Friday, 4 May 2018

The Big Pheasant

Australia has many, many big things - from koalas to merino sheep, bananas to pavlovas, lobsters to cigarettes (!?) it has - or had them all. We are talking, of course, about the structures built to attract tourists or make to an otherwise insignificant town somewhere that passing highway traffic will stop at.

One I hadn't heard of before (in my defence, it was "famous" locally, but I wasn't local) is the big pheasant. On the site of a former pheasant farm, it is at the front of "Gumbuya World", an amusement park originally opened in 1978. The pheasant has a checkered history, having been partically blown up by vandals in 2011 and restored in 2012. It appears from the photo that work is ongoing.

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