A Slice of Melon

Western Queensland Road Trip #1 Chinchilla

Australia is renowned for its collection of “big things” – there are more than 150 over-sized objects scattered across the country.

Goulburn, New South Wales, is the centre of a prosperous wool growing district and there you’ll find the Big Merino.

In the fruit growing region of northern Victoria is the Big Strawberry, on the Goulburn Valley Highway at Koonoomoo.

The Big Rocking Horse is located at Gumerach in South Australia, outside a wooden toy factory.

And the Big Galah, on the Eyre Highway at Kimba, South Australia, is located exactly halfway between Sydney and Perth.

Have you heard about Australia’s newest “big thing”?

In 2018, the vacation booking website Wotif launched a nation-wide competition, asking Australians to help select their next big thing. The finalists included a big kilt in Glen Innes, a big peanut in Kingaroy and a big tulip in Mittagong, all reflecting each district’s community or industry. The winner, voted by the Australian public as their favourite, was The Big Melon in the western Queensland town of Chinchilla.

With a warm temperate climate perfect for melon farming, Chinchilla is the centre of Australia’s most productive melon growing region. Every second year, the community celebrates their love of melons during the Chinchilla Melon Festival. Activities during February’s four day event incorporate everything melon related, including pip spitting, melon tossing and melon skiing competitions.

If you’re travelling on the Warrego Highway and you pass through Chinchilla during melon season, make sure you allow a little extra time. Once you see The Big Melon, you’ll be wanting some of the real thing.


46 thoughts on “A Slice of Melon

  1. We have a few big things in New Zealand, too, but what an entertaining collection you have in Australia. The melon looks delicious and deliciously real. When I visit Cairns, I make the most of the beautiful watermelons in the market.

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  2. And here I was thinking it was America that was known for “big things” and “bigger is better”! Ha.

    I love that first sculpture of the big merino. That is really a beautiful work of art! The watermelon has a lovely whimsical quality to it as does the strawberry. These photos reminded me of a trip we did in the countryside of France which had the same idea of putting sculptures at the entrance to small villages which indicated the main product to be had.. It is such a great way of highlighting a place’s specialties.


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  3. Love it! Haven’t seen The Big Rocking Horse or the Melon yet but I’ve seen loads of other big things. Makes you wonder what’s next doesn’t it. Pretty ingenious. 😊

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  4. I believe I may have come across the BIG Pineapple! Australia is very much like the US I think in lots of ways, including big billboards. As for the melon, well this is one kind that I absolutely detest the flavour of. Though I must admit it does look realistic, unlike that strawberry.

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  5. I’ve said it before… but Australia certainly knows how to do things in a big way! When I saw your title, I thought we were going to see a giant sized chinchilla and was puzzled that your first photo didn’t look like what I always thought a chinchilla should look like!! Then I read your words… πŸ˜‰
    That slice of watermelon has put me in the mood for a slice of watermelon now. πŸ˜€

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  6. Love this post. While driving we always love to come across great, unusual roadside attractions. It’s summer here, so the watermelon just made me go to the refrigerator and have some. The huge galah is my favorite as I just loved seeimg them when I visited Australia. Thanks for the photos. Love them

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  7. I love oversized quirky things like these. I love the watermelon. I found a similar road in South Dakota, the Enchanted Highway, where there were a series of oversized sculptures, and I found a supersized buffalo in the Dakotas as well. I think our countries share similar humor in that way. πŸ™‚

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