Not bigger … but better! Fibreglass fruit fights back

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An aerial view of the $150 million Big Pineapple master plan.

The Big Things craze that swept Australia in the 1980’s may have calmed down a little, but many of the more iconic objects retain ‘must stop’ status with grey nomads and other travellers.

Nonetheless, there is a growing realisation among tourism authorities that over-sized fibreglass fruit just doesn’t have the pulling power it once did … and other supporting attractions are needed.

On Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, the Big Pineapple – which once drew millions of visitors a year – could be set for a $150 million re-boot.

A new masterplan for the attraction has been unveiled that could create 800 construction jobs and provide a major boost to the local economy.

Sketches of the masterplan, released to The Sunday Mail yesterday, show plans for trendy cafes showing off the area’s local produce, outdoor eating spaces and interactive displays inside the giant Pineapple. There will also be a new high ropes and flying fox Tree Tops Challenge attraction.

“The Big Pineapple is one of Queensland’s most famous icons,” said Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.  “It’s great to see it now being rejuvenated and given a new lease of life.”

Other masterplan features include a waterpark, eco-cabins, agribusiness precinct, a revamp of the inside of the 16-metre Big Pineapple, and food tourism experiences are also planned.

Big Pineapple renewal project director Jim Costello told the Sunday Mail that food tourism was a massive growth market, while ‘active tourism’ aligned with the Coast’s image.

“It’s about the reactivation of the former iconic tourism destination,” he said. “This is going to take time for us to achieve the ultimate outcome.”

  • Are you a Big Things enthusiast? What memories do you have of stopping at The Big Pineapple? Comment below.

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2 Responses to Not bigger … but better! Fibreglass fruit fights back

  1. Yeswe always enjoyed visiting the Big P. Howeverwhen the Motorway bypassed this iconic attraction I guess we became to bloody lazy to take the detour to the Big P.
    Ithink, not 100% sure, that there was also a mini train operating around the Big.P.
    Good to see someone with the foresight to improve one of Qld. great tourist attractions.

  2. We lived on the sunshine coast and loved going there and taking our friends from all over aussie when they visied loved to pig out on the huge big pineapple sundaes they made it was great then it got hit by bad weather and fire and closed for a while it sure was popular in its day we now live in WA but would love to see it back ?? We plan to move back to QLD so will visit again for sure Cheers Robbo and Sandy

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