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Big Pineapple Plantation

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The Big Pineapple Plantation has been a local landmark for decades exposing visitors to the delights of tropical golden fruit and scrumptious sundaes. Since it opened in 1971, the 15 metre high pineapple has become one of the most instantly recognisable sights of the Sunshine Coast. In the past it offered train and nut mobile rides, a small zoo and farming show.

At present there is change afoot at the Big Pineapple Plantation and it is undergoing a metamorphosis. After being under receivership for a few years the plantation has recently been bought by the Bowden family of Buderim. They are in the process of renovating the Big Pineapple to become one of the biggest showcases of historic cars available to the public in Australia.

The collection housed at the Big Pineapple will show off more than 150 post war historic racing and sports cars from all the major eras. This will make it the largest permanent motoring display in the Southern Hemisphere and one of the most impressive found anywhere in the world. Some of the cars that will be on display include vehicles that were used by Australian motoring greats Peter Brock, Dick Johnson and Allan Moffat.

Some of the classic Big Pineapple aspects will be maintained at the newly refurbished location so for people who fondly remember the huge sundaes, rest easy as they will remain part of the food and dining offered at the centre. The Big Pineapple Plantation along the Nambour Connection Rd stands braced for an exciting new beginning while giving a nod to its past.

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