New South Wales thinks big

21 September 2013

In New South Wales, bigger really is better.

Australia’s “Big Things” are becoming somewhat of a cult phenomenon, and in New South Wales alone people are travelling from far and wide to see the larger-than-life sculptures – which sounds like a perfect excuse for a road trip to us!

Imagine how good your photo album will look with a collection of the biggest sculptures, monuments and weird yet wonderful creations from around NSW. To feel like Alice after she fell down the rabbit hole and drank the magic potion, shrinking to a fraction of her original size, plan your big road trip in New South Wales and get ready for one mightily-big adventure with our top ‘Big’ picks.

Take a big sip

In the Hunter Valley you’ll find a monument dedicated to one of the region’s finest exports. The Big Bottle of Wine in Pokolbin is a massive 7 metres tall with an open fire within the bottle and the neck of the bottle acting as a chimney. You’ll find it in the Hunter Valley Gardens.

Have a big strum

For the musically gifted, a pin on the roadmap definitely has to be at Narrandera for a strum on the world’s Biggest Playable Guitar. This Big Thing has been given the big tick from the Guinness Book of Records for its size – it’s a full 6 metres in length and 2 metres wide. The area is known for its country music, which is what inspired the installation in the first place.

The Big Playable Guitar, Image Credit Bec - Flickr

The Big Playable Guitar, Image Credit Bec – Flickr

Hit a big ace

Sports fans could add Barellan to their itinerary for a game of tennis and a chance to see the Giant Tennis Racquet in the Evonne Goolagong Park. This tiny town installed the sculpture to pay tribute to Aussie tennis great Evonne Goolagong Cawley. They took Cawley’s tatty old wooden racquet and made the monument identical – and 20 times larger!

Giant Tennis Racquet, Image Credit Gary Hayes - Flickr

Giant Tennis Racquet, Image Credit Gary Hayes – Flickr

Tell the big time

You may have passed through Singleton while on a trip through the stunning Hunter Valley. But did you check the time as you went? This area is home to the world’s Biggest Sundial. The 30-tonne time-teller was developed in the community’s 1988 Bicentennial Project and stands as a nod to both the old technology in the area and new developments.

Giant Sundial in Singleton, Image Credit ABC Open Hunter - Flickr

Giant Sundial in Singleton, Image Credit ABC Open Hunter – Flickr

Take a big bite

If your lifelong dream has been to visit a giant banana, then you’re in luck. This Coffs Harbour attraction is one of the most famous Big Things in the country.

The Big Banana is constantly surrounded by visitors posing with the giant fruit snapping photos. At 5 metres  high and 11 metres long, the banana towers above school kids and carves out its own place in the Australian history as a worthy contender for most famous Big Thing.

Big Banana, Image Credit Kane Gledhill - Flickr

Big Banana, Image Credit Kane Gledhill – Flickr

And finally… Take a big seat

How about taking a rest on the aptly named Big Bench in Broken Hill after your road trip? You’ll find it on the mound of mine deposits in the area known as the Line of Lode next to the Broken Earth Restaurant. You can easily fit eight people on the bench, and don’t forget to grab some great photos looking over the city… right from the comfort of your Big Bench!

The Big Bench in Broken Hill, Image Credit Peter Csaba - Flickr

The Big Bench in Broken Hill, Image Credit Peter Csaba – Flickr