You do not have to travel to Australia to see the Big Pineapple, it is right here in the Eastern Cape. Picture: Supplied.

You do not have to travel to Australia to see the Big Pineapple, it is right here in the Eastern Cape.

Bathurst in the Eastern Cape has the biggest pineapple structure in the world that people from all over come to climb. 

Think Spongebob Squarepants pineapple house in the cartoon of the same name. The Big Pineapple on Summerhill Farm, Bathurst is a replica of Australia’s biggest tourist attraction on Sunshine Plantation in Queensland.

The national attraction draws hundreds of people to the small town to get their picture with the yellow wonder.
According to Lee Botha, from the Pineapple Growers Association, a group of local farmers visited the Big Pineapple in Australia in the late 1980s.

She said were so keen to visit the spot and fell in love with it when they did. Once back to South Africa, the farmers decided that they should construct one in Bathurst, a town known as pineapple country. 

"The farmers were so excited to have this new project that our Big Pineapple, by error, landed up being higher than the Aussie one. Now we have the biggest pineapple in the world.

"The spot is now adorned by all, who pay an entrance fee to walk up the pineapple. 

"The ground floor is a gift shop, which requires no entrance fee, but should you want to go up the Pineapple there is an entrance fee of R25 per adult and R15 for children. There is a museum and a DVD available  to watch regarding pineapples," said Botha.


If you love pineapples, there's some for sale for R6.

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