The tracks are two foot gauge tram tracks which run through a train station/machinery shed and form a circuit around the pineapple plantation, the orchard, wild fowl lagoon, and animal nursery. Dairy farming also played an important part in the local economy from the 1890s. In June 2007 Australia Post issued five stamps celebrating Australia's Big Things, and the Big Pineapple was one of the five Big Things selected - along with the Big Golden Guitar at Tamworth, the Big Banana at Coffs Harbour, and the Big Merino at Goulburn (all in New South Wales), and the Big Lobster at Kingston SE (South Australia). It was built in 1971 when calculators were cutting edge technology. In 1972 demand for these jams outgrew the production kitchen and the Taylors entered into a joint venture with local passionfruit farmers Bill and Noelene Hughes to form Sunshine Tropical Fruit Products. The Big Pineapple Another bizarre structure built in the shape of a recognizable object is the Big Pineapple, which you can find in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. [1], Authenticity was demonstrated by the plantation being a working farm, and by its links to and partnerships with local grower co-operatives, industry associations and significant institutions such as the Moreton Central Sugar Mill, the Golden Circle Cannery, the Committee of Direction of Fruit Marketing (COD), the Sugar Board, CSR limited, Buderim Ginger Factory, and the Australian Macadamia Nut Society. 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However these have developed in a style that is characteristic of the Sunshine Coast hinterland. ), and all sorts of pineapple-themed souvenirs (t-shirts, bags, tea towels, figurines, etc.– we bought a pineapple … In 1978, the Pineapple burned down during an attempted robbery. In 1992 an Arts and Crafts Gallery opened in the lower retail area beside the train station and the expansion of the leisurewear department. The koala sanctuary and rainforest walk lie to the east of the circuit. The Maroochy Shire Council and the Queensland Government supported the venture, and on 15 August 1971 the plantation was opened by the State Minister for Labour and Tourism, John Herbert. [1], Big Things are large advertising objects, usually in the form of the item they are advertising, and are loosely defined as being at least twice the size of the object they represent and at least twice human size. With assistance of 1200 pounds and local engineer, Alan Chapman, who set about designing the giant banana by cutting the best looking banana he could find into 40 pieces and developing plans from which builders could work from, The Big Banana could become a reality. A lower retail area for the market building was opened in 1982, and in 1984 the Nutcountry Tour was extended to include a section of rainforest. Big Things have been called outdoor cultural objects which serve to construct and assert the identity of a town or area, and they have also been described as one of Australia's most distinctive home-grown forms of folk art. Queensland production of pineapples doubled between 1932 and 1942, and doubled again between 1952 and 1956, to a total of 12,316 acres (4,984 ha) by the latter date. In 1976 a Big Cow was built north of Nambour for a farm park. Just off R67. It was built in 1971 when calculators were cutting edge technology. We depend on ad revenue to craft and curate stories about the world’s hidden wonders. The structure is 55ft high, and consists of four floors containing a gift shop, a museum that houses the history of pineapple farming in South Africa, a video room and an observation deck. [1], The second floor is similar to the first with exposed steel posts supporting the viewing platform above and a linoleum-tiled floor. [1], To the east of the main buildings is the plantation train ticket office and paved, concrete access platform to the plantation train. In 1993 the tornedo-damaged roof of Tomorrow's Harvest was replaced, Plantations Restaurant received a colonial-themed makeover, and punkahs (mechanical fans) were added to the upstairs retail area. Like us on Facebook to get the latest on the world's hidden wonders. A pedestrian bridge was constructed to span the highway. The Big Pineapple complex, including the iconic Big Pineapple structure and associated tramway, train, nut mobile, attractions, activities, plantations and buildings, is important in demonstrating the development of agri-tourism and roadside attractions in Queensland. Visitors in their thousands enjoyed the iconic stature and views from the observation deck. The surrounding area is mostly agricultural land known for its pineapple production. [1], By 1980 visitors could shop in the Tropical market, and eat in the two storey Tropical Restaurant. One of Australia’s most beloved Big Things, the Big Pineapple in Nambour, was built in 1971. The retail building to the south is sited at a right angle to the larger restaurant building beyond. In late August 2011 The Big Pineapple complex and its surrounding farmland was sold to a consortium that has maintained it as a tourism attraction and market hub for Queensland produce, following extensive repair of the visitor area. In 1733 France’s King Louis XV was presented with a pineapple grown in a hot house pinery in the city of Versailles. Follow us on social media to add even more wonder to your day. Big Things were used in California from the 1920s to lure customers off the highways to stop at food stalls, and they first appeared in Australia in the 1960s. [1], Internally the shell of the Big Pineapple is unlined and the texture of the moulding is visible on the inside. The place is important in demonstrating the principal characteristics of a particular class of cultural places. It was designed by Peddle Thorp and Harvey, Paul Luff, and Gary Smallcombe and Associates. As a popular and landmark tourist attraction and through representation in tourist guides and brochures, the Big Pineapple complex is a highly identifiable and recognised place, both nationally and internationally. However, two months later on 19 December the Governor General, Sir Zelman Cowan, opened a new Tropical Village complex, which now had a separate restaurant building to the north of the rebuilt retail building. One product which proved popular was the range of tropical fruit jams which were made on site. [1], The Sunshine Plantation expanded in 1976 when Taylor Family Investments Pty Ltd purchased eight hectares of land from Keith and Ailsa Heinrich, to the west of the original attraction. [1], The Nutmobile/rainforest station is located to the north of the restaurant building. Nowadays some people — including many foreigners and Mexicans who live in the provinces — see Mexico City the same way. [1], In its first 10 years the Sunshine Plantation grew in popularity with attendance of 250,000 visitors in 1972 to over 1,000,000 in 1980. The Bruce Highway was finally surfaced with bitumen all the way from Brisbane to Cairns by 1962, and the Pacific Highway was fully surfaced with bitumen by the late 1960s, which helped bring more New South Wales tourists north into Queensland. It is situated about 100km north of Brisbane, Queensland's capital city. While visitation is lower than in the heyday in the 1970s and 1980s when it was among the most popular tourist attractions in Australia and featured a royal visit, interest in the Big Pineapple is still strong. There is also a Nutmobile/Rainforest Tour station to the north of the restaurant building. [1], The capacity of the facilities was tested from the opening, and modest expansions of the restaurant, market and sugar cane train occurred in the early years of operation. Standing 16.7 metres tall, this gigantic structure is not a cell phone tower in disguise; but rather a tribute to the agricultural success of the prickly fruit. 14 contributions. A shop and restaurant building was located just north of the Big Pineapple structure, and a cottage was located nearby. Built in 1971, the Big Pineapple burnt down and was rebuilt in 1978, and during its life has been owned by various operators including Rupert Murdoch during the 1980's. The fiberglass, stell and concrete structure stands 16.5m high, comprising 3 floors with a magnificent view from the top all the way to the coast. [4], As of March 2019, the Big Pineapple also hosts the TreeTop Challenge, the highest ropes course in Australia. In 1991 a mini tornado damaged the Tomorrow's Harvest attraction, closing it for seven weeks while temporary repairs were effected. It has a corrugated iron roof. Taxidermy of a famous hippo who spent three years walking over a thousand miles across South Africa. Within the Big Pineapple complex the plantation's sloping terrain, rainforest and selection of crops provide pleasing vistas for visitors as they tour the place.[1]. [1], The Big Pineapple complex is partly fenced to the south boundary with a timber-framed flat-top paling fence and a low three-rail fence to the east which is painted white. Sign up for our newsletter and enter to win the second edition of our book. The Big Pineapple Train passes through the property and along the zoo. Lovely views! [1], Development on the Sunshine Coast was less intense than on the Gold Coast, and until the 1960s development remained low-key and family oriented, dominated by foreshore and riverside camping grounds, and flats and motels. Fruit trees grown in the orchard include star apple, custard apple, miracle fruit and varieties of citrus trees. The train, like the pineapple structure, is undergoing maintenance. Date of experience: November 2020. About The Big Pineapple. In 1989 the 16-metre (52 ft) high Big Macadamia, known as the Magic Macadamia was opened. It’s made of metal and fiberglass and features an observation platform. [1], In 1916 unused Crown Land near Beerburrum's railway siding was surveyed into portions for returned soldiers to grow pineapples. A bitumen car park fronts the entrance pavilion area which is paved in terracotta-coloured pavers. The viewing platform sits within the uppermost part of the pineapple shell and wraps around the stalk of the pineapple which is visible overhead. The Big Pineapple Music Festival is now an event of national standing, having been awarded one of Australia's top regional music festivals. At this time there were about 180 acres (73 ha) under pineapples in Queensland, mostly near Brisbane. [1], The fruit industry in the Maroochy Shire was stimulated when the North Coast Railway was constructed northwards from Brisbane after 1886. This Wikipedia article incorporates text from "The Queensland heritage register" published by the State of Queensland under CC-BY 3.0 AU licence (accessed on 7 July 2014, archived on 8 October 2014). See More. Charles II Presented with a Pineapple c.1675-80, unknown artist. The Sunshine Coast and Tourism Queensland celebrated the opening of Queenland’s Big Thing. [5], Currently the Big Pineapple features the heritage-listed Big Pineapple visitor area, the Wildlife HQ zoo, along with a popular music festival and other events. A tunnel under the train track led to a rainforest walk. The Big Pineapple: This was ridiculous when it was built, its still rubbish. External concrete stairs lead from the upper floor towards the train station. The Big Pineapple is near Nambour, in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. It was built in 1761 by the Earl of Dunmore as a summerhouse where he could appreciate the views from his estate. Big Pineapple a delight for all ages. On the lower level the piers are round concrete and walls are infilled full-height glazing and painted blockwork. Annual leave increased from one week in 1941 to two weeks in 1945, three weeks in 1963 and four weeks in 1974. There are indications that the Big Pineapple's skin was also replaced. In 1983, [1], Walls to the east on the retail building are glazed with fibre-cement infills to the lower half. The inside of the pineapple contains a museum dedicated to the fruit with a variety of pineapple products available for sale. This odd little home was built right into an African rock face. The northern side of the space has been fitted with servery counters and kitchen rooms. "The Big Pineapple (former Sunshine Plantation) (entry 602694)", "Coast festival named as the pick of regional festivals", "Midnight Oil announce first world tour in 15 years - Double J", "Queensland's iconic Big Pineapple to be redeveloped", "Could Big Pineapple bear fruit for new owners? At this time, pineapples were among Scotland’s most exotic foods. [1], The Sunshine Plantation provided visitors with an opportunity to learn about the growing, production and consumption of various tropical agricultural products, and a 1978 information booklet stated that the crops grown at the plantation were representative of over half the agricultural production in Queensland. Often touted as the world’s “largest pineapple,” the Big Pineapple Museum sits in the agricultural town of Bathurst on a pineapple farm (Summerhill Pineaple Farm). 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The fibreglass has been moulded to replicate the skin texture and colour of a pineapple and has been formed in several pieces which are rivet-fixed together. [1], In 1986 more properties were purchased, including land south of the current Nambour Connection Road. Offer available only in the U.S. (including Puerto Rico). The stalk of the pineapple and the surrounding viewing platform are formed in steel which has been painted. [5], The former Sunshine Plantation tourist attraction, now known as The Big Pineapple, is located on the north side of the Nambour Connection Road (former Bruce Highway), just to the west of the current Bruce Highway. The Big Pineapple is a heritage-listed tourist attraction at Nambour Connection Road, Woombye, Sunshine Coast Region, Queensland, Australia. The festival has steadily grown in profile and popularity, and is regularly sold out, and there is a growing list of annual events. Share. 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