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 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.



  • Not sure about all ofthese “big” attractions. The ones I hve been to are not a big deal…


  • We have visited many ‘Big Things’ on road trips and we will add the Big Watermelon to the list. The Big Banana is probably the most enjoyable one we have visited.


  • Some of my best memories were going on car trips and having sneeky stops at some of oz’s “big” attractions. Looks like a new road tripping holidays needs to be planned.

    • I agree with you; I had a wonderful time in childhood visiting and having fun at ‘big things’ and now we are passing this tradition on to our own children.


  • I’ve been to the big banana, the big pineapple (I think it’s closed now), a big shoe (NSW South Coast), the big potato (Robertson NSW) and I think I’ve been to the big cheese too! Oh and the big Merino of course


  • My kids would love to visit this. Time to have a competition to go there.


  • Wow this looks amazing. How can you not love these tourism attractions. We will definitely be stopping when in Queensland.


  • My dad took us to see the big crank shaft… this looks more fun.


  • It looks great,will visit when passing in Queensland!


  • Memories are all we have of a Festive Time.


  • Without a doubt the big watermelon and the big cheese for sure


  • I’d love to take the kids to visit The big banana and Apple :) there favorite fruits


  • We lost one big thing but it’s probably for the best.

    Newcastle’s ‘embarrassing’ Queens Wharf Tower to be demolished
    A TOWER dubbed “lewd”, “unfortunate” and an “embarrassment” is to be torn down. But a backlash has begun in a bid to save “the big _enis”.
    IT’S the lewd landmark that will soon be no more — an embarrassing erection set to fall because city politicians can’t stand the sniggers from tourists.
    Newcastle’s Queens Wharf Tower is to be demolished next year due to a maintenance bill of $1.6 million and lack of disabled access.
    But a senior staff member has admitted it’s not just cost and the lack of a lift which sealed the tower’s fate.
    “There aren’t many cites around the world that have placed a 30m high phallic symbol in their most prominent public place,” Newcastle City Council’s interim chief executive Jeremy Bath told Fairfax.
    But a backlash has already begun with calls to save Newcastle’s “big _enis”. One campaigner has demanded the city “save our schlong”.
    Opened in 1988, the structure, named after Queen Elizabeth II, was the centrepiece of a $13 million dollar development to celebrate Australia’s bicentenary.
    The tower has left visitors scratching their heads due to its slender shaft topped with a bulbous observation deck.
    “There really is no other way to describe the Queens Wharf Tower other than as an embarrassment to the city,” said Mr Bath.
    The tower hasn’t stood the test of time and in recent years its increasingly shabby exterior has been targeted by vandals.
    Newcastle Lord Mayor, Nuatali Nelmes, said the tower would be felled in mid-2018, giving those keen for the view across the CBD and Hunter River the chance to ascend the 180 steps one more time.
    “It’s at the end of its useful life as an asset. It has no disabled access. Only the very fit and able can get to the top of it.
    “Also, as the discussion has been around on social media, it has a very unfortunate shape,” she told ABC.
    NOVEMBER 29, 2017


  • My husband is desperate to do a big things of Australia tour. I guess now there is another one to add to the list.


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