We grow big apples in Australia

@JudyEv (91862)
Bunbury, Australia
March 14, 2017 6:56pm CST
There are around 150 big icons situated throughout Australia. I've written about the ram in our state of Western Australia. There are a few 'big apples' around the country too. One is at Spreyton, a small town south of Devonport in Tasmania. There have been apple orchards in the area since 1908 and a premium fresh apple juice is produced here. The one shown is situated at the small town of Thulimbah, Queensland, opposite Suttons Apple Orchard and Cidery on the New England Highway. Thulimbah has a population of around 500. This particular icon was first crafted as a Granny Smith and erected at the petrol station in Applethorpe in 1978. It is made of fibreglass and steel and stands 4 metres tall. It is 4.5 metres in diameter. A local artisan, Johnny Ross, was responsible for its construction. In 2003, the site was redeveloped and the apple given a facelift. It is now a Royal Gala. Our area is a big apple-growing district. I picked apples one season while a teenager. The crates of apples were loaded on a carry-all on the back of a small tractor. The crates were sometimes so heavy that the front of the tractor was almost bouncing off the ground. I would sit on the bonnet – a bit of extra weight to help keep the front on the ground. The photo is from Wikimedia Commons: Stuart Edwards (Own work) [Public domain].
Wagin, Western Australia, is another Australian country town that has a 'giant' as a tourist attraction. Recently I wrote about the giant galah that stands in...
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@Lubuto (2321)
• Zambia
15 Mar
I agree with@sunrisefan it would have been better if it was functional serving as water tank.
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@sunrisefan (16602)
• Philippines
15 Mar
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@JudyEv (91862)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Mar
Yes, that's true. Then it could serve a double purpose.
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@sunrisefan (16602)
• Philippines
15 Mar
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@BelleStarr (30037)
• Portland, Connecticut
15 Mar
That is one fine looking apple!!
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@JudyEv (91862)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Mar
You'd really have the pip by the time you got through that!
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@BelleStarr (30037)
• Portland, Connecticut
15 Mar
@JudyEv lol
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@JohnRoberts (36030)
• Los Angeles, California
15 Mar
That's a whole lotta apple pie!
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@JudyEv (91862)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Mar
An apple pie to go with the Dorking roast chicken.
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@PatZAnthony (11721)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
15 Mar
Isn't that an amazing thing to see? Will have to share my photo of the huge orange.
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@JudyEv (91862)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Mar
I hope you do. I'd love to see it. We used to have a big orange but it's been taken down.
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@PatZAnthony (11721)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
15 Mar
@JudyEv Will certainly have to dig that out. It is a landmark here and many joke about it.
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@JudyEv (91862)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Mar
@PatZAnthony I'm sure others would be interested too.
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@Yadah04 (2869)
• Philippines
14 Mar
Whoa, look what we got here again. The last time i checked, there was a big chook and now this humongous apple. What is next?
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@JudyEv (91862)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Mar
There is a cow to come, and an olive, and a guitar, and a few other things.
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@Yadah04 (2869)
• Philippines
15 Mar
@JudyEv seriously? those i should wait for then.
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@andriaperry (28180)
• Anniston, Alabama
15 Mar
We have a huge peach in Clanton Alabama.
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@JudyEv (91862)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Mar
I don't think we have a giant peach. We have a giant olive somewhere.
@youless (85227)
• Guangzhou, China
15 Mar
This apple is so large and I think Australia can win the title of The Big Apple as well as New York I wonder are there many apple trees in Australia? I know your country is full of kiwi but I am not sure whether it is the same for apples.
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@JudyEv (91862)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Mar
I didn't know Australia was full of kiwis (apart from new Zealanders who are also called 'kiwis'). We do have a lot of apple orchards however including in our own district.
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@LoriAMoore (8727)
• United States
15 Mar
Well how 'bout them apples?
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@JudyEv (91862)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Mar
Would you l like a bite of that one? There be enough left for apple pie, apple crumble, apple turnover,
@Kandae11 (23468)
15 Mar
That is great - apples are so very healthy.
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@JudyEv (91862)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Mar
They are. We have a lot of apple orchards around here.
@Morleyhunt (15368)
• Canada
15 Mar
There is a giant peach in Geogia...somewhere I have a photo.
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@JudyEv (91862)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Mar
It would be lovely to see it sometime if and when you find it.
@sunrisefan (16602)
• Philippines
14 Mar
It would serve better if the apple doubled as a water tank hehehe!
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@JudyEv (91862)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Mar
Yes, that would have been a good idea.
@amandajay (17826)
• Sri Lanka
15 Mar
Haha big big collection of big big things... Hehe
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@JudyEv (91862)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Mar
Yes, it's a bit of a trend in Australia.
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@amandajay (17826)
• Sri Lanka
16 Mar
@JudyEv oh i see.. Hope i can go to see them after coming to Australia...hehe
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@JudyEv (91862)
• Bunbury, Australia
16 Mar
@amandajay It seems there are plenty of them. I was surprised to read there are at least 150.
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@epiffanie (8351)
• Australia
15 Mar
One of these days I will get the chance to see and take photos with some of those big Aussie icons .. ;) ..
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@JudyEv (91862)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Mar
Some shouldn't be too far away for you - at least than for us here in the West. :)
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@epiffanie (8351)
• Australia
16 Mar
@JudyEv Yes I think I saw some few big things on our road trips but hubby didn' want to stop and take photos ..
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@JudyEv (91862)
• Bunbury, Australia
16 Mar
@epiffanie Vince was always wanting to stop and take photos so now I take photos too and I don't get so impatient. :)
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@Jessicalynnt (48191)
• Centralia, Missouri
16 Mar
galas are quite tasty although Fuji is my fav
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@JudyEv (91862)
• Bunbury, Australia
16 Mar
I never liked Golden Delicious until I went apple-picking. Straight off the tree they are to die for.
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• Centralia, Missouri
18 Mar
@JudyEv many things taste different that fresh!
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@JudyEv (91862)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Mar
@Jessicalynnt I actually put on weight over that few months. :)
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15 Mar
I need that apple in my life.
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@JudyEv (91862)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Mar
You could have apple pie for months!
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15 Mar
@JudyEv Yeah. It would be amazing!
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@JudyEv (91862)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Mar
@TheInvisibleMan Now we need a big cow to supply enough cream for that apple pie! I know just the one. Watch this space. :)
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@moffittjc (32766)
• Gainesville, Florida
15 Mar
I wish we could grow apples in Florida, but our climate is not suitable for them. I love apples, and eat them all the time. We grow a lot of citrus here in Florida. I guess there are probably lots of people around the world that wish they could grow oranges, tangerines and grapefruit in their communities, so I guess I shouldn't complain about not being able to grow apples!
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@JudyEv (91862)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Mar
I wonder how come citrus fruits thrive but apples don't. Maybe it's the humidity. We have both around here so we're lucky in that respect.
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@moffittjc (32766)
• Gainesville, Florida
21 Mar
@JudyEv It might be our sandy soil that has something to do with it as well. I know that citrus adapts very well to our soil conditions, but I'm not sure if other fruit trees will do as well. Avocado trees do well hear, and so do pecan and peach trees, but I've never seen any apple or pear trees here before.
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@JudyEv (91862)
• Bunbury, Australia
21 Mar
@moffittjc Maybe there are certain bugs in the area.
@Lucky15 (33763)
• Philippines
15 Mar
I always wanted to pick apples, wishing apples grow here in the Philippines :(
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@JudyEv (91862)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Mar
I ate SO many apples during that stint. We were allowed to eat as many as we liked.
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@Lucky15 (33763)
• Philippines
15 Mar
@JudyEv and now wanted to be a picker and eater, haha
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@Nawsheen (22849)
• Mauritius
15 Mar
How i love eating apples...
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@JudyEv (91862)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Mar
They're a nice fruit, aren't they? Do they grow in your country? I'm afraid I know very little about Mauritius.
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@Nawsheen (22849)
• Mauritius
16 Mar
@JudyEv yes they are nice indeed. The climate here is not suitable for growing apples. We mostly have tropical fruits over here. The others we import
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@Ronrybs (7077)
• London, England
15 Mar
I do like a nice Royal Gala, but doubt I could manage one that big!
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@JudyEv (91862)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Mar
Do you have Pink Ladies there? The apple variety I mean.
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@Ronrybs (7077)
• London, England
15 Mar
@JudyEv Too sweet for me
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@allknowing (54665)
• India
15 Mar
I am wondering why India does not think on those lines. I can already fantasize elephants and peacocks (lol)
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@JudyEv (91862)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Mar
And perhaps a tiger! Elephants need only be life-sized.
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@allknowing (54665)
• India
15 Mar
@JudyEv I suppose that could be added too. But let them make a beginning. (lol)
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