In a bid to be on the cultural map, and to reinforce their identities, small towns all across the country erected all kinds of oversized structures dedicated to their local produce or themes which underlay tourist or economic activities.
The result: a slightly cringeworthy network of landmarks that lay in testament to the old Australian mentality. The strange thing was that the national institution of the road trip made a lot of these sites prominent in Australia. In a way, the old marketing schtick worked.
But these were different times. Times when theme parks also ruled the cultural and entertainment landscape. I guess it wasn't enough to have some of the most beautiful natural scenery at your disposal. In some way, you had to add a man made element to it.
The good news for us today is that, just like in other countries, Australia now can lay claim to archeological sites of cultural relevance. The Big Pineapple, The Big Banana, The Dog on the Tuckerbox. Some sites have even classified them, ranking them (hopefully as tongue in cheek) must sees. Like here.
But for every Sea World or Hollywood on the Gold Coast there is an Atlantis Marine Park that offers up some great #ruinporn for photographers and people who like to scratch their heads and wonder WTF.
More on the Atlantis Marine Park here.