Photo: Drew Douglas
The 16-meter (52-foot) fibreglass Big Pineapple has attracted millions of visitors since it opened on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast tourist strip in 1971.
The Queensland Heritage Council placed the 16-meter (52-foot) fiberglass pineapple on its register in March 2009, ranking it alongside the state’s top historic buildings and cultural sites.
The pineapple was one of the first of the Big Things that dot the Australian landscape. These include the Big Banana at Coffs Harbour, the Big Merino sheep at Goulburn, the Big Trout at Adaminaby and the Big Gumboot, an oversized rubber boot in Australia’s wettest town, Tully in Queensland.
Rewewal Project: Planning is well advanced to renew and modernise the Big Pineapple experience.
The iconic Big Pineapple site is situated on a large 169ha land holdings straddling both sides of the Nambour Connection Road, near Woombye and Nambour on the Sunshine Coast.
The large scale of the site provides great potential to host new attractions and again become a highly popular destination, generating jobs, and economic opportunities for the Sunshine Coast hinterland.
In addition to the iconic Big Pineapple structure, visitor centre and train, the site is home to a popular zoo. The site also hosts an annual music festival and other events, along with small business and community uses.
The tourism zoning over the original Big Pineapple footprint allows for a diversity of tourism related uses, and many new business opportunities. A key project is to initiate a food production and agribusiness collaboration cluster, with R&D, storage and distribution facilities. This will leverage the positive brand of the Sunshine Coast produce and the Big Pineapple.
While the Big Pineapple currently has low visitation compared to historic levels, planning is well advanced to renew and sustain the future of the Sunshine Coast’s most famous icon. This is underpinned by a whole-of-site master plan to guide the future success of the Big Pineapple.