It’s the big things that count! From towering wildlife to historic tributes and enormous fruit, Australia’s unique ‘Big Things’ are as iconic Aussie objects they represent. In fact, Australia’s unique big attractions have been adding much-loved twists to the classic Aussie road trip since the 1960s. So strap in and get ready for our iconic Big Things Tour Australia. 

Big Cod Swan Hill (Vic)

Family in main street of Swan Hill Pioneer Settlement
Go back in time at the Swan Hill Pioneer Settlement. Image from Visit Victoria.

Standing proudly by the mighty Murray River, the Big Cod pays homage to the fish that has sustained the region from European settlement back to the Aboriginal mythology that weaves the story of the cod into the river’s creation. Eleven metres long and 6 metres high – this giant Murray cod was originally built as a prop for a film called ‘Eight Ball’. 

While you’re here visit the fascinating Pioneer Settlement, where you can explore an historic township. Don’t miss the famous Heartbeat of the Murray show, which uses lasers, water and special effects to transport you back to the origins of the Murray, all the way to the modern day. You can also explore this beautiful region on one of the many walking and cycling trails

Where to stay

Experience historic Swan Hill by staying within walking distance of the Pioneer Settlement at Quality Inn Swan Hill. Comfort Inn Lady Augusta is another great option just minutes from the Murray River.

The Big Bulls – Rockhampton (Qld)

The Cathedral at Capricorn Caves
Take a tour around the marvellous Capricorn Caves. Image from Tourism and Events Queensland

Get ready to encounter the Big Bulls of Rockhampton. Built between 1978 and 2000, Rockhampton’s seven bull sculptures represent the important role that bullocks played in local history, from providing valuable beef to hauling timber and goods across vast distances. These sculptures are the face of the annual Australian Beef Expo event. 

Take some time to visit Mount Archer National Park on the edge of town, and enjoy spectacular views of the city. This national park is also home to many rare woodland birds. The awe-inspiring Capricorn Caves also offers fossicking and abseiling adventures. 

Where to stay

Centrally located in the centre of Rockhampton, the Quality Hotel Regent Rockhampton is set in a beautifully refurbished, heritage-listed building. 

Giant Koala – Horsham (Vic)

Person looking out from the top of The Pinnacle at the Grampians.
Hike to The Pinnacle at the Grampians. Image from Visit Victoria.

Towering at 14 metres, the quirky Giant Koala has been capturing visitors’ hearts since it became an attraction in 1989. Weighing 12 tonnes and made of bronze, you’ll find photo opportunities galore. Step inside the koala to explore a shop where you’ll find souvenirs and more information.

Only 30 minutes from town, the stunning Grampians Gariwerd National Park and Wartook Valley are rich in Aboriginal cultural connections, hiking trails and waterfalls. Horhsam is also known as a gateway to the Silo Art trail. Check out the local silo art titled The Yangga Dyata (Walking on Country).

Where to stay 

The Comfort Inn May Park is centrally located in Horsham adjoining the beautiful May Park recreation area, providing guests with convenient access to the city’s attractions and shopping precinct. The Comfort Inn Capital Horsham is also conveniently located near Horsham Botanic Gardens and Wimmera River.

The Big Pineapple – Mooloolaba (Qld)

Kids in front of the heritage listed monument The Big Pineapple
Visit The Big Pineapple and snap a photo. Image from Tourism and Events Queensland

Welcome to the Big Pineapple Australia! Representing Australia’s vibrant tropical fruit industry, this 16-metre high fruit on the Sunshine Coast is a doorway to immersive sunkissed adventure. Explore the nearby plantation and taste delicious pineapple treats. You can also visit the zoo where you’ll meet monkeys, meerkats and red pandas.  

Enjoy one of the many restaurants next to the beautiful Mooloolaba Beach. You can also explore the surrounding waterways on a variety of memorable cruises. Take a Mooloolaba Canal Cruise – with a dash of champagne and seafood – or get up close to Mooloolaba’s resident whales on a Sunreef winter tour. 

Where to stay 

Where is the big pineapple, you ask? Only 15 minutes scenic hinterland drive from the boutique Breeze Mooloolaba, situated close to the waterfront and local dining attractions. Enjoy resort-style self-contained apartments in central Mooloolaba at First Light Mooloolaba.

Big Golden Guitar – Tamworth (NSW)

The Big Golden Guitar, Tamworth, NSW
Celebrate country music at the Big Golden Guitar Tourist Centre. Image from Tourism Australia.

A tribute to the city’s rich country music heritage, this towering guitar celebrates the Tamworth’s deep connection to music and creativity. Tamworth is hailed as the Country Music Capital of Australia, and the Big Golden Guitar stands proudly over the Australian Country Music Hall of Fame, which is home to extensive memorabilia. 

This region is also known for its delicious fresh produce. Savour the local flavours with a culinary experience at DECO Wine Bar & Restaurant, set in stylish surroundings. For a great view of the town visit nearby Oxley Lookout and take a stroll along Kamilaroi Walking Track to the Botanic Garden, Flagstaff Mountain and acclaimed Marsupial Park.

Where to stay 

You’ll find plenty of accommodation options that will help you make the most of your stay – and your ‘Big Things Australia’ experience – from boutique hotels to comfortable rooms and apartments. 

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