Visit Australia’s Northern Territory
and it won’t take long before the giant termite mounds
become a bit commonplace. After a couple of photos, the average tourist won’t even bother stopping!
Until they reach the amazing talking termite mound at Mataranka
, that is!
Not everyone has the capacity to turn a termite mound into a tourist attraction – but the Mataranka locals have raised the bar by doing just that!
I mean, what better way to dispense information to visitor about local attractions than via a talking termite mound? I’m amazed no one else has thought of it! It IS a local icon after all!! And wouldn’t you be MORE likely to stay over and dip in the famous hot springs
, discover ‘We of the Never Never’
country (and see the movie
), and visit the excellent Stockyard Gallery and cafe
across the road if this information was dispensed via a giant termite mound??
I can assure you that no ants were harmed in making this novelty centrepiece to the town’s rest area. How do I know?
Because it claims to be the largest man-made termite mound in the WORLD!!
Upon seeing that claim, I plotted to build an even bigger termite mound on our return home to Farmworld
. I mean, how often do you get the opportunity to actually break a world record? In your own backyard?? Without being a sporting superhero???
BUT … it’s been nearly 2½ years since our return – and strangely enough, work has not yet commenced on our own record breaking termite mound. Why not?? Perhaps we’re just not yet willing to pay the price of fame!
So I guess the Matarankan record is safe.
For now …
PS For those wondering how to tell the real from the fake, here’s a picture of the real thing for comparison purposes! Note the proliferation of both Touristus Australianus and near relative Touristus Overseaus!!