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6 April 2012 / leggypeggy

Half way across Australia to see a silly galah

The Big Galah at Kimba, South Australia

Australia is huge, so maybe that explains why Australians are obsessed with big things. In fact, there are about 150 big things scattered across the country.

I’ve seen quite a few such as the Big Merino in Goulburn, the Big Banana in Coffs Harbour, the Big Bench in Broken Hill, the Big Lobster in Kingston and the Giant Murray Cod in Swan Hill. Now I’ve met another one that I never knew existed—the Big Galah.

Galahs are a gorgeous pink, white and grey variety of parrot that is native to Australia. They’re about 35 centimetres (14 inches) long and weigh 270–350 grams (9–12 ounces).

This bird is 8 metres (26 feet) tall and weighs about 2.3 tonnes. He was built in the early 1990s by Robert Venning, and is made from fibreglass over a steel frame. He lives in front of the Half Way Across Australia gem shop in Kimba, South Australia.

And why did I refer to him as a ‘silly galah’. It’s Australian slang for a foolish person—as in ‘don’t be a silly galah’.

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