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The Big Koala in Cowes

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The Big Koala in Cowes (Source: Postie Notes)

The Story of The Big Koala

The Big Koala in Cowes, Victoria, is located near Rusty Water Brewery and Restaurant on Phillip Island road or the A Maze’N Things at Koala Park Resort. It is strategically located, allowing visitors to stop by for a photo-op on their way to Cowes, the main township on Phillip Island. 

The massive sculpture appears to be staring into the nearby trees, with its body facing the main road. While The Giant Koala at Dadswells Bridge is bronze in colour, the koala statue in Cowes is predominantly grey with a white underbody. 

Speaking of Koalas, there’s also the Big Koala family located in Port Macquarie, New South Wales. The fibreglass sculpture was created for Coffs Harbour Zoo but later moved to Port Macquarie in 2003 when the Coffs Harbour Zoo closed. 

Other Big Things on Phillip Island

Phillip Island is home to several other Big Things of Australia. Here are some good examples of what to expect on this island if you love Australia’s Big Things. 

  • The Big Wave in Newhaven: A giant, life-like wave sculpture and reportedly one of the oldest and most recognized Big Things in this part of Victoria.
  • The Big Cows in Newhaven: The two gigantic chocolate-coloured cow sculptures sit outside the Phillip Island Chocolate Factory.
  • The Big Tap in Cowes: This Big Thing has won the hearts of many locals thanks to its realistic depiction of a giant tap pouring water into a flooded room at the A Maze’N Things entrance. 
  • The Giant Worm: Located in Bass, The Giant Worm measures 100 metres long and can be found at the Wildlife Wonderland in Bass.


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