Thursday, December 17, 2015

Big Pineapple – Woombye

Ahhh we arrive at one of the most famous Big Things and for good reason, not only is the pineapple huge and well-made but you can go inside it! Inside is slightly boring, covering the history of pineapples or something or other, but if you make it to the top you’re rewarded with some nice views! I can also gloat crazy about the Big Pineapple because we share the same home town *represent*. 

The Big Pineapple (or Sunshine Plantation as it was known as till 1996) has a big history enough to fill a book (and yup I own that book!) but essentially it's gone from Bill and Lyn's Tropical, Agricultural Educating Vision of the 70s and a continued Hey Day into the 80s and 90s (Princess Di even visited!) to ownership changing hands several times and then falling into the wrong hands that led to what looked like extinction.  Fortunately, in the last few years new owners have taken on the challenge of trying to restore it back to it's former glory. A recent makeover (new paint job) + marketing efforts to attract more business, a yearly music festival, the train back in operation, farmer markets every weekend and the appearance of QLD Zoo (the moved Alma Park) are all steps in the right direction.  Here's hoping this heritage listed attraction can rise once more :)

Size:16m x 6m 
Year: 1971 
Address: 76 Nambour Connection Road, Woombye, QLD 
Photo Taken: 2015

Size ***** 
Accessibility ***** 
Aesthetics ***** 
Unusual * 
Location *** 
19/25 stars

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