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The Big Pineapple, Nambour
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  • This 'attraction' would appear to be stuck in a 1970s time warp. On the plus side, at least you were not charged an entrance fee. The associated buildings looked bleak and unused as did the surroundin...  more »
  • you got to tick the big pineapple off your australia's big things list. it was much better when I was a kid. it's a little run down now which is a shame. you can go inside it to find some fun facts an...  more »
  • We stopped by this local zoo which is by the 'Big Pineapple'. The zoo is small but has a good selection of local Australian animals which can be observed by either holding them or walking through the ...  more »
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  • The Big Pineapple has been voted as Australia's #2 Icon. The Saturday Markets are a great way of supporting this Icon to stay alive. There are heaps of fresh food and plant stalls, The Juice and Smoothie Van, new and second hand items to buy and of course the Huge Pineapple, you may even get to cuddle a Koala and have a train ride.
  • The Big Pineapple was once a wonderful place I am told, and the decaying ruins that still stand around it are testament to that. Today, the Big Pineapple itself stands, filled with information about the pineapple growing trade of Queensland. Also inside the pineapple, you can see bottles and cans of now decomposed pineapple products, standing in displays, with their contents turned black. From the top of the pineapple, you can look out over the Nambour Connection Road, and across fields where pineapples used to grow. You can also see across to the carpark. Around the base of the Big Pineapple, some businesses still operate, there is a refreshment and souvenir stand, and and information desk, as well as a coffee shop. On Saturdays there is a market held on the site. There is also the miniature railroad, which will, for a price, take you around the southern side of the site, near the animal display, moved up from the former Alma Park Zoo. From the train, you can see what remains of the pineapple growing project. On the northern side of the Big Pineapple stands a large arched structure, today used as the training area for Q-Ride, where people learn to ride motorcycles on the large concrete slab under the arch. But originally, this was a pineapple nursery, where people could come and see the early growth stages of the pineapples, then they were transplanted to the fields where the train circles. Alongside the arch, stands a domed structure, which was once The Creatures Of The Night House, displaying nocturnal animals. The building itself, with it's large brown dome, was the lesser known Big Macadamia Nut. The nocturnal animal house stands empty today, left to the ravages of time. On the hill above the arch and dome, there is a small cannery. This site, The Big Pineapple was once a display of how pineapples are grown, harvested, packaged, and produced, but now stands in it's current sorry state. Unfortunately for the owners, The Big Pineapple has been heritage listed, against their wishes, and they are unable to redevelop the site.
  • Today I found out that Mr Almost Two is a complete train nut. He has always been a Thomas fan but his first official train ride on the Big Pineapple rail revealed his true train obsession. Having to get off to look at gorgeous animals caused a total melt down. This is when we met the loveliest lady train driver who offered him an extra turn and most happily led off the train by hand while he blissfully chatted away. Sadly I didn't your name but thank you so much for your kindness you made our day.
  • Absolutely awful. To the (bleached) blonde lady and her Simon Cowell lookalike colleague who were both 'working' in the cafe, my wife and I can read lips and saw the awful things you were both saying about our 2year old toddler who was throwing a tantrum. Yes he was loud but he was hot and hungry. Do you have children? Do you remember what it was like? Do you have any human compassion left at all? We were going to stop at the dismal looking cafe but you lost our business with your horrible attitude. The Big Pineapple what can we say - won't be returning. Only the tiny cafe and train ride through a dried up old field remain, along with the old mouldy shell of the original Pineapple itself (which was the only thing our son got excited about if only for 2 minutes). To the 3 old grey nomads in their perfectly bleached white cotton trousers who sat outside the said dismal cafe and, along with the 2 staff, tut tutted and frowned upon our 2 year old chucking a tanty, we were totally disappointed in you also. We had a laugh at the hypocrisy of the place as outside there was a shirt for remembering Daniel Morcombe and having compassion and empathy and protecting children. How disgraceful that the 5 adults we saw at the Big Pineapple today did not show any such redeeming qualities. Advice for tourists - give this place a miss and head out instead to the Ginger Factory in Yandina. Train ride and activities for kids, honey and bee tours, ginger tour and wonderful ginger produce, lovely set up with some gorgeous speciality shops and delicious cafe all surrounded by lush tropical plants. Most importantly, staff that genuinely care and make you feel welcome. Nut factory and coffee place just across the road.
  • Sorry to say bit this icon is pretty run down a 21st century touch - especially on the inside. This great icon is very nice to look at from the outside. Inside is a much different story.