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Haven Magazine - - SCHOOL HOLS -

For no real rea­son other than ‘just be­cause’, Aus­tralia is home to more than 150 big things. From a golden gui­tar to a bar­ra­mundi, and even a fully-func­tion­ing pair of head­phones, there are plenty of big things that you can add to your to-do list these school hol­i­days.

THE BIG PRAWN, BAL­LINA

Bal­lina’s Big Prawn was orig­i­nally built in 1989, stand­ing at 9m high and weigh­ing 35,000kg – and that’s be­fore the tail was added dur­ing its 2013 makeover! Be sure to taste some of the lo­cal fresh seafood when you stop by the Big Prawn, which is one of Aus­tralia’s most iconic ‘big things’.

BIG­GEST GEODES, CRYS­TAL CAS­TLE

The home of the big­gest crys­tals in the world, Crys­tal Cas­tle is truly one-of-a-kind. Visit the world’s tallest geodes in the Shamb­hala Gar­dens – the 5.5m tall smoky quartz crys­tals are ap­pro­pri­ately named the ‘Crys­tal Guardians’ – or ex­plore the En­chanted Cave, the world’s largest amethyst cave weigh­ing in at more than 20,000kg.

THE BIG PINEAP­PLE, WOOMBYE

Ever wanted to climb a gi­ant pineap­ple? Of course you have! Visit the Sun­shine Coast’s most pho­tographed ‘big thing’ at the Sun­shine Plan­ta­tion for de­li­cious pineap­ple treats, a ride on the pineap­ple her­itage train and the best view from a pineap­ple in the world (at least, we’re pretty sure it is!).

BIG DI­NOSAURS, QLD MU­SEUM

There is so much to see in­side the Queens­land Mu­seum in Bris­bane’s CBD, but the gi­ant di­nosaurs that guard the out­side en­trance are per­haps the most mem­o­rable. Fun fact: both di­nosaurs were shipped over from New York and had to be re­assem­bled upon ar­rival at the mu­seum in the 1970s.

THE BIG BA­NANA, COFFS HAR­BOUR

It’s def­i­nitely fur­ther than a day trip, but a drive to see Coffs Har­bour’s Big Ba­nana is cer­tainly a mem­o­rable one. More than just a ‘big thing’, the Big Ba­nana is the mas­cot for the Big Ba­nana Fun Park, which of­fers wa­ter­slides, ice skat­ing, mini golf and heaps of yummo ba­nana-based treats!

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