Residents of Bowen in north Queensland awoke to a shock this morning: the 10-metre tall tourist attraction known as the 'Big Mango' has mysteriously disappeared. Police suspect pranksters for the overnight heist although we wouldn't rule out peckish UFO pilots either. Whatever the cause, there's now one less 'big thing' to take photos of in Australia. Thankfully, there are still plenty of over-sized tourist attractions to gawp at should the mood strike you.
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Bowen's Big Mango is a 10-metre-high fibreglass structure that requires heavy machinery to move. It's sudden disappearance has baffled local authorities and residents alike. Chairman of Tourism Bowen Paul McLaughlin told ABC News that the Mango was not scheduled for maintenance.
"I'm sure the public will help us find it but at this stage we are just on the early stages of looking at [security] footage," McLaughlin said.
Could the whole thing be a publicity stunt? It certainly wouldn't surprise us (edgy viral marketing is all the rage these days), but it seems odd for Bowen's Chairman of Tourism to blatantly lie to media and the public for the sake of a kooky gag.
Until the Big Mango is rebuilt or uncovered, you're going to have to settle for one of the 145 other Big Things that currently dot the Australian landscape. Here's the complete list of Australian Big Things for your reference, from the Big Lobster in Kingston SA to the Big Beer Can in Cobar NSW. See 'em before they disappear!