Australians like things big. We have the big Banana in Coffs Harbour, the big Avocado in Duranbah, the big Merino in Goulburn, the big Prawn in Ballina, the big Mango in Bowen, the big Pineapple in Woombye, the big Orange in Berri, and the big Crocodile in Wyndham. There are many big things to see in Australia.
On the Western Highway (a favorite haunt of mine) there is another BIG thing. To stand out from the crowd it is known as The Giant Koala in Dadswells Bridge. It is a 14m tall bronze statue and is just off the highway. You can even go inside it. It has an ominous stare and a grim face with some wacky bronze curls coming out of its ears.
It is worth a stop and a wander through the track to stretch your legs. The real thing can be found if you look carefully amongst the trees. I found this little guy who seemed just as surprised to see me as I was to see him. It was fitting to see one of our national emblems in the flesh in the week leading up to Australia Day. So keep your eyes open as you wander and explore Australia, you may be pleasantly surprised at what pops out to say hello.