What’s big, brown and looks like a turd? Why it’s the Big Potato, one of Australia’s premier tourist attractions.
A couple of years ago we told Gareth about this monstrosity and I don’t think he ever quite believed us when we said it was utterly crap – an entirely pointless giant concrete lump plonked in the middle of an overgrown block in the main street of Robertson, New South Wales. But he vowed to make the pilgrimage if he ever made it Down Under.
I managed to capture the exact moment of underwhelmed-ness when the spud came into view:
According to the Big Things website, the definitive guide to all things Big and Australian, the Big Potato originally served as the toilet block to the adjacent Potato World, both long since abandoned.
But The Big Potato merely played entree to the main course that was The Big Merino of Goulburn – fifteen metres of concrete jowls with a souvenir shop where its balls should be.
Once again Gareth was bedazzled.
Inside the Merino, you can learn all about the history of the Australian wool industry with a display that remains unchanged since the Merino first opened its guts to the public in 1985.
We learned that you should always dress your children in wool, not evil man-made flammable fabrics. Like they say, 165 million sheep can’t be wrong!
After that, all that’s left to do is climb upstairs into the sheep’s majestic head, gaze out at the world through its yellow eyes and ponder, “I flew 24 hours for this?“