Only in OZ #9 – Big Koala, Dadswells Bridge, Victoria
Well, now that Oprah-mania has died down we’re left with images of the Uluru sunset thing, the Opera House mega-thon and the koala hugging!
But I bet she didn’t hug THIS koala!
Dadswells Bridge has the dubious honour (conferred by moi) of having one of the most grotesque and unashamedly unattractive ‘attractions’ I’ve encountered in Australia. Conversely, however, that in itself makes it a FAAAAABULOUS ‘must see’!!
This photo was taken by Pilchard MANY years ago – while I was smaller then, I’d still pale into insignifigance next to this monolith even if I’d grown twice as big (which I haven’t)! But maybe it proves you can’t see a koala without wanting to hug it?
Or maybe not. BUT … like the Big Park Bench, it’s nice to find something that makes one feel small!
In Victoria’s wonderful Grampians region, the Big Koala of Dadswells Bridge guarantees a steady stream of visitors – and over the years it’s variously contained a small business (see above – how cool would that be?!), souvenir shop or been closed. There’s even accomodation in case you want to view it by night – or check out the other attractions of Dadswells Bridge and region. After all, why hug a real koala when this far superior experience is in the offing?!
Oprah doesn’t know what she’s missed!!
PS … Since this post, Sam the Big Koala’s had a face lift! Or at least a cool make-up job! There’s even some REAL koalas in the zoo nearby! Don’t miss it!!