TRAVEL TO WARM AUSTRALIA THIS WINTER AND MEET LARRY THE GIANT LOBSTER AND OTHER CURIOSITIES
Now that thanksgiving is over, how about some random, totally harmless news? Since it is that time of year with winter literally upon us and shorter depressing days for months, I can’t help but think about travelIng somewhere warmer. So how about Australia? And how about looking for random things there that are off the normal, droll tourist beaten path? In the US, we have all sorts of those. You may already have seen the largest ball of twine, or the largest fire hydrant, frying pan, egg or even garden gnome. But how about going to the other side of the planet for fun, tourist frivolity? I certainly want to. And I’d start by meeting Larry, the giant lobster in Kingston, Australia.
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LARRY THE GIAN LOBSTER IS OVER 50 FEET TALL AND WEIGHS MORE THAN 8,000 POUNDS
Kingston is in South Australia, which I have never visited. But Larry the giant lobster has been a looming presence there for many years. He stands at 17 meters tall, or well over 50 American feet. Have another look at the picture for scale! Larry was built back in 1979 to attract people to the restaurant and visitor center on location. He’s so big, it took half a year to construct him! He also weighs over 8,000 pounds. I shudder at how much he would cost for dinner! But I think it would be a lot of fun to go visit Larry the Lobster.
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LARRY THE GIANT LOBSTER IS ONE OF MANY, MANY OF AUSTRALIA’S BIG THINGS ATTACTIONS
But just like America, Larry the Lobster is not alone as a random tourist attraction! He is one of the better known of Australia’s Big Things. And just like Larry, the other Big Things are novelty architecture and/or large sculptures. And boy, are there a lot them! There are so many, in fact, that you just might need more than one winter’s escape to visit them all. There are literally dozens of them, all over the Australian continent! If you’re curious, you can see more information about Larry the Lobster and all of Australia’s Big things here.