Is it cool? Is it quirky?

Call it what you like, but you won’t spend long in Australia before you come across a ‘Big Thing’.

“What is an Australian Big Thing?” I hear you say. Well, let me explain.

Australia is a huge country; absolutely enormous in fact. Australian drivers cover massive distances without giving it a second thought. They’re used to it. So, to provide landmarks along the way, and to celebrate local features, giant models are placed along roadsides all around Australia. These are known as Big Things.

It all started with the Big Banana, which was constructed with the intention of attracting customers to a banana stall by the road in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales. It quickly became an Australian habit.

From big prawns, whales, and mangoes, to kangaroos and guitars, there are lots of Australian Big things – almost 150! Motorists could cover hundreds of kilometres before they had seen all of the Australian Big Things. You can definitely go on a dedicated Big Things tour in Australia.

Here’s a list of some of my favourite Australian Big Things. On your next Aussie road trip, see how many you can see!

Big Things in New South Wales

Big Banana, Coffs Harbour

Big Windmill, Coffs Harbour

Golden Guitar, Tamworth

Big Tomato, Gunnedah

Big Avocado, Duranbah

Big Beer Can, Cobar

Big Wine Bottle, Cobar

Big Ant, Broken HIll

Big Bench, Broken Hill

Big Prawn, Ballina

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Big Wine Bottle, one of Australia’s Big Things

Big Things in Queensland

Big Mango, Bowen

Big Gumboot, Tully

Big Bull, Rockhampton

Captain Cook, Cairns

Big Rum Bottle, Bundaberg

Big Barrel, Bundaberg

Big Apple, Thulimbah

Big Barramundi, Daintree

Big Boot, Chermside

Big Cassowary, Mission Beach

Big Crab, Miriam Vale

Big Cockatoo, Mossman

Big Pineapple, Woombye

Big Macadamia Nut, Nambour

Big Marlin, Cairns

Big Pelican, Noosaville

Big Aussie Meat Pie, Yatala

Big Things in Victoria

Big Koala, Cowes

Giant Koala, Dadswells Bridge

Big Miner, Ballarat

Giant Murray Cod, Swan Hill

Big Ned Kelly, Glenrowan

Big Strawberry, Koonoomoo

Big Tap, Cowes

Big Things in South Australia

Big Galah, Kimba

Big Wombat, Scotdefsco Community

Big Whale, Nullarbor Roadhouse

Big Dice, Barrier Highway

Big Lobster, Kingston

Big Olive, Tailem Bend

Big Orange, Berri

Big Oyster, Ceduna

Big Scotsman, Medindie

Big Orange, Berri, Australia

Big Things in West Australia

Big Prawn, Exmouth

Big Whale Shark, Exmouth

Big Kangaroo, Border Village

Big Whale, Eucla

Tin Camels, Norseman

Big Ram, Wagin

Big Banana, Carnarvon

Big Crocodile, Wyndham

Big Things in Northern Territory

Big Boxing Crocodile, Humpty Doo

Big Aboriginal Hunter, Anmatjere Community

Big Stubbie, Larrimah

Big Things in ACT

Big Mushroom, Belconnen

Big Owl, Belconnen

Big Things in Tasmania

Big Penguin, Penguin

Big Tasmanian Devil, Mole Creek

Big Platypus, Latrobe

Big Cherry, Latrobe

Big Coffee Pot, Deloraine

How many Australian Big Things have you seen, and which are your favourites? Here’s another map of Big Things to look at!

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  • I'm sure you've had similar experiences I had whilst traveling. You're in a certain place and a fellow traveler, or a local, tip you off on a little-known beach, bar or accommodation. Great travel tips from other travelers or locals always add something special to our travels. That was the inspiration for Travel Dudes.