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Australia’s Got A New ‘Big Thing’ You Need To Check Out

The Big Banana in Coffs Harbour, the Big Pineapple in Woombye, the Big Golden Guitar in Tamworth and who could forget Ballina’s Big Prawn? All Aussie icons, if you ask us.

We here down under have an infatuation for big things which, by the looks of things, isn’t slowing down any time soon.

Ladies and gentlemen, we give you the Big Melon.

Yep, this summer classic has been immortalised in the Melon Capital of Australia — Chinchilla, Queensland. Chinchilla’s iconic Melon Festival helped get the town over the line when earlier in the year hotel booking site Wotif were on the hunt to find the perfect resting ground for Australia’s next Big Thing.

There were thousands of submissions from passionate locals around the country, but the Big Melon reigned victorious over fellow notable finalists, Glen Innes’ Big Kilt (NSW), Mittagong’s Big Tulip (NSW) and the Big Peanut in the Queensland town of Kingaroy.

 

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Chinchilla’s monster big boy melon sits pretty at over three metres tall and almost nine metres wide, stealing the spotlight at the town’s local visitor centre.

If you didn’t eat a melon in front of the big melon this summer, are you really living your best life?

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Posted by AWOL on Saturday, 23 December 2017

How to get to the Big Melon

  • Fly Qantas to Toowoomba
  • Drive 162km (2 hours) via Warrego Highway
  • The Big Melon — Chinchilla, Queensland

(Lead image: Wotif