BIG things of the Cradle Coast Tasmania
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BIG things of the Cradle Coast Tasmania

Tasmania may appear to be small on the map, but we’re kind of a big deal.

As well as boasting some of the state’s big ticket items in the way of stunning natural attractions, the North-West Coast is home to a host of fun Instagram-worthy manmade “Big Things” that you must include in your road trip itinerary across the region.

The Big Penguin

Just when you thought a quaint seaside village called Penguin couldn’t be anymore adorable, throw a three-metre tall cement penguin into the mix and the town becomes a must-see spot.

Having taken up residence on the picturesque foreshore opposite the Visitor Information Centre in 1975 to mark the centenary of the proclamation of the township, the Big Penguin has featured in countless happy snaps.

Now the icon can often be seen sporting an array of ever-changing outfits and accessories to mark special occasions.

While you’re in Penguin take a wander around town, visit the famous Sunday market and of course you can see the real thing here too, with little penguin rookeries all the way along the coastline

The Big Platypus

Normally the platypus is an elusive creature that can take some patience to spot in the North-West Coast’s beautiful waterways.

But for a guaranteed encounter of a larger-than-life monotreme head to historic Latrobe, about 10 minutes from Devonport, where you will find the chisel and chainsaw-carved Big Platypus outside the Australian Axeman's Hall of Fame at 1 Bells Parade.

Afterwards head into the Platypus Interpretation Centre where you can see a forest glade display consisting of six ponds with a flowing water feature, dioramas, sculptures, mural boards and screens.

Then make your way to Warrawee Reserve to have a go at spotting the real thing or ask in the centre about booking a guided platypus tour.

The Big Cherries

Latrobe is home to not one but two of the Cradle Coast’s Big Things, with an oversized pair of juicy red cherries just down the road from the Big Platypus, on the Bass Highway outside The Cherry Shed.

After you’ve worked up your appetite head inside the Cherry Shed where the cafe offers a menu with a hint of cherry, you can taste a range of jam and sauces, see fruit ice-cream mixed before your eyes and visit the gift shop.

All of their products are made using fruit grown and processed right here on the North-West, which produces some of the largest and most richly flavoured cherries you'll ever taste.

Fresh cherries are available from mid-December to mid-February (season dependent) while frozen cherries are available all year round.

The Big Spud

Only a further three minutes up the highway from Latrobe you will come across a North-West icon, perched atop a pole in Sassafras.

Kenny Kennebec, the giant potato, is more affectionately known as the Big Spud, and has been wearing his dapper hat and waving to travellers for more than 30 years.

He was built to advertise the original vegie shed business on the site, which opened in 1982 and has since been converted to a service station.

Nominated as one of the state's top heritage places in a Heritage Festival poll and securing more popular votes than such valuable historical landmarks as Home Hill in Devonport, keep your eyes peeled for the Big Spud.

The Big Apple

An eight minute drive from Devonport will bring you to Spreyton’s Big Apple retail complex, where you can grab a bite to eat after snapping your shot of the large piece of fruit sitting on the roof.

The original fruit and vegetable business on the site was owned by the Squibb family, one of the pioneering orchardist families at Spreyton.

You can still see many orchards in the area, and for a refreshing way to taste the apple products you can’t beat the Spreyton Cider Co, just four minutes away on the corner of Sheffield Road and Melrose Road.

Here you can sample their cider, peek through the windows into the cidery, purchase Tasmanian products from the shop and even catch live music acts.

The Big Tasmanian Devil

Tasmania is famous for its ferocious devils, and for an encounter with a giant version make your way to Trowunna Wildlife Park at Mole Creek, about 50 minutes from Devonport.

You can’t miss it – the more than two-metre tall black-and-white marsupial guards the entrance to the 65-acre sanctuary, where you can also see the real thing, plus a range of other creatures.

Trowunna has been caring for native animals since 1979, and continue to house the world's largest heritage population of endangered Tasmanian Devils.

They offer daily educational interactive tours and facilities such as the Devil Education and Research Centre, a gift shop, parking, toilets, picnic tables and barbecues.

The Big Crayfish

For the freshest Tasmanian seafood around, as well as a sighting of a giant crayfish, make your way to the gorgeous little fishing village of Stanley, about an hour and a half from Devonport.

The super-sized southern rock lobster is mounted on the roof of Hursey Seafoods, where the tasty crustaceans are kept alive in sea tanks, which ensures supply all year and provides consumers with the very best taste.

Nestled under the famous Nut, it’s a great spot to order your takeaway and check out the local fish in the display tanks while your food is cooked, purchase fresh seafood, including fish fillets, lobster, oysters, scallops and prawns, from the deli or head upstairs to the restaurant overlooking the bay.

Then be sure to work off your meal with a walk along one of the beautiful beaches, through the historic main street lined with interesting stores and up the zig-zagging path to the top of the Nut for an amazing view.

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