The popular summer fruit has just been honoured with its own attraction in the Queensland town of Chinchilla – and we can’t wait to visit!
In a competition to find Australia’s next Big Thing, the Big Melon has won out, beating a campaign to build a Big Peanut theguardian.com.au reports. The Queensland town of Chinchilla, known as the melon capital of Australia, is now the proud owner of a four tonne, nine metre long watermelon that we just can’t wait to visit – what an Instagram hotspot!
Staple of Regional Tourism
Australia’s Big Things are a staple of regional tourism, attracting thousands of visitors each and every year. The competition, run by booking company Wotif, saw four regional towns battle it out to get the next Big Thing. Nearby Kingaroy congratulated Chinchilla, with Kristy Board from the Big Peanut campaign telling The Guardian, “If we were going to come second to anyone, we were hoping it would be the Big Watermelon,” she said. “They are our neighbours, they are in Queensland. They are our rural sisters basically.” We have to admit the Big Peanut would have been amazing, but nothing says Australia and summer quite like the vibrant pink of a Big Watermelon.
The Next Big Thing
So once you’ve visited The Big Watermelon, we think it’s time you consider visiting the other Big Things that Australia has to offer. Check out some of our favourites below:
The Big Apple – Stanthorpe, QLD
No, you’re not in New York, but we think the Big Apple is close enough. And you know what they say about an apple a day! Paying tribute to all the apples grown in the area, the Big Apple can be found two and half hours south west of Brisbane on the Cunningham highway.
The Big Banana – Coffs Harbour, NSW
Perhaps the most infamous of all the Big Things is the Big Banana, located out the front of the local banana plantations gift shop. Standing 5m high by 11m long, this 40 year old icon was one of the first Big Things in Australia and is a must see!
The Big Cheese – Bega, NSW
As you enter Bodalla on the NSW south coast, you can see the tourist service housed inside what is perhaps our favourite Big Thing – The Big Cheese. Featuring an ice-cream parlour and gift shop, all you need now is a very big glass of wine to go with it!
The Big Galah – Kimba, SA
If you’re not into birds, the idea of an 8m high gala may not be for you, but for visitors to The Halfway Across Australia Gem Shop on the Eyre Highway, this Australian icon makes for a pretty amazing photo op and is a tribute to the abundance of Australian wildlife in the area.
You can check out the full list of Big Things here.
Which Big Thing would you most like to visit and why? Tell us in the comments below.