The giant fruit stands 16.7 meters tall, and is a tribute to the important role that the pineapple fruit plays in the region’s agricultural economy. [1], The Big Pineapple attraction went into receivership in 2009 and was closed in October 2010. One product which proved popular was the range of tropical fruit jams which were made on site. This Wikipedia article incorporates text from "The Queensland heritage register" published by the State of Queensland under CC-BY 3.0 AU licence (accessed on 7 July 2014, archived on 8 October 2014). [1], The first level is accessed via external steps. The train, painted with the name Sugar Cane Train No.4, has variously been described as a former sugar cane train, or as a former quarry engine. The train, like the pineapple structure, is undergoing maintenance. [1], In 1986 more properties were purchased, including land south of the current Nambour Connection Road. [1], Turnstiles lead from the ticket booth to the restaurant and retail buildings, which display Polynesian architectural influences. About The Big Pineapple. Each floor is supported on exposed round steel posts which are painted. Ceilings and columns are lined with bamboo and the floor is tiled with linoleum. The festival has steadily grown in profile and popularity, and is regularly sold out, and there is a growing list of annual events. Offer subject to change without notice. This Bangkok high-rise looks like a rudimentary LEGO elephant. It was once a necessary pit-stop on the Queensland coastal tourist trail. The Big Pineapple (Not to be confused with the "Big Pineapple" pineapple building in Queensland, Australia!) Early farmers struggled to grow any crops here until the first pineapple top was planted in 1865. It has a corrugated iron roof. This gigantic building was built in 12 months. 1,688 Followers, 155 Following, 132 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from The Big Pineapple (@the_big_pineapple) It was added to the Queensland Heritage Register on 6 March 2009. [1], The Sunshine Plantation also attracted support from the local community, and had close associations with key regional and state agricultural industry associations. He was so happy with the taste of it that he sent a piece to every noble in the country so they could taste it for themselves. Though it’s a copycat of a similar fruity structure in Australia, the Big Pineapple is taller by just over two feet and thus claims the title of World’s Largest Pineapple. The Farm Show was added to the Train Tour in September 1995, and guided tours of the Macadamia Nut Factory, when it was not processing, started in December. The zoo is the only functional attraction at the Big Pineapple until others are restored or built. Standing just under 56 feet tall, the “Big Pineapple” outside of Bathurst, South Africa is the world’s largest pineapple building. [1], In 1916 unused Crown Land near Beerburrum's railway siding was surveyed into portions for returned soldiers to grow pineapples. In 1972 demand for these jams outgrew the production kitchen and the Taylors entered into a joint venture with local passionfruit farmers Bill and Noelene Hughes to form Sunshine Tropical Fruit Products. Located on a pineapple farm and experimental station, The Big Pineapple is a 16.7 m tall pineapple-shaped building that has three floors. The Big Pineapple structure was refurbished and moved about 15 metres (49 ft) east at this time. Also in 1987 the Sunshines Restaurant was doubled in size (the restaurant building seems to have been expanded to the west), and a new reception area and Tourist Information Centre was added. Built as a tropical tourist attraction, the Big Pineapple has seen its share of hard times throughout its 40-year history. Queensland production of pineapples doubled between 1932 and 1942, and doubled again between 1952 and 1956, to a total of 12,316 acres (4,984 ha) by the latter date. Pendant lights and fluorescent tubes hang from the ceiling. This is a brick building with a low pitched gable roof sheeted with corrugated iron. In the meantime, there’s The Big Pineapple Music Festival, held each May, drawing Australian music heavyweights including Birds of Tokyo and Vera Blue. The former Sunshine Plantation tourist attraction, now known as The Big Pineapple, is located on the north side of the Nambour Connection Road (former Bruce Highway), just to the west of the current Bruce Highway. A lower retail area for the market building was opened in 1982, and in 1984 the Nutcountry Tour was extended to include a section of rainforest. Barry calls it "A typical Queensland home" from Barry Humphries Treasury of Australian Kitsch (1980) (minkshmink on pinterest) #australiankitsch #kitsch #thebigpineapple #bigpineapple #sunshinecoast #quuensland On each of the two floors there is a hand-painted landscape diorama of pineapple plantations with model factories, trucks and cane trains. Within the Big Pineapple complex the plantation's sloping terrain, rainforest and selection of crops provide pleasing vistas for visitors as they tour the place.[1]. The stalk of the pineapple and the surrounding viewing platform are formed in steel which has been painted. [1], The Big Pineapple structure and retail and restaurant buildings are strikingly visible from the approach road from the east. The entrance pavilion is an open gabled pavilion over framed with round timber poles and houses the entrance ticket booth and information centre. [1], The establishment of the Sunshine Plantation and its continued operation as the Big Pineapple combines the operation of a tourist attraction and the promotion of tourism in the Sunshine Coast with the promotion of the area's tropical fruit production. [1], Big Things are large advertising objects, usually in the form of the item they are advertising, and are loosely defined as being at least twice the size of the object they represent and at least twice human size. The National Trust listed it as a state icon in 2006. In 1993 the tornedo-damaged roof of Tomorrow's Harvest was replaced, Plantations Restaurant received a colonial-themed makeover, and punkahs (mechanical fans) were added to the upstairs retail area. The Maroochy Divisional Board was created in 1890 (becoming the Maroochy Shire in 1902), and the Maroochy Shire would develop into Queensland's largest fruit growing area between the 1880s and 1915, thanks to its climate and rainfall, with bananas being grown from the 1880s, and pineapples from the 1890s. To put that in context just how amazing that is, Sea World built Lasseter's Lost Mine around the same time for the about the same amount. Featuring a 16m fibreglass pineapple structure, historically the Big Pineapple drew over a million visits a year, being the most popular tourism attraction in Australia. Located on a pineapple farm and experimental station, The Big Pineapple is a 16.7 m tall pineapple-shaped building that has three floors. [1], The Big Pineapple structure has iconic and landmark status as one of Australia's most well-known Big Things. The entrance to the plantation, the Big Pineapple and the main buildings are located at the top of the hill and overlook the pineapple plantation, animal nursery and wild fowl lagoon. The Big Pineapple: This was ridiculous when it was built, its still rubbish. Apart from the iconic value of the Big Pineapple structure itself, as a roadside attraction of the Big Thingvariety, the entire 40 hectares (99 acr… are open every day. [1], Development on the Sunshine Coast was less intense than on the Gold Coast, and until the 1960s development remained low-key and family oriented, dominated by foreshore and riverside camping grounds, and flats and motels. From 2000, the Big Macadamia housed the Rainforest Creatures of the Night display, but by mid-2007 this attraction was closed, as was the Tomorrow's Harvest greenhouse. [6] The Big Pineapple appears to be the most widely recognised Big Thing in Queensland. A central staircase leads to the lower level which was inaccessible at the time of assessment. The northern side of the space has been fitted with servery counters and kitchen rooms. A central steel post extends up through the structure to provide additional support to the two floor levels and to support the viewing platform and the stalk of the pineapple above. 35,321 were here. The average South East Queensland pineapple grower had 10.6 acres (4.3 ha) under pineapples, on a 109-acre farm, and of the top six South East Queensland production areas, Woombye and Palmwoods had the smallest average farm sizes, with the greatest percentage of the farm used for pineapples. 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Read more. The top floor was known as the Polynesian Restaurant, with bamboo ceiling lining and thatched counter decorations, and the bottom floor was the Hibiscus Room. Built in 1971, The Big Pineapple burnt down and was rebuilt in 1978, and during its life has been owned by various operators, including Rupert Murdoch during the 1880’s. The Big Pineapple complex, including the iconic Big Pineapple structure and associated tramway, train, nut mobile, attractions, activities, plantations and buildings, is important in demonstrating the development of agri-tourism and roadside attractions in Queensland. [4], As of March 2019, the Big Pineapple also hosts the TreeTop Challenge, the highest ropes course in Australia. The Big Pineapple is currently under renewal. The structure was built with the intention of giving more exposure to the local pineapple industry. The verandah to the restaurant building has a timber-framed floor supported by round timber posts and timber lattice balustrades. The 'Wildlife Garden' featuring koalas and other native animals was opened in April. A 1980 promotional booklet for the Sunshine Plantation claimed that in 1971 the concept and design was original and unique in the world. With assistance of 1200 pounds and local engineer, Alan Chapman, who set about designing the giant banana by cutting the best looking banana he could find into 40 pieces and developing plans from which builders could work from, The Big Banana could become a reality. The viewing platform sits within the uppermost part of the pineapple shell and wraps around the stalk of the pineapple which is visible overhead. [1], Perspex-encased displays of tropical fruit and the pineapple manufacturing process dating from 1971 are arranged within the Big Pineapple. Important in accommodating one of the earliest "Big Things", the complex also reflects the growth of the phenomenon of the Big Thing as a tourist attraction and destination in Australian tourism.[1]. By 1900 the Blackall Range was a successful fruit growing area, and in 1901 Woombye was promoted as the fruit growing area in Queensland with the greatest potential. [1], Maroochy developed as a region of small farms, and by the mid 1880s the region had 116 people employed in mixed farming, 70 in sugar, 52 in timber, and only 15 in grazing. In the mid 1950s Woombye ranked third of the top six South East Queensland areas by number of growers, and second of the top six South East Queensland areas by production. The tracks are two foot gauge tram tracks which run through a train station/machinery shed and form a circuit around the pineapple plantation, the orchard, wild fowl lagoon, and animal nursery. The first floor is a gift shop where you can buy pineapples, various pineapple food items (dried pineapples, jellies, chutneys, etc. Eight places were structures that could be entered, including the Big Pineapple and the Big Macadamia at the Big Pineapple complex.[1]. The Big Pineapple Train passes through the property and along the zoo. In the Big Pineapple structure visitors see displays and gain an understanding of the production and processing of various tropical fruits, nuts and cane; in the restaurant visitors can sample various fresh tropical fruits, and in the market they can purchase fresh fruit and fruit jams. (C) Wikipedia ━━━━━━ :pineapple: :pineapple: :pineapple: :pineapple: :pineapple: :pineapple: ━━━━━━ Built as a relic to all the pineapples that grow there, the village of Bathurst in South Africa has a pineapple museum...in the shape of a pineapple! No purchase necessary. The Big Pineapple. The Big Pineapple was built in 1971 and saw up to 1 million visitors in its peak year. The railway reached Woombye in 1890, and met the line from Gympie at Cooroy in July 1891. In December 1991 the Rainforest train stop was opened, adding rainforest walks and the animal nursery to the Train tour. The place is important because of its aesthetic significance. The Big Pineapple Music Festival is now an event of national standing, having been awarded one of Australia's top regional music festivals. It was built in 1761 by the Earl of Dunmore as a summerhouse where he could appreciate the views from his estate. The steel portal frame is exposed on the inside and ceilings are lined with bamboo. The Sunshine Coast and Tourism Queensland celebrated the opening of Queenland’s Big Thing. In 1978, the Pineapple burned down during an attempted robbery. "The Big Pineapple (former Sunshine Plantation) (entry 602694)", "Coast festival named as the pick of regional festivals", "Midnight Oil announce first world tour in 15 years - Double J", "Queensland's iconic Big Pineapple to be redeveloped", "Could Big Pineapple bear fruit for new owners? The place has a strong or special association with a particular community or cultural group for social, cultural or spiritual reasons. Early photographs of aspects of the tropical fruit manufacturing process and formal photographs of past employees are also on display. The uniqueness of the project was well documented in the contemporary local press and other promotional and tourist material as well as in the newsletters and annual reports of various agricultural industry associations. The little hamlet of Bathurst lays claims to the biggest pineapple on the planet! External concrete stairs lead from the upper floor towards the train station. [1], At the opening the Maroochy Shire Council chairman, Eddie de Vere, drove a gold spike into the Plantation Train Ride, a one kilometre two-foot gauge track which still has the steepest incline and sharpest bend of any Queensland passenger rail track. He had heard of a “Big Pineapple” in Hawaii and thought that something big would definitely stop traffic. Just off R67. Two painted aluminium air conditioning ducts run along the length of ceiling aside a suspended motorised fan system (a punkah). On level two there is an arrangement of Golden Circle Cannery products including cans of pineapple pieces and bottles of cordial and fruit juice. After World War II the use of cars increased, and during the 1950s Australia was second only to the United States in car ownership per head of population. [10], The Big Pineapple complex is located on the rise of a hill on the northern side of the Nambour Connection Road at Woombye. The ceiling and central core are lined with fibre-cement which has been painted to resemble the flesh of a pineapple. [1], The interior of the restaurant building is an open space similar to the retail building but larger in scale. Book your tickets online for The Big Pineapple, Nambour: See 520 reviews, articles, and 207 photos of The Big Pineapple, ranked No.5 on Tripadvisor among 10 attractions in Nambour. The building itself is three stories tall. [1], In 1947 the Northgate Committee of Direction of Fruit Marketing Cannery (later Golden Circle), owned and controlled by growers, began operations. There is also a Nutmobile/Rainforest Tour station to the north of the restaurant building. The zoo is the only functional attraction at the Big Pineapple until others are restored or built. Air conditioning vents, ceiling fans and pendant lights are suspended from the ceiling. According to the National Trust of Queensland, the items selected "inherently represent an important part of our history or will have contributed to our cultural identity and will have won a lasting place in our minds and memories." A crane placed the leaves on top of the 16-metre (52 ft) steel-framed fibreglass Big Pineapple that became the symbol of the plantation. Local agricultural producers and co-operatives participated in the development of the displays, most notably the Golden Circle Cannery. In 1976 a Big Cow was built north of Nambour for a farm park. Royal Collection Trust. Along the eastern side of the train circuit the land becomes steeper and a low, random rubble wall retains the slope beside the track. This water-driven wool mill was built by a British Settler named Samuel Bradshaw in 1821 and is a historic heritage site for the province. The place is important in demonstrating the principal characteristics of a particular class of cultural places. The fibreglass has been moulded to replicate the skin texture and colour of a pineapple and has been formed in several pieces which are rivet-fixed together. The central steel post is encased behind a display and the ceiling is lined with fibre-cement and flat timber cover strips fan out from the central post. One of Australia’s most beloved Big Things, the Big Pineapple in Nambour, was built in 1971. Big Pineapple a delight for all ages. However, two months later on 19 December the Governor General, Sir Zelman Cowan, opened a new Tropical Village complex, which now had a separate restaurant building to the north of the rebuilt retail building. Built in 1971, the Big Pineapple was set up to demonstrate the pineapple farming process and it was also the home of CSR’s Macadamia Factory and Queensland Nuts for a while. Around this time pineapples were overtaking citrus as the crop of choice in the area, especially at Woombye, with its well-drained soil and rolling hills. The Bathurst area delivers over 135 000 tons annually to factories in East London . A painted steel ring beam which supports the pineapple shell is visible behind the displays. [1], As acknowledgement of the Taylors' achievements, on 12 March 1972 the Australian National Travel Association presented the Sunshine Plantation with the first annual award for tourist development in Queensland. The 'Bromeliad Feature' was added to the Tomorrow's Harvest attraction in February 1996. We hope our train isn’t out of action too long, and we will provide an update when she is back on the rails. The Big Pineapple: How sad :( - See 516 traveler reviews, 206 candid photos, and great deals for Nambour, Australia, at Tripadvisor. The Big Pineapple: The Big Pineapple - See 111 traveller reviews, 77 candid photos, and great deals for Bathurst, South Africa, at Tripadvisor. [1], The Sunshine Plantation provided visitors with an opportunity to learn about the growing, production and consumption of various tropical agricultural products, and a 1978 information booklet stated that the crops grown at the plantation were representative of over half the agricultural production in Queensland. The original Macadamia Nut Factory is no longer open to visitors, although the current Nutmobile Tour passes by a more recent factory building further to the north. The inside of the pineapple contains a museum dedicated to the fruit with a variety of pineapple products available for sale. Attractions besides the Big Pineapple have included: the Big Cow; the Buderim Ginger factory at Buderim which was later relocated to Yandina, Australia Zoo, Forest Glen Deer Park, and the Superbee.[1]. A bitumen car park fronts the entrance pavilion area which is paved in terracotta-coloured pavers. [1], By 1980 visitors could shop in the Tropical market, and eat in the two storey Tropical Restaurant. Part of this land was leased to CSR Limited in 1979, and the lease was later transferred to Macadamia Nuts Pty Ltd. By 1980 the Sunshine Plantation included the newly opened Macadamia Nut Factory, operated by CSR Limited, and the Nutmobile tour. Please click below to consent to the use of this technology while browsing our site. [1], Internally the shell of the Big Pineapple is unlined and the texture of the moulding is visible on the inside. The upper floors are suspended concrete slabs and steel portal frames support the roof. The Big Pineapple Train passes through the property and along the zoo. It is situated on a 165-hectare (410-acre) site. Its most recent recognition is inclusion in a special stamp issue of Big Things by Australia Post. This shift was marked by David Low's election as Maroochy shire chairman in 1952 on a tourism platform. Annual leave increased from one week in 1941 to two weeks in 1945, three weeks in 1963 and four weeks in 1974. Made of fibreglass, The Big Pineapple stands 16 metres tall at the entrance to the plantation. There are indications that the Big Pineapple's skin was also replaced. Follow us on Twitter to get the latest on the world's hidden wonders. It was possible for small farmers to make a living out of pineapples as thousands of plants could be cultivated in each acre. She runs well most of the time, but now it’s time for some TLC. To learn more or withdraw consent, please visit our cookie policy. We depend on ad revenue to craft and curate stories about the world’s hidden wonders. Others suggest that the pineapple was constructed after Murray's return from America in 1776. [1], The train tracks lead from the platform down a slope to the simulated old-style train station (not one of the official stops) and machinery shed. [1], The Nutmobile/rainforest station is located to the north of the restaurant building. Built in 1971, The Big Pineapple burnt down and was rebuilt in 1978, and during its life has been owned by various operators, including Rupert Murdoch during the 1880’s. The panoramic layout of the plantation is designed to show visitors from vantage points around the main building complex the diversity of crops grown in the region. [1], In 2009 as part of the Q150 celebrations, the Big Pineapple was announced as one of the Q150 Icons of Queensland for its role as a "location". They returned to Australia in 1970. In the mid 1950s the vast majority of Queensland's pineapple growers were in South East Queensland, and two thirds of South East Queensland's production came from three main zones: the Palmwoods-Woombye-Nambour area, the Mary Valley, and the Glasshouse Mountains-Beerwah area. Construction for the structure began in 1990 … Lovely views! [1], The Sunshine Plantation expanded in 1976 when Taylor Family Investments Pty Ltd purchased eight hectares of land from Keith and Ailsa Heinrich, to the west of the original attraction. The surrounding area is mostly agricultural land known for its pineapple production. Apart from the iconic value of the Big Pineapple structure itself, as a roadside attraction of the Big Thing variety, the entire 40 hectares (99 acres) complex, with its retail and restaurant spaces, train ride and Nutmobile, crops, rainforest, Macadamia Nut Factory, Big Macadamia, Tomorrow's Harvest greenhouse, Farm Show, Wildlife Gardens, and Animal Nursery, represents an early attempt at agri-tourism in Queensland. [1], The Big Pineapple, adjacent to the entrance pavilion, is a hollow structure, 16 metres (52 ft) in height and cylindrical in shape. Not long after my last visit Big Pineapple filed for bankruptcy. This small museum concentrates on the juicy history of orange production in Florida. [1], Walls to the east on the retail building are glazed with fibre-cement infills to the lower half. It was built in 1971 when calculators were cutting edge technology. Various retail counters and souvenir displays are set out within the space. Sculpture park built by a fifty year-old widow. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. [1], Walls to both the upper and lower levels to the restaurant building are infilled with full-height glazing and blockwork. The Big Pineapple is, literally, the biggest manmade pineapple in the world, located in Bathurst. In 1723 Chelsea Gardens of London built a “pineapple stove”, that heated their hot house in order to cultivate the tropical plants for the needed 18 month growing cycle. [1], Internally, the first floor of the retail building is on open space with the steel portal frame exposed to the inside. Consider supporting our work by becoming a member for as little as $5 a month. We apologise, our train is currently not running and is in urgent unscheduled maintenance. Known as the Big Pineapple Renewal Project, plans have now been lodged with council to turn this site into a vibrant hub that acknowledges the sites history but embraces the future of the region. ", "Selfie? [1], The area between the Mooloolah and Maroochy Rivers was closed to settlement prior to 1860 as part of a Reserve proclaimed by Governor George Gipps in 1842. The Bruce Highway was finally surfaced with bitumen all the way from Brisbane to Cairns by 1962, and the Pacific Highway was fully surfaced with bitumen by the late 1960s, which helped bring more New South Wales tourists north into Queensland. Dairy farming also played an important part in the local economy from the 1890s. [1], The two buildings are linked with a low-pitched gabled roof with translucent sheeting. [1], To the east of the main buildings is the plantation train ticket office and paved, concrete access platform to the plantation train. In the 1870s and 1880s experiments in pineapple growing occurred in what would become the Maroochy Shire, but the first commercial pineapple crop in the area was at Thomas Davey's Woombye farm in 1895. Just outside of Bathurst, Eastern Cape. In 1989 the 16-metre (52 ft) high Big Macadamia, known as the Magic Macadamia was opened. The shell of the main body is formed in fibreglass supported internally on a steel frame. [12] Of Queensland's Big Things, 23 were purely private commercial efforts - advertising shops, service stations, motels and caravan parks, restaurants, museums and the like - and six others were aimed at drawing people to a private tourist attraction. This odd little home was built right into an African rock face. The Big Pineapple in Queensland. On the lower level the piers are round concrete and walls are infilled full-height glazing and painted blockwork. The Big Pineapple complex is important in demonstrating the characteristics of an agri-tourism attraction combining the entertainment of tourists with the promotion of the features, facilities and industries of the region. The Big Pineapple is in state of Queensland, country of Australia. In 1981 the Taylor's sold the Sunshine Plantation to Lanray Holdings, although the titles for their 1971 and 1976 land purchases remained under the name of Taylor Family Investment Pty Ltd until August 1993, when Sunshine Securities Pty Ltd became the registered proprietors. Amenities and some service areas are located in this area. Fruit trees grown in the orchard include star apple, custard apple, miracle fruit and varieties of citrus trees. 14 contributions. Offer available only in the U.S. (including Puerto Rico). Visitors in their thousands enjoyed the iconic stature and views from the observation deck. Major structures on the site include a replica pineapple (the Big Pineapple), an entrance pavilion and two large, two-storey restaurant and retail buildings, with a cottage to the west. Another 24 icons had been selected between 2004 and 2005. The Big Pineapple was built by members of the Bathurst community to honor this product in the 1980s. 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