LOCATION: Koumala (QLD)
This Big Can was a very unexpected surprise — that we almost drove straight past!
Luckily, one of our #TeamALPHABET touring party managed to spot it... and, of course, we stopped for a photo!
LOCATION: Home Hill (QLD)
This was the second Big Can discovered by #TeamALPHABET — this time in Home Hill.
LOCATION: Home Hill (QLD)
These two giant cane cutters can be found at the Home Hill Showgrounds.
The pair were built to celebrate the important contribution Indigenous, South Sea Islander and European Australians have made to the sugar cane industry in the Burdekin region.
LOCATION: Sarina (QLD)
We knew it was our destiny to meet this Big Cane Toad — so, it was know surprise when it leapt into view.
With the scientific name Bufo marinus, this big toad is affectionately known as 'Buffy' by Sarina locals.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, right?
CARPET SNAKE 🐍
LOCATION: Ayr (QLD)
This beautiful Big Carpet Snake can be found at Plantation Park, Ayr.
The carpet snake — or Gubulla Munda — is the totem and protective spirit of the Biri Gubba people. This magnificent monument was built to honour indigenous people buried nearby.
LOCATION: Ringwood (VIC)
Take a seat...
...if you can climb up!
These massive seats were found in the foyer of the fabulous Karralyka Centre.
LOCATION: Bodalla (NSW)
This massive wheel of cheese was once the pride of Bodalla...
But the cheese factory it stood outside unfortunately closed (in 1987),and this monument is now a little worse for wear.
However, #TeamALPHABET is happy to report there is now a NEW cheese factory just down the road — and yes, we bought lots of cheese! (As well as icecream... and milkshakes! YUM!).
LOCATION: Young (NSW)
Young is the 'cherry capital of Australia'...
...and they celebrate with this big bunch of cherries (we're sure they celebrate in other ways as well!).
LOCATION: Churchill (VIC)
This 32 metre tall 'spire' was built in Churchill in 1967 — just two years after the town was established..
Although the spire is almost always referred to as a "cigar", it wasn't built to look like one! It was simply built as a 'monument of interest'.
However, given that this golden spire kind of looks like a cigar and Sir Winston Churchill (the man after which the town was named) famously smoked cigars, the connection was quickly made, and the nickname has stuck...
LOCATION: Wodonga (VIC)
These massive cicadas were created by artist Vicki Luke. They form part of a fabulous art trail that snakes around the twin cities of Albury-Wodonga.
LOCATION: Moonbi (NSW)
The little town of Moonbi is often referred to as the "poultry capital of NSW". What better way to celebrate that fact than with the construction of a marvellous fibreglass chook!?
We think this is PERFECT!
CRAB #1 🦀
LOCATION: Miriam Vale (QLD)
The awesome crab was a wonderful discovery. We'd seen pics of this on various listicles BUT we weren't actually aware that we were going to drive past it — until we drove past it!
We were THRILLED to add this Big Crab to our list. I mean, look at that little crabby face! Adorable.
CRAB #2 🦀
LOCATION: Cowell (SA)
This big thing is a thing of beauty!
Constructed from wooden slats, this Big Crab is one of three sea creatures to be found in the seaside town of Cowell.
Stationed beside this remarkable artwork are a Big Mussel and a Big Fish (follow the links to discover these other wooden critters!).
CROCODILE #1 🐊
LOCATION: Mackay (QLD)
This cartoon crocodile is one of FOUR concrete monuments to be found in Old Mulherin Park (Mackay).
We don't know much about these sculptures, other than that they have all been around since at least the early '80s (and that they are beloved by locals).
See also: Fred Flinstone, Old Mother Hubbard's Shoe and the Snoopy...
CROCODILE #2 🐊
LOCATION: St Lawrence (QLD)
A little more realistic than the cartoony beastie above, this Big Croc is well worth the short detour from the Bruce Highway into the teeny weeny town of St Lawrence.
LOCATION: Cunnamulla (QLD)
Larger than life, this fella dominates the remote outback town of Cunnamulla.
The Cunnamulla Fella is a song written by Stan Coster and sung by Slim Dusty — and this statue immortalises this titular archetypal bushie in stunning bronze.