The Giant Ram

The Giant Ram in Wagin, Western Australia

The Giant Ram
A side view of the Giant Ram in Wagin (Source: Creative Commons)

There is a giant ram sculpture standing in Wagin, a Western Australia town. In this article, you will learn more about the gigantic ram, including its exact location, physical measurements, history, and why it is so popular. Without further ado, let’s begin with its location.

Location of the Giant Ram

The Giant Ram of Wagin stands at the entry to Wagin Shire, around 230 kilometres southeast of the state capital, Perth. The area is surrounded by a neatly manicured landscape, ideal for simply relaxing and enjoying the beauty of nature.

Physical measurements of the Giant Ram

Standing nine metres high, 13 metres long, six metres wide, and weighing at least four tonnes, this gigantic ram is considered the second largest in the southern hemisphere. The ram’s body consists of a steel frame covered in fibreglass.

History of the Giant Ram

The town of Wagin is famous for wheat and sheep farming. The sheep industry is so huge in this part of Australia that every year, in March, the town hosts the Woolorama, one of the largest Agricultural Shows in Western Australia. The event consistently attracts over 30,000 visitors every year.

To celebrate the local wool industry, the Giant Ram was built by sculptor Andrew Hickson and officially launched on May 9, 1985.  He is also the brains behind the DNA Man sculpture standing at the Western Australian Institute of Technology, the Big Kangaroo at Warriu Park in Wyndham, the Big Crocodile in Wyndham, among others.

The popularity of the Giant Ram

The Giant Ram is known for its gigantic structure, but there is more to see when approaching it. The ram’s massive genitalia have been the centre of attraction in this part of the town ever since the statue was erected.

It almost feels as if Andrew Hickson knew just how much attention the ram’s genitalia would attract; he made the ram stand on a pavilion. Consequently, visitors can take a walk underneath the ram’s belly while inspecting its undercarriage. Most visitors never miss the chance to take a picture with the Giant Ram in Wagin, focusing on its colossal underbelly.

The Giant Ram
The Ram’s famous underbelly (Source: Creative Commons)

The gigantic ram aside, the town of Wagin also offers other exciting things to do and a lot more to explore. Here are just some notable few:

Before your visit, it is crucial to bear in mind that Wagin is a small town with a population of around 1, 824 people as of 2018, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Despite the small population, you’ll never run out of things to do, not forgetting the locals’ hospitality.

The best way to explore a town is to find out more about its history. Therefore, the Wagin Historical Village is a great place to start. The museum offers an in-depth look at the history of Wagin, including how the town was established, its early settlers, historic tools and equipment used in the region, and so much more.

If you love beautiful landscapes, Puntapic Rock is the place to be. The famous rock, located approximately four kilometres from the town of Wagin, offers scenic views of the surrounding plains.

The Wait Jen Trail is also one of the best places to go for a walk in this part of town. The 10.5-kilometre one-way trail starts near Parkeyerring Lake, walking you through the natural beauty of Warin.

If you love the Big Things of Australia, visiting the Giant Ram in Wagin should be at the very top of your travel bucket list this year. If you enjoyed reading about this historic structure, we have tons of other Big Things worth your attention.

We also have a Big Things store featuring T-shirts on some of the most famous big things in Australia. These include The Big penguin, The Big Kangaroo, The Big Jumping Crocodile and The Giant Koala. They are available in baby sizes all the way up to adult sizes.

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