Big lollypop or flowers … what brings you to town?

Published: September 11, 2019

In a Big Lap itinerary already packed with big attractions such as big bananas, big prawns and big pineapples it’s becoming ever more difficult for communities to find a unique big item to draw in more tourists … but it’s not impossible.

Ravensthorpe in Western Australia’s Golden Outback reckons it’s identified a gap in the over-sized object market, and has just unveiled what it claims is the world’s biggest freestanding lollypop!

Standing at more than seven metres tall and four metres wide at the Yummylicious Candy Shack, the idea of the giant lollypop was developed two years ago after the local nickel mine was closed for the second time.

“We wanted to create something to help boost tourism in our town, and who wouldn’t love a giant lollypop?” explained Yummylicious Candy Shack owner, Belinda McHarg. “It’s big, colourful and just makes people smile.”

Before the lollypop launch, Ravensthorpe – which is about two hours west of Esperance -.was probably best known for the world’s biggest wildflower festival which has just opened and runs until September 21. The Australasian Leisure Management publication reports that the festival features up to 700 different species of wildflowers.

In the world-class Fitzgerald River National Park and the unique Ravensthorpe Range, about 20% of Western Australia’s floral species can be found, including some that are, as yet, undocumented.

The access to the Fitzgerald River National Park is now made easier with the opening of the new permanent road that crosses the Culham Inlet.

Australia’s Golden Outback Chief Executive Marcus Falconer said that the world’s biggest lollypop is a great reason for locals, visitors and self-drive tourists to stop in Ravensthorpe.

“It’s something a little bit different and you can’t help but feel happy when you look it,” he said.

  • Will a giant lollypop bring you to Ravensthorpe, or did the town ‘have you’ at wildflowers? Comment below
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2 years ago

The big artificial attractions don’t influence were we travel, albeit I’m guilty of taking photographs of them. What does influence our travel plans are the natural attractions, good caravan parks, nice towns, and the weather.

Deñ Ellem
2 years ago

What a coincidence, I got my newsletter then after lunch we arrived in Ravensthorpe. We were unaware of the wildflower show being on, but got to visit on the last day. I would recommend it to anyone who is in the area at the correct time in years to come. The volunteers are very enthusiastic, and the lady at the information centre was full of 80 years of local knowledge. I will visit the lolly shop tomorrow.


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