05 May 2010

Australian tourism ‘big things’ to be placed on map

Tourism Australia has a new campaign encouraging Australians to share photos and stories of some of Australia’s most iconic “big things”.

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Australia's "bigs" will be placed on an international tourist map.

More than 150 over-sized animals, fruits and other strange objects can be found around Australia and feature in most Australian’s family holiday snaps, and Tourism Australia wants to put the “bigs” on the international map.

“There can’t be too many family photo albums that don’t have a shot of Mum, Dad and the kids lined up in front of the Big Banana, or the Big Pineapple,” Tourism Australia Managing Director, Andrew McEvoy said.

“Now is the time for everyone to open those old albums and share these fantastic holiday fun times with the world.

“The ‘bigs’ are such a great example of the Aussie sense of humour and ingenuity that it’s impossible to imagine an Australian holiday map without them. But it’s up to Australians to put them there,” he said.

To visit Australia all international tourists, unless they have an Australian or New Zealand passport, will need to have an Australian Tourist Visa.

 The most popular of these visas is the ETA visa, or Electronic Travel Authority, which allows the holder to visit Australia for up to three months.
Among the most famous ‘big’ things in Australia is The Big Banana, near Coffs Harbour on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales. The 13-metre-long (42-foot) giant yellow fruit has been stopping traffic since 1964.

Other “bigs” include the Big Pineapple in Queensland, Big Koala, Big Rolling Pin, Big Murray Cod, Big Bull, Big Milkshake, Big Ned Kelly, Big Earthworm and some Big Wool Bales.

Australians have until 12 May to upload their photograph and describe why There’s nothing like Australia at www.nothinglikeaustralia.com.

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