The Story of The Big Strawberry in Elimbah
The Big Strawberry structure stands over five metres tall and is located at the entrance of the family-owned Rolin Farms on Rutters Road, Elimbah, Queensland.
The farm features a shop that operates during the strawberry season, usually between June and October. The shop sells freshly picked and packed strawberries, farm-made strawberry jams, blended real fruit strawberry icecreams, and flowers from their orchids. Additionally, visitors can experience strawberry picking during the peak seasons between August and September.
Built in 2014, the Big Strawberry is a relatively new entrant in the list of Big Things of Australia, especially the fruit-shaped sculptures. The structure is also not as famous as most of its counterparts, perhaps due to its reserved location. On the other hand, most fruit-shaped Big Things are older and primarily found in easily accessible locations.
For instance, in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, the Big Banana was built in 1964 to direct traffic to a roadside fruit store. It’s believed to be the first Big Thing of Australia (However some say it is The Big Scotsman) and can be easily seen by anyone using the Pacific Highway in Coffs Harbour.
Strawberries and bananas aside, Queensland is home to a good number of fruit-shaped Big Things. Examples include:
- The Big Apples, one in Thulimbah and the other in Acacia Ridge.
- The Big Mango in Bowen.
- The Big Orange in Lockyer Valley.
- The Big Pineapple in Woombye.
- The Big Watermelon in Gumlu.
- The Big Melon in Chinchilla.