Bench can rest easy as a big attraction

Friday, 29th June, 2012

Four-year-old Sydney girl Emma McCarthy had the time of her life looking over the city from the Big Bench on the Line of Lode. Four-year-old Sydney girl Emma McCarthy had the time of her life looking over the city from the Big Bench on the Line of Lode.

By Kurtis Eichler

Tourists still love their larger-than-life monuments, and Broken Hill's Big Bench is one of their favourites.

Automotive navigation company, TomTom, surveyed 1000 people and collated a list of the 10 most popular big attractions the nation has to offer.

The city's Big Bench scraped through in 10th place with just two per cent of the vote, with Coffs Harbour's Big Banana taking first place with 34 per cent of voters calling it their favourite big icon.

Built in September 2002, the Bench sits atop the Line of Lode providing tourists with a picturesque view of the Silver City.

"Aussies love their road trips so it's no surprise that with over 150 'big things' across the country, they're often a popular excuse for a detour or stop," said TomTom Asia Pacific vice president Chris Kearney.

"At TomTom we want to help people seek out new places and get there as safely and easily as possible."

Mayor Wincen Cuy said he was glad so many tourists were enjoying the mammoth seat.

"I think that anything that names Broken Hill in the top 10 or whatever is great marketing and great promotion for the city."