Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

Survey reveals Australia’s favourite ‘big things’

Survey reveals Australia’s favourite ‘big things’
July 17, 2012

The Big Banana at Coffs Harbour in NSW has topped a poll of Australia's favourite 'big things'.

The poll of 1,008 Australians, commissioned by TomTom, the supplier of in-car navigation products, revealed Australia's love affair with its big iconic attractions.

The survey showed 34% of Aussies named the Big Banana in Coffs Harbour, NSW as the country's favourite 'big' attraction. The country's favourite big fruit also scooped the title for the attraction that Aussies would most like to visit.

Out of over 150 'big things' attractions across the country, Australia's top 10 are:

1. The Big Banana Coffs Harbour, NSW
2. The Big Pineapple Woombye, Queensland
3. The Big Merino Goulburn, NSW
4. The Big Lobster Kingston SE, South Australia
5. The Big Golden Guitar Tamworth, NSW
6. The Big Blue Heeler Muswellbrook, NSW
7. The Big Koala Dadswells Bridge, Victoria
8. The Big Rum Bottle Bundaberg, Queensland
9. The Big Beer Can Cobar, NSW
10. The Big Bench Broken Hill, NSW

The research also revealed that the Big Koala at Dadswell Bridge in Victoria is considered the most Australian 'big thing.' It ranked ahead of other quintessentially Australian attractions, with the Big Blue Heeler (Muswellbrook, NSW), the Big Captain Cook (Cairns, Queensland) and the Big Beer Can (Cobar, NSW) rounding out the top five.

The survey also asked what the country's strangest 'big thing' is. The Big Boxing Crocodile was named as the weirdest attraction by over a third of national respondents, although Northern Territorians seem to love their local icon. The Big Potato (Robertson, NSW) and the Big Knight (Knockrow, NSW) came in close behind on the oddest list, each with 20% of votes.

TomTom Asia Pacific Vice President Chris Kearney explained "Aussies love their road trips so it's no surprise that with over 150 'big things' across the country, they're often a popular excuse for a detour or stop."

The survey also asked about what Aussie icon respondents would like to see as the next 'big thing'. The meat pie most voted for by men came out on top at 22%, followed closely by a pair of thongs at 21% of votes.

As Australians hold high admiration for their home grown celebrities, TomTom wanted to find out which are considered worthy of being immortalised with a 'big icon' statue. Steve Irwin and Dame Edna were named as the favoured personalities at 36 and 35% respectively, besting Kylie Minogue and Shane Warne.

Image shows the Big Banana.

19th October 2011 - FUTURE LOOKS SWEET FOR NAMBOUR’S THE BIG PINEAPPLE

15th July 2009 - CELEBRATING BIG THINGS

2nd May 2008 - GREAT BIG HIPPO TO BE UNVEILED AT THE BIG BANANA


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

PathMinder

PathMinder Pty Ltd have partnered with AllUser Industries srl to bring Europe’s most advanced high security portals to the Australian and New Zealand markets. AllUser Industries started to…

read more

Access / Fitness / Recreation / Security

 
 

Pricemark Pty Ltd

Pricemark supplies a wide range of custom branded membership & RFID access products for the Health & Leisure Industry. 

read more

Access

 
 

revolutioniseSPORT

revolutioniseSPORT is the emerging market leader in online club management in Australia. Whether it is memberships, registrations, events, online sales or governance tools - revolutioniseSPORT is the…

read more

Recreation / Sport / Technology

 
 

State Wide Pool Services

Known as Hydrilla since September 2020 - see www.ausleisure.com.au/suppliers/hydrilla-pty-ltd

read more

Aquatics

 
 

Hadley/Series Australia Pty Ltd

Hadley Australia and Series Australia Pty Ltd are the leading quality theatre chair manufacturers in the southern hemisphere. The businesses work closely with architects, interior designers and…

read more

Arts / Culture / Design / Entertainment / Venues

 
 

Pico Play

Pico Play is a global leader in the planning, design, development and construction of world-class themed attractions and entertainment that deliver extraordinary and memorable experiences to millions…

read more

Attractions / Consultants / Design / Recreation / Tourism

 
 

Altitude Training Systems

ATS are global leaders in altitude training and research. From mask systems and inflatable tents to simulated altitude facilities, we help all athletes gain the competitive edge. Our…

read more

Fitness / Sport / Technology

 
 

SENtag

Developed in Europe, this innovative system offers a safety management solution for swimming pools that checks individual swimmers via their wristband - monitoring their depth and time. Sensors…

read more

Aquatics / Hospitality / Safety / Technology / Waterparks

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business