The Big Peanut man in Tolga, Queensland.
The Big Peanut man in Tolga, Queensland. Contributed

Tolga's big peanut a drawcard for tourism

TOLGA in the Atherton Tablelands has had a big peanut since 1977 however, for the past 10 years, it's been known as the big peanut man.

The big peanut man belongs to the Peanut Place in Tolga- a store for all peanut wares in Far North Queensland.

Owner Jeff Herbohn, who is originally from Kumbia, moved north 22 years ago.

He's been running the store for 10 years.

"This area is quite famous for peanuts as well, locally, people don't realise our production here is about 10,000 tonnes a year on average,” Mr Herbohn said.

"It's quite a large peanut growing district, even though everyone thinks of Kingaroy for peanuts.”

The big peanut goes back to when the store opened in Tolga. Mr Herbohn said it was a drawcard for the shop.

He thinks Kingaroy getting a big peanut of its own would be a positive for tourism.

"I think it's a good idea,” he said.

"They certainly create interest and, as far as tourism goes, they are a drawcard: Our peanut man here would be photographed every day anywhere between two and 50 times a day.

"Some people don't even come into the shop, they pull up and snap a photo,” he said.

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