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Australia's 'big' icons

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5 May 2010

More than 150 over-sized animals, fruits and other strange objects dot the Australian landscape and Australians have until 12 May to upload photos and share their aussie holiday stories explaining why there’s nothing like Australia for a chance to win a $25,000 Australian holiday and daily digital camera giveaways.

A specially created web site - www.nothinglikeaustralia.com - will feature the user-generated content and it is expected millions of international travellers a year will visit to the new site to help plan their Australian holidays.

Tourism Australia Managing Director, Andrew McEvoy, said: "There can’t be too many family photo albums that don’t have a shot of mum, dad and the kids lined up in front of the Big Banana, or the Big Pineapple."

"Now is the time for everyone to open those old albums and share these fantastic holiday fun times with the world.

"The ‘bigs’ are such a great example of the Aussie sense of humour and ingenuity that it’s impossible to imagine an Australian holiday map without them. But it’s up to Australians to put them there," he said.

Among the most famous ‘big’ things in Australia is The Big Banana, near Coffs Harbour on the North Coast of New South Wales, an area famous for its banana plantations. The 13-metre-long giant yellow fruit has been stopping highway traffic since 1964 and is part of a tourist complex featuring fun rides, educational tours, a café and a gift shop.

Other quirky giants include a giant ram called The Big Merino in Goulburn, The Big Pineapple south of Nambour, The Big Cheese at Bega, and The Big Croc and Big Buffalo in the Northern Territory.

Elsewhere there’s the Big Koala, Big Pelican, Big Prawn, Big Gumboot, Big Bull, Big Milkshake, Big Rolling Pin, Big Barramundi, Big Penguin, and a Big Ned Kelly to name a few.

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