This is the last week of our “The big things of Australia” which are blogs about some amazing collections of loosely related statues, structures or sculptures. There are estimated to be over 150 such objects around the country and we will are taking an in-depth look at some of them and the access equipment needed to make them or maintain them. We end this week of things with a top 5 because it is Friday and we look at what sort of access equipment is needed to deal with some of the World’s biggest animals…
The Top 5 Big Creatures of Australia
5) The Big Cow – Nambour, Queensland (source)
Impressive as this Big Cow is, it’s still just a cow standing in a field doing not much at all. The Big Cow was once part of a much bigger tourist farm, where kids could milk the cows and do many other such farm activities and it is also worth noting that it has a static room access ladder round it’s back-end!
4) The Big Koala – Dadswell bridge (source)
Research has revealed that the Big Koala at Dadswell Bridge in Victoria is widely considered to be the most Australian of all the ‘big things!’ It ranked ahead of other quintessentially Aussie icons including ‘The Big Captain Cook’ & ‘The Big Beer Can’
3) The Big Penguin – Tasmania (source)
Everyone love penguins right?!? Well you won’t like this one because it can literally kill you! The problem is “The Big Penguin” was originally made from deadly asbestos! But the good news is that in 2011 it was replaced with one much less dangerous.
2) The Big Galah – Kimba (source)
It seems that “The Big Galah” is in fact quite big indeed! At over eight metres high, two and a half metres wide over two tonnes in weight, It was constructed of steel, high tension bird wire, fibreglass and gel coated and was erected in July 1993 where it still is today.
1) The Big Lobster – Kingston (source)
This one has a great story behind it because “The Big Lobster” that was originally ordered to be made was much, much smaller and was designed to sit on top of the nearby building which was designed to resemble a lobster pot. But somewhere along the line instructions got mixed up and the lobster was built-in metres instead of feet, and is as it stands even today a rather impressive 17 metres tall and 4 tonnes. We think they are just lucky it didn’t end up on the building!
We hope you have enjoyed reading our “Big Things” for the last 2 weeks and it comes with sadness to tell you that it is now finished and we will also not be doing a main blog post for a while. But if you enjoyed them please pass them on to your friends.
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