” Mrs Noonan said.

“We are hoping they stop, take a photo and head into town.”
Here are 10 more famous giant statues and sculptures from around Australia:

The Big Pineapple

Location: Nambour, Queensland

The Big Pineapple, built in 1971, was once one of Australia’s most beloved Big Things.

It was once a necessary pit-stop on the Queensland coastal tourist trail.

In 1983, even Prince Charles and Princess Diana visited it.

But in recent years the number of visitors to the Big Pineapple has fallen dramatically*.

In 2009, the Big Pineapple was added to the Queensland State Heritage Register, giving it some legal protection. This move also imposed an expectation that the owners would maintain the structure for future generations.

BCM 16.3.12 Riley, 9 and Neve Taylor, 11 with a miniature Alpaca, goat and sheep at the Animal farm at the Big Pineapple. Pic Megan Slade. Story Peter Hall. media_cameraRiley and Neve with the Big Pineapple. Picture: Megan Slade

The Big Ned Kelly

Location: Glenrowan, Victoria

Glenrowan was the site of the Kelly Gang’s infamous last stand in 1880.

And its big drawcard these days is the huge 6m tall statue of bushranger Ned Kelly, which was erected by local souvenir shop owners at a cost $12,000 in 1992.

While relatives of the victims of the Kelly Gang have called for it to be taken down, the huge Ned and the Ned Kelly Museum remain.

Big Ned Kelly in Glenrowan, Victoria. From the book Big Aussie Icons. One-time use only. media_cameraThe Big Ned Kelly.

The Big Banana

Location: Coffs Harbour, NSW

The 13m long Big Banana was built in 1964 and remains an Australian icon decades later.

It was one of the first Big Things built in Australia.

News Corp journalist's Rod Chester photo of his wife, Anna, and daughter Meg for story on family traditions and the passing of time. Picture taken September 2011. Picture. Rod Chester media_cameraAnna and Meg in front of the Big Banana. Picture. Rod Chester

Larry the Lobster

Location: Kingston SE, South Australia

South Australia’s giant lobster Larry was built in 1979.

He’s 17m tall and made of fibreglass.
The State Government offered $10,000 to help in late 2015 to help bring him back to his former glory.

The Lobster was recently the subject of a nationwide fundraising campaign #PinchAMate led by radio hosts Hamish and Andy.

Supplied Editorial Fwd: pics of Larry. media_cameraLarry the giant lobster.

The Big Strawberry

Location: Koonoomoo, Victoria

Koonoomoo’s big berry is a drawcard for tourists who stop to snap a picture with the supersized strawberry.

Tourists stop to snap the giant fruit, pick their own berries or enjoy a treat at The Big Strawberry store.

The Big Strawberry media_cameraThe Big Strawberry.

The Giant Murray Cod

Location: Swan Hill, Victoria

It doesn’t get much more Aussie than a Giant Murray Cod in Swan Hill.

The fish sits out of water near the main train station and spans 11m in length and 6m in width.

It was originally a film prop for the 1992 film Eight ball but became such a favourite that a home was found and its remained there ever since.

Giant Murray Cod media_cameraGiant Murray Cod.

The Giant Koala

Location: Dadswells Bridge, Victoria

The giant marsupial* on the highway in Dadswells Bridge, just outside of Stawell, is part of a bigger tourist attraction complex where you can grab a bite, meet koalas and get up-close with wildlife.

The statue stands 14m tall and weighs 12 tonnes.

The Giant Koala at Dadswells Bridge is up For Sale. Rated as Australia's best big thing, the fibreglass marsupial stands about three stories high. Owners Rob and Julie-Anne McPherson are looking to move on to a new business venture. Julie-Anne holds up a smaller koala from the gift shop. media_cameraThe Giant Koala at Dadswells Bridge.

The Big Captain Cook

Location: Cairns, Queensland

The Big Captain Cook stands on the side of the Cook Highway but the hotel that once accompanied it has long been demolished.

Locals are divided over the appropriate fate of the landmark — should he be repainted dismantled, or relocated to a place such as James Cook University where, in 2006, students petitioned* for his adoption?

Indigenous artist Munganbana Norman Miller has proposed the Cook statue be given a Big Boomerang to hold.

QLD_CP_NEWS_BIG_BOOMERANG_23JAN17(2) media_cameraArtist Norman Miller wants to build a giant boomerang to place in the hand of the Big Captain Cook. Picture: Marc McCormack

The Big Prawn

Location: Ballina, NSW

This giant crustacean was built in 1989 but in 2009 Ballina council’s threatened to demolish it.
Bunnings stepped in to save the huge creature, paying $400,000 for a makeover and the addition of a tail in July 2013.

The Big Prawn stands 9m high and weighs a whopping 35 tonnes.

The Big Prawn is seen in the town of Ballina, NSW, Wednesday, October 25, 2017. The 'big things' of Australia are a loosely related set of large structures, some of which are novelty architecture and some are sculptures. There are estimated to be over 150 such objects around the country,  most began as tourist traps found along major roads between destinations. (AAP Image/Dave Hunt) NO ARCHIVING. media_cameraThe Big Prawn looms large. Picture; AAP/Dave Hunt

The Giant Gnome

Location: Frankston, Victoria

This 9m stainless steel artwork, Reflective Lullaby, is the creation of sculptor Gregor Kregar and sits on Cranbourne Rd.

The $250,000 gnome is said to watch over motorists and the roads and has become a local treasure.

But some motorists complained it caused glare and was a distraction with motorists slowing to take a look.

gnome city media_cameraThe giant gnome. Picture: Derrick den Hollander


unveil: show for the first time

dramatically: by a lot

petitioned: got people to sign in support



Activity 1. My town’s big thing

Most of the big things mentioned in the article have some significance to the towns they are located in.
Identify something that relates to the history, industries or nature in your town or suburb that could become your big thing.

Write a letter to your local council to convince them of why this is an appropriate choice and how building your big thing could benefit the community.


Make a postcard showing the big thing you chose for your town.

Time: allow 40 minutes to complete this activity
Curriculum links: English, Civics and Citizenship

Activity 2. Mini models

Several of the big things detailed in the article have their heights/lengths/widths stated.

Draw scale pictures of three of them on 1cm grid paper.
Your scale should be 1:100 — so one metre (or 100cm) of the actual big thing equals one centimetre on your paper.
To show how big they are in relation to a human, also draw a picture of yourself using the same scale.


In a large clear area, measure out the actual dimensions of the big things so you can get an idea of how big they really are.

Time: allow 15 minutes to complete this activity
Curriculum links: Mathematics


(Vocabulary, Connectives, Openers, Punctuation)

Big things for a big country

Your town has asked you to create a big statue to represent what the town is known for. Research the history of where you live or ask some older members of the community what features are historic and should be captured and celebrated.
Write a pitch to the local council explaining why your statue should be chosen for your town.


Design the structure and what features should be displayed inside the object to give a history of why you chose it for your town.

Time: allow 25 minutes to complete this activity

Curriculum links: English, Art, Big Write, VCOP








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