BUNCH OF 5

QUEENS­LAND’s BIG THINGS

The Courier-Mail - QWeekend - - UPFRONT - baz mcalister

Big Gum­boot

Al­most 8m tall, the Golden Gum­boot in Tully was of­fi­cially opened in 2003. Its height marks the record an­nual rain­fall in the North Queens­land town, which was 7900mm in 1950 (the av­er­age is a mere 4000mm). It rains there 150 days of the year.

Big Ap­ple

Try­ing to take the ti­tle of Queens­land’s New York is Thulim­bah, on the South­ern Dar­ling Downs, which has its own Big Ap­ple on the New Eng­land High­way to wel­come trav­ellers to the state’s ap­ple-grow­ing hotspot.

Big Mango

Bowen’s mon­ster mango is three storeys high and weighs in at 10 tonnes – but that didn’t stop an elab­o­rate plan by chicken chain Nando’s, which “bor­rowed” it one dark night in 2014 by crane as a pub­lic­ity stunt.

Big Pineap­ple

At Woom­bye on the Sun­shine Coast, the 16m plumes of one of the state’s best­known tourism icons pre­side over a pineap­ple plan­ta­tion ringed by a lit­tle rail­way and fea­tur­ing a pe­tite zoo. To­day, it hosts its sec­ond an­nual mu­sic fes­ti­val.

Big Bull

Rock­hamp­ton is home to sev­eral big bovines whose mas­culin­ity is of­ten called into ques­tion by the mys­te­ri­ous theft of their ce­ramic “bulls’ jew­els” – no mat­ter how many times the coun­cil fits them with new pairs.

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