Australia is famous for its big things/ structures. These big structures are often some very weird and are of bizarre things. It is estimated that there are around 150 big things around Australia and 60+ of them are in New South Wales (NSW) state alone. I have been visiting some of these big things every once in a while when I am on different road trips.
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11 Big things to see in NSW
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The Big Merino
I will start my list with my most favourite one among the lot, the Big Merino. The Big Merino, built in the year 1985, is a big structure of a Merino Ram, in Goulburn city of NSW. The locals call the Big Merino as Rambo and it was created for celebrating Australia’s fine wool industry.
In 2007, Australia Post issued a 50 cents stamp with the Big Merino.
- Goulburn is approximately 195 kilometres south of Sydney.
- There is no entry fee to see the Big Merino.
The Big Banana
Another beautiful big structure is the Big Banana. The Big Banana, built in the year 1964, was the first big structure created in Australia. It was created as a promotional signage for the banana stall that hosts the Big Banana. The structure of the Big Banana is in Coffs Harbour city in NSW.
In 2007, Australia Post issued a 50 cents stamp with the Big Banana.
- Coffs Harbour is approximately 540 kilometres north of Sydney.
- There is no entry fee to see the Big Banana.
The Big Crocodile
There are two big crocodiles in Australia, one is in Western Australia (WA) and the other in NSW. The Big Crocodile in NSW is in the Australian Reptile Park. The Australian Reptile Park is located in Somersby.
- The Australian Reptile Park is about 50 kilometres north of Sydney.
- There is an entry fee of AUD 43 per adult and the tickets can be purchased at the entrance or on their website.
The Big Oyster
The Big Oyster is a car dealership building in Taree. The structure was created in celebration of the oysters found in the region.
- Taree is approximately 315 kilometres north of Sydney.
- There is no entrance fee to see the Big Oyster.
The Big Turtle
Not so big than the actual turtle, this Big Turtle is definitely one of the things to see in Forster. The structure is located on a riverside.
- Forster is approximately 308 kilometres north of Sydney.
- There is no entrance fee to see the Big Turtle.
The Big Headphones
One of the coolest big things is the Big Headphones. It was created to recognise and honour the local musicians in Newcastle. When walked in between the headphones, the headphone play music. How cool is that! The sculpture was installed in the year 2015 and was created by Mark Tisdell as part of the Head Phone project. Newcastle is a harbour city in NSW and the second most populated area after Sydney.
- Newcastle is approximately 117 kilometres north of Sydney. There are many other things to do in Newcastle.
- There is no entrance fee to see the Big Headphones.
The Big Potato
The Big Potato, was built in the year 1977, by a local potato grower Jim Mauger. The structure is in the village of Robertson. It is around 10 metres long and 4 metres wide. The Big Potato is hollow from the inside and visitors can go inside the Big Potato.
- Robertson is around 98 kilometres south of Sydney in the Southern Highlands of NSW.
- There is no entry fee to see the Big Potato.
The Big Kookaburra was installed in the year 2009 to mark the Hydro Aluminium’s 40th year in the area of Kurri Kurri. It was a gift to the town by the Hydro Aluminium and it stands 4.5 metres high. The structure is in Rotary park. Kurri Kurri name comes from an aboriginal term that means either “man” or “the first”.
- Kurri Kurri is approximately 119 kilometres north of Sydney.
- There is no entrance fee to see Big Kookaburra.
The Big Ugg Boots
The Big Ugg Boots is in the complex of Mortels Sheepskin Factory and is located in Maitland city of the Hunter region. The Big Ugg boots is 13 times the size of a woman’s US size 8 Ugg boot. They are colourful and very pretty.
- Maitland is approximately 130 kilometres north of Sydney.
- Even though there is no entrance fee to see Big Ugg Boots, the structure is inside the factory gates.
The Big Wine Bottle
The Big Wine bottle is in the Hunter Valley, which is the home to Australia’s best wineries and vineyards. It is located in the Hunter Valley Gardens and the neck forms a chimney for an open fire. The structure was installed in the year 1998.
- Hunter Valley is approximately 173 kilometres north of Sydney.
- There is no entrance fee to see the Big Wine bottle.
The Big Axe
The Big Axe was originally built in the year 1979 which was replaced by the current structure in 2002 due to a damage. It is located next to the visitor centre in Kew, a small town in the Mid North Coast region.
- Kew is approximately 350 kilometres north of Sydney.
- There is no entrance fee to see the Big Axe.
As I mentioned in the beginning, this list is just a subset of all the big structures that exist in NSW. There are many more and I will continue on exploring more and seeing more structures. I would definitely suggest visiting or stopping over a few of these when you are on road trips to various destinations across NSW.