The Top 5 Big Icons Of Australia: Big Things That’ll Have You Saying, “Crikey!”

As one of Australia’s favourite roadside assistance and battery providers with a nationwide network, we’ve had the pleasure of exploring the country’s finest destinations and experiences. From oversized marine life to giant produce and a 20ft bushranger, here’s our rundown of the top five big icons in Australia.


The Big Banana, New South Wales

The big banana, New South Wales

Caption – Photo courtesy: Wikimedia Commons.

Where to spot it: in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales.

One of Australia’s favourite and most famous big icons. Built-in 1964 and set amongst a banana plantation, it was one of Australia’s first “big things” and began its life as an advertisement for a nearby banana stand. Now a national icon, it receives over one million visitors a year!

The Big Banana now stands at the entry to a theme park that features a number of family friends attractions, such as:

  • a downhill toboggan ride
  • an ice skating rink
  • a water park
  • the World of Bananas educational experience
  • Banana plantation tours

Click here to plan your trip to The Big Banana. If you ever run into car trouble while visiting the Big Banana, holler for a Marshall by calling the local battery expert, TNT Auto Sparks.


The Big Pineapple, Sunshine Coast, Qld

The Big Pineapple, Sunshine Coast, Qld

Caption – Photo courtesy: Wikimedia Commons.

Where to spot it: In Woombye, on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.

Speaking of large fruit, Queensland has its own roadside attraction in The Big Pineapple. The Pineapple was built in 1971 to draw tourists to the region, where pineapples and macadamias were the primary agricultural produce.

Since its humble beginnings, it has found a place in the hearts of many Australian and overseas tourists, who have fond memories of road trips up to Brisbane that always included a family photo along the way at The Big Pineapple.

These days, a visit to the Pineapple can also include a ride on the heritage-listed Pineapple Train that winds through the steep and stunning rainforest, orchids, and bamboo forest that surrounds the region and also stops at Wildlife HQ – a wildlife attraction featuring native and exotic animals.

Tickets to ride the train are $13.75 for adults and $11.75 for kids, making this a very affordable and family-friendly day out! Read more about The Big Pineapple here.

Marshall Batteries Sunshine Coast is just 15 minutes away from The Big Pineapple and ready to assist with any car troubles you may encounter on your way there.


The Big Lobster, South Australia

The Big Lobster, South Australia

Caption – Photo courtesy: Wikimedia Commons.

Where to spot it: In Kingston SE, in South Australia.

The Big Lobster is one of the quirkiest on our list of Australian big icons. A local lobster fisherman from the coastal town, known for its seafood industry, commissioned the Lobster to be built as a means of attracting tourists to the local visitors centre back in 1979 – and it has certainly done its job, making a name for itself worldwide and even scored a visit from radio duo Hamish and Andy!

The Big Lobster certainly makes a great and unusual backdrop for a family photo and is definitely worth checking out if you’re travelling on the Princes Highway through South Australia.


The Big Merino, New South Wales

The Big Merino, New South Wales

Caption – Photo courtesy: Wikimedia Commons.
Where to spot it: In Goulburn, New South Wales.
Built in 1985, standing 15.2 metres high, 18 metres long, and weighing an impressive 97 tonnes, The Big Merino in NSW is an impressive sight to see.
Originally constructed to celebrate the region’s fine wool industry. Modelled off a famous stud ram of the time, Rambo, The Big Merino now houses a gift shop and a permanent exhibition from Australian Wool Innovation, depicting the 200-year history of wool in Australia.
The gift shop has a wide range of woolly goodies, such as Ugg boots, sheepskin throws, fine wool scarves, and plenty more. Check out their website here.
Rapid Auto Repair is just seven minutes away from The Big Merino and ready to assist with roadside assistance and battery replacements should you need it.

The Big Ned Kelly, Victoria

The Big Ned Kelly, Victoria
Caption – Photo courtesy: Wikimedia Commons.
Where to spot it: In Glenrowan, Victoria.
To say Ned Kelly is a household name in Australia is an understatement. The famous bushranger and folk hero has been immortalised on film, in award-winning books, through song, and in the 6-metre statue that stands at Glenrowan, Victoria – the site of the Kelly Gang’s final, bloody showdown with police.
The imposing statue, adorned in Kelly’s famous homemade armour and coat, is just one feature of the Glenrowan heritage precinct. Other attractions include the Ned Kelly Museum, a blacksmith and armoury, gift shops, and plenty of places to wine and dine. You can check out more here. Call Newtons Mobile Workshop and North East Exhaust & Brake Specialists for assistance with any car breakdowns in the area.
And that’s our roundup of Australia’s top five big things! If you’re planning a road trip around these big icons, don’t let car trouble ruin the fun. Check if your car battery needs a replacement, and if yes, Holler for a Marshall at 1300 627 742, and we’ll get you moving again and on your way!


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