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What’s hip this July

What’s a big deal

THE nation’s most famous ‘big thing’, the Big Pineapple – standing tall at 16m high – has reopened at Woombye. The first stage of the Big Pineapple regeneration includes the launch of a new café, children’s playground and viewing platform. The Plantation Train has been fully restored, along with its carriages and the track, to bring it up to current safety standards and certification requirements. The extensive renovation project has been undertaken by owner Peter Kendall and his company CMC Property. Situated on a 165-hectare site, the Big Pineapple was originally launched on August 15, 1971. It quickly became a food and tourism icon, showcasing and celebrating Queensland’s world-class produce. In its heyday, the Big Pineapple lured over one million visitors annually – including the likes of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, who visited in 1983.

 

Where to go

IF YOU love bacon as much as TV’s Homer Simpson, you need to plan a trip to the South Burnett. Bacon lovers are already sizzling with excitement over the news that the Kingaroy BaconFest is back on the local food festival menu for another year. Scheduled to tantalise the tastebuds from August 16-18, the festival includes celebrity chefs (Alastair McLeod, Justine Schofield, Matt Golinski and Dan and Steph Mulheron), a BaconFest-themed beauty pageant, bacon-eating competition, smoke-off contest and the Rasher’s Run through the South Burnett Rail Trail. Go to kingaroybaconfest.com.au

 

What to watch

ANYONE who has an affinity with the ocean and big-wave surfing should tune into Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau. This sports documentary on Disney+ is a lesson in Hawaii’s history, the ancient tradition of wave riding and how the North Shore of Oahu was conquered, as much as it is devoted to the life and times of the man behind the notorious phrase: “Eddie Would Go”. The ocean was a spiritual place for Eddie Aikau – somewhere he could be at one with nature and feel the ‘mana’ (the Hawaiian word for ‘energy and life source’). But November 19, 1967, changed his life when the world first saw him as the Hawaiian coming down the face of monstrous surf, as Waimea Bay maxed out at 40ft. His superhuman efforts eventually led to him becoming the first life guard to officially patrol the North Shore. Having performed more than 500 rescues over his 31 years, he gave himself the role of protector of sacred human life. It was a role he played right up to his tragic end at sea in 1978, seeking assistance for fellow crew members after the voyaging canoe Hokulea capsized during a storm.

 

Back in the day…

JULY 6 marks the 30th anniversary of the release of Forrest Gump in US cinemas. Not only was it a major box office success, the film triumphed at the 67th Academy Awards. Tom Hanks won the Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role, and Forrest Gump also picked up Best Picture, Best Director for Robert Zemeckis, Best Visual Effects, Best Adapted Screenplay by Eric Roth and Best Film Editing. It may not have as much action-packed adventure as the Marvel Universe, but the film remains as endearing as its main character, whose quote: “My mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get” has been ranked by the American Film Institute in the top 50 greatest movie quotes.

 

What to book

QUEENSLAND’S first permanent interpretive light show installation comes to K’gari (Fraser Island) from September. The island’s four-star ecotourism property Kingfisher Bay Resort has announced Illumina, set amid the natural beauty of the resort’s wallum wetlands. The innovative installation aims to enhance visitors’ experience and provide a unique night attraction, exclusive to resort guests. Illumina will showcase the world’s largest sand island with the Return to Sky exhibition: a journey of discovery, regeneration and growth, told in one mesmerising 20-minute light show. The resort has engaged Melbourne-based international light artist Bruce Ramus and his team from Ramus Illumination, renowned for creating symphonies of light and colour at various destinations around the world, including Wintjiri Wiru at Uluru – an Aussie tourism first. Watch the light show unfold at illuminakgari.com.au

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