When it comes to family holidays, sometimes it pays to think a little outside the square.  Australia has many famous landmarks, but some of the best ones to see on your next holiday are larger than life!

Let’s take a look at some of Australia’s most fun Big Things, what they are, what you can do there and where they are, so next time you’re planning a holiday, you can inspire the kids with something a little bit different.

1. The Big Banana – Coffs Harbour NSW.

Nestled on the gorgeous Mid North Coast of New South Wales in the ocean side city of Coffs Harbour, one of Australia’s most famous big things is the Big Banana. Not just a giant piece of fruit, this attraction offers lots of fun for families of all ages. Try out ice skating on the indoor ice skating rink year round, taking a toboggan ride, or, for the warmer weather having some slip and sliding fun on the inflatable water park. Activities are available in a package ticket or individually.

2. The Big Pineapple – Woombye, Sunshine Coast QLD.

Situated on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland, the Big Pineapple stands 16 metres high and offers an animal farm, rainforest walk and a train ride through the plantation. There are also all weather markets and a music festival in planning, definitely a destination that offers something for everyone. The Big Pineapple itself, is now heritage listed.

3. The Big Rocking Horse – Gumeracha SA.

If you’ve ever travelled in South Australia, then chances are you may have heard of the Big Rocking Horse, and if not, it’s definitely a destination worthy of dropping into on your next visit. Standing over 18 metres tall, the giant rocking horse is a complete tourist destination which also includes a toy factory, wildlife park and café.

4. The Big Koala – Dadswells Bridge VIC.

Travelling through inland Victoria may find you pass through the tiny town of Dadswells Bridge. If you happen to find  yourself in the area, then you won’t be disappointed by visiting the Big Koala. This giant Koala is made of Bronze and set on a steel frame that towers 14 metres into the air. While you’re there, take a stroll around the animal park and say hi to the local residents. Before continuing on your travels definitely grab a bite to eat in the café/restaurant.

5. The Big Golden Guitar – Tamworth NSW.

A famous landmark for those who love country music, Australia’s Big Golden Guitar is giant replica of the smaller awards handed out annually to country music award winners. A great photo opportunity, it’s the complex in which the Big Golden Guitar stands that offers the true attraction, including food, refreshments, souvenirs and gifts, a wax museum and collectors museum.

Do you have any suggestions for great family holidays, or would you like to know more about places to go with the family for a short break? Use the comment form below and let us know what you would like to know more on… we might be able to help you out!

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  • Yay, I am 100 % all for this list. I think more of us should be holidaying right here at home, a lot safer and helping out our fellow Aossies


  • Heading towards the Riverland in SA there is a tower the shape of a wine glass.
    In Gumeracha you can climb the rocking horse. We only climbed to the first level because I had Grandma as well as 2 small children – one child very determined who was determined not to do as she was told. Part of the climb you are enclosed in what appears to be a huge old style circular chimney or pipe and the steps in it are very steep. You can see some scenery from the 1st level. I am not a good climber so I certainly was not risking any of us not being capable or slowing others up too much. I was told later that the scenery from the bridge at the top is spectacular. There is also a Toy Factory right next to it and you can sometimes watch the wooden toys being made; a souvenier shop amd a little shop that sells food such as icecreams. I didn’t check out what else it had. From memory there is also a small animal sanctuary right next to it. You use the same carpark. I don’t know what it is like now but a few years ago we went past the Big Koala. Unfortunately the trees were sheltering it a bit too well, there was no signs in advance and we almost missed it completely. The road wasn’t very wide in that section either.


  • cheers loreena for posting this article


  • This is interesting! Thank you for sharing this!


  • I’ve been to 4 of the 5 posted here but also the big milkshake, the large rolling pin, the big sheep bales, the big merino and the giant lobster.


  • Been to 3 of them. The big rocking horse is quite cool.
    So is the toy shop and all the wooden toys.


  • looking great


  • Never even heard of number 4 actually


  • that is a cool list! i never knew that there was a big koala so wow


  • Thanks again; have shared info with friends heading off on trips.


  • Thanks for sharing ‘Big Things’- always lots of fun.


  • I think these are great we visited the Big Rocking Horse when I was younger – must take my family there one day


  • ….oh and I seen, been and eaten at the big banana… which isn’t that big but has a great set up around it.


  • I remember going to the big koala as a child! Definitely going to take my son there :)


  • What fun! I haven’t seen most of these! But I have seen the big prawn :)


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