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QUEENSLAND’s BIG THINGS
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.