Only in OZ #18 – Big Woolbales, Hamilton, Victoria
|The Big Woolbales, Hamilton, Victoria|
Although physical evidence sometimes suggests the contrary, not every iconic object in OZ has been turned into a Big Thing!
That’s just as well.
What kind of nightmares would a Big Politician evoke? And the disturbing mental image of the Big Potato – well, let’s just say that was a narrow escape!!
Although a Big Politician AND a Big Potato together? Now you’re talking!! But I digress …
Not every object is improved by extreme enlargement either. Cuddling up to Dadswells Bridge’s grotesque Big Koala, for example, isn’t quite the same as smooching its cutesy and photogenic real life counterpart.
|Big Koala, Dadswells Bridge|
And some Big Things are just plain silly! Like Atherton Tableland’s Big Peanut – WAAAAAY bigger than a real peanut, but still only a metre or so long! Sadly (!), I have no photo, as we couldn’t find it last time we looked …
But some are just so bizarre, they work! Take Tully’s Golden Gumboot, for example – it’s even got its own festival now!
And I’ll bet I’m not the only one to feel tiny for the first time in my life on Broken Hill’s Big ParkBench.
|Big Park Bench, Broken Hill|
BUT … which category do Hamilton’s Big Woolbales fall into??
Designed to commemorate the region’s reliance on wool – it’s one of the best merino growing districts in the country – the Big Woolbales contain a cafe, Shearing Museum and shearing supplies and clothing.
|Golden Gumboot, Tully|
Itching to capture my virgin viewing of this Hamilton icon on camera, I asked the service station attendant exactly where they were.
’Down the road and on your right, luv,’ she stated, waving a hand in the general direction we were travelling. ‘Can’t miss ’em, they’re HUGE!’
Well, guess what.
Yep – we missed them. Huge for wool-bales, yes! BUT … 5 BIG Woolbales – a similar shape and size to a pueblo-style suburban house – just didn’t stand out that much amidst the Redgums that surround them. Strangely, they’re not featured on the Australian Big Things website so maybe, just maybe the site compilers couldn’t find them either!!
BUT … at least I’ve had an experience not shared by many others …
|Past times at the Big Woolbales!|
So which category do the Big Wool Bales fall in to?
You tell me!!
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