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Who Said Australia Is A Weird Place?

  • January 27, 2015
  • By 50 Shades
  • 8 Comments

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Before we embarked on our trip around Australia, I thought I had seen it all! However I must admit that I had only scratched the surface of the ‘weirdness’ and ‘quirkiness’ of what our big wide land has to offer.

I always knew that Australia has a preoccupation with ‘large things’, particularly our Aussie animals. I had a real fascination with the Big Prawn, the Big Cow and the Big Banana, everytime we drove by these Aussie icons, but I didn’t realise that there were so many more!

In honour of our nation’s day of celebration, Australia Day, here are some of the weird and wacky things that we saw:

Australian Animals

Some of our Aussie Animals

Some of our Aussie Animals

Top left: Red Dog statue at Dampier, WA Top right: Rooey on the Nullarbor Plain, WA

Middle left: Crocodile statue at Willie Creek, Cape Leveque, WA Middle right: Kangaroo statues at Port Hedland, WA

Bottom left: Tin Camels at Norseman, WA Bottom right: The Big Croc at Wyndham,WA

Some of our Marine Creatures

Some of our Marine Creatures

Top left: Whale Tail at Hervey Bay, QLD Top middle: Big Trout at Adaminaby,NSW Top right: Larry Lobster at Kingston S.E., SA

Bottom left: Big Whale at Eucla, WA Bottom right; The Big Prawn at Ballina, NSW

Australian's love their horses

Australian’s love their horses

Top left: Makybe Diva statue at Port Lincoln, SA Top right: Stockman statue at Katherine, NT

Middle left: Patrobus statue at Rosedale, VIC Middle right: Pony statue at Daylesford, VIC

Bottom left: We of the Never Never statue at Mataranka, NT Bottom right: Norseman statue at Norseman, WA

Aussie Signs

Aussie signs that caught my eye

Aussie signs that caught my eye

Top left: Save our Sharks sign at Exmouth, WA Top middle: Distance sign on The Nullarbor, WA Top right: Billabong sign at Fraser Station, WA

Middle left: Bird sign at Cactus Beach, SA Middle right: King Waves Kill sign at Quobba Point, WA

Bottom left: Road sign on The Nullarbor, SA Bottom middle: Dog’s Dunny sign in outback NT Bottom right: Campground street sign at Forty Mile Beach, WA

Some of the places we visited

Some of the places we visited

Top left: Magpie Stump Pub in Mintaro, SA Top right: Dunnies at Mataranka, NT

Middle left: Thong decorated Beer Garden at Daly Waters,NT Middle right: Pink Panther at Larrimah, NT

Bottom left: The Nullarbor Nymph on The Nullarbor Plain, WA Bottom right: Short Dog Bar at Sheringa, SA

We really have it all covered, from thong adorned beer gardens, to pink panthers in the middle of the outback, to a Pub called the Magpie Stump and humorous signs!  Who said Australia was a weird place? I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else – would you?

Like this post? Check out more of my Australian travels on this blog.

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By 50 Shades, January 27, 2015 Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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50 Shades

Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.

8 Comments
  • Life Images by Jill
    January 27, 2015

    I certainly wouldn’t want to live anywhere else Kathy. I am happy to say that I have seen some of these “big” things in my travels too. But how about the big banana in Carnarvon and the big prawn in Exmouth and the big galah! (can’t remember the place, up along the top of the Eyre Peninsula).
    Happy Australia Day and happy travels Kathy.

    • Kathy
      January 27, 2015

      Neither would I Jill, despite the fact that I love to travel overseas, I always enjoy coming home to Australia. I never saw the big Galah, even though we did the Eyre Peninsula. That is one I missed! :)

  • Pinky Poinker
    January 27, 2015

    I love that Australia is so weird. Even us Aussies are amazed by it :) Great post and unique photos, Kathy.

    • Kathy
      January 27, 2015

      I thought Australia Day was the right occasion to bring out all the weird and whacky photos that I took during our travels. I’ve also got a good collection of Aussie people photos as well. Maybe for another post!

  • Rae Hilhorst
    January 28, 2015

    Now I see why we fascinate the Japanese and others who I love to watch their faces as they come across something that is strange to their culture, I often wonder what they are thinking xxx

    • Kathy
      January 29, 2015

      They are thinking what a weird place Australia is! Ha Ha. Seriously there is a lot of crazy things to see in this country. :)

  • Red Nomad OZ
    January 29, 2015

    The weird stuff is the BEST! No wonder everyone’s confused by our great Aussie ‘culture’! I’m looking forward to seeing all the weird stuff I’ve missed so far – bring it on!!

    • Kathy
      January 29, 2015

      Too right it is! I recently had Japanese guests at my house and they were extremely interested by our Aussie slang and culture. They really made me laugh. I think I have all touched the surface of all the weird stuff in Australia. :)

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