The Big Pineapple is a heritage-listed tourist attraction on the Sunshine Coast in South East Queensland, Australia. It is 16 metres high and was originally opened on the 15 of August 1971. It is situated on a 165 hectare site. The Big Pineapple features two rides: One on a Nut Mobile, the other on a small train that takes passengers on a tour of the plantation and lets them optionally disembark at a small zoo situated on the property. The rides take visitors around the plantation while the driver broadcasts information about the plants at the plantation, along with a history.
The plantation also features a small animal farm where visitors may feed the animals. Such animals include: dingoes, a deer, a donkey, alpacas, pigs, chickens, ducks and various birds. The plantation once housed a Macadamia Nut factory. They still grow macadamia nuts.
Other Big Pineapples:
A Big Pineapple sat atop a disused petrol station in Gympie, Queensland some 100 km to the north, but was demolished in 2008. Another 'small Big Pineapple' is located at the front of a petrol station in Ballina, New South Wales.
In the United States, an airline called The Hawaii Express, which operated service between Los Angeles, California, and Honolulu, Hawaii, in 1982 and 1983, was nicknamed "The Big Pineapple" because of that design which was painted on the mango-colored tail of the aircraft.
The Hawaiian Pineapple Co. (later, Dole Food Co.) erected a pineapple-shaped water tower over their cannery building in Honolulu, HI, on 23 February 1928. The pineapple was 40' tall, with a 24' circumference, capable of holding 100,000 gallons. Resting atop 100' steel legs above the cannery, it served as a local landmark for many years. "The Big Pineapple," as it was called, was dismantled in 1993, after the cannery was closed down.
A copy of the original Big Pineapple is in Bathurst, South Africa. It is actually bigger at 16.7 m high. Inside is a curio shop and informative static and visual displays of the pineapple industry in the area with an observation deck on top looking out over farm lands and the Indian Ocean in the distance. There is another big pineapple facsimile located in Singleton.
Dunmore, Scotland, is home to the Dunmore Pineapple, a folly once termed "the most bizarre building in Scotland".