One of South Australia’s most iconic BIG things, Larry The Lobster, has been dubbed the winner in the poll of big things!
Following times of uncertainty in its future, and a number revamps, the legendary Kingston tourist attraction has finally claimed its ‘biggest’ title yet (see what we did there).
As one of rural Australia’s ‘Big Things’ that was built 40 years ago, the 17m-tell crayfish has been an SA tourism destination for decades.
In 2016, it even attracted the attention of comedy-duo, Hamish and Andy, who launched the #PinchAMate campaign, to raise funds to save the big lobster, following a financial set back that threatened to see the site closed.
While the fundraising helped with a refurbishment of the lacklustre Lobster, it wasn’t enough to save him, and in 2018, there was still talk of Larry permanently relocating to WA after an interested party considered buying the supersized seafood icon.
Then, as happens in every good disaster-aversion story, local hero Tom Brinkworth swept in at the last minute, and bought not only Larry, but the restaurant building behind the coveted crustacean.
Since then, Larry has continued to attract locals, with a new takeaway shop opening alongside the gigantic lobster, proving to be a popular stop-over in the states south-east.
Larry has been endearingly dubbed the ‘come-back king’ with his win taking top honour ahead of its BIG family competitors like the big pineapple, big banana and the big merino.
So next time you take a trip to Kingston, make sure to pop-past and grab a photo with this now award-winning icon that’s captured the hearts of the country.
Find Larry The Lobster at 17 Princes Highway, Kingston S.E, South Australia.