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A juicy new $1.5M makeover for The Big Orange

– Peter Hackett, Big Things in Australia
Abbie Tiller
The iconic Big Orange in the Riverland is about to undergo a revitalisation, injecting a new “zest for life” into the towering 15-meter structure. A substantial $1.5 million makeover is on the horizon, slated to kick off in 2024, transforming the site into a multifaceted destination featuring a distillery, brewery, and restaurant.

Once a beloved attraction during the 1980s and 90s, the Big Orange, situated on the outskirts of Berri, lost its lustre over the years, with multiple changes in ownership and a steady decline in ‘appeal’, leading to its closure for more than two decades.

The heart of the upcoming development will remain the Big Orange, standing proudly as a Riverland landmark. The project aims to celebrate the citrus-growing region’s heritage by exploring the creation of an orange-style beer and orange-inspired gins. Mark Kwiatkoski of Adelaide Planning and Development Solutions urges the community to “watch this space.”

“The proposal will result in the restoration and reinvigoration of the original Riverland tourist icon—the Big Orange—which will add another amazing facility to the region,” Kwiatkoski shared. “The new brewery, distillery, and associated bar and restaurant with outdoor dining will provide another great tourist destination and will offer another reason to visit Berri and surrounds.”

Australia is no stranger to “big things,” and South Australia proudly contributes with landmarks such as the 17-meter Larry the Lobster in Kingston, Gumeracha’s Big Rocking Horse, and the Big Galah in Kimba.

Assuming progresses goes as planned, construction of this ambitious development is will commence in 2024, with a target opening in late 2024 or early 2025.






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