Big Banana mashes competition to take top gong
CONTINUING decades of dominance over its fellow 'big things' the Big Banana has won yet another award, leaving The Big Prawn wondering where it all went wrong.
The Coffs Harbour icon has been voted 'Best Big Thing' in the coveted Wotif 2020 Uniquely Aussie Awards, long considered the 'Logies of obscure holiday travel awards'.
It comes as no surprise to those familiar with the Banana's hypnotising yellow sheen and charming personality, a favourite among travellers and locals since 1964.
Voters chose their favourite holiday parks, schnittys and potato scallops but it was clear Australians are proudest of their big things - consistently referred to as national icons.
Wotif managing director Daniel Finch said the thousands of votes received this year made it clear that every Aussie knows a local gem worthy of the spotlight.
He said as Australians realised travelling further afield was off the cards, the "incredible local hospitality available in their own backyard" was being highlighted.
"The bowlo, fish and chip shop and Big Things may not be as far flung as a trip overseas, but they sure are uniquely Aussie experiences that Aussies are privileged to have in this country," he said.
"With summer in reach, many of these businesses need Australia's support so for those that can, now is the time to start planning your next local trip."
Of course that came as no consolation to the 'big thing bridesmaids' who have been forced to watch on as the Big Banana claims award after award.
Ballina's The Big Prawn was said to be inconsolable upon hearing of its third placing, and there are rumours it hit the seafood sauce pretty hard, cutting a desperate figure at the after-party.
The Big Banana didn't help things by forgetting to acknowledge its local rival in its acceptance speech.
The Big Pineapple was more upbeat though, telling interviewers it was happy to place second considering the tough competition and the Queensland border closures.
However, as it launched into a passionate defence of Annastacia Palaszczuk's tough border stance, the broadcast mysteriously cut out.