Childers residents will get a laugh out of a massive mechanical kookaburra as it passes through the town late on Thursday afternoon, while Bundaberg residents will be able to see it the day after, on Friday.
The kookaburra, which emits its own iconic laugh, is a passion project of Dr. Farvardin Daliri OAM, an Australian sculptor, who used his time in COVID lockdown to build the eight-and-half metre long, and four-and-half metre tall kookaburra.
The Childers visit will be wedged between the display leaving from Hervey Bay and on route to Bundaberg and is expected to arrive in Childers sometime between 4.30pm and 5.15pm. The kookaburra will depart Hervey Bay at 3.30pm and is limited to a travelling speed of 80kph.
Residents are invited to watch from the footpath as the kookaburra makes a slow trip through the town area.
For safety reasons and to comply with COVID-19 restrictions, the kookaburra will make a stop at the Apple Tree Creek rest area on the north side of Childers after leaving the town.
Some locals may remember Farvardin when he visited in 2019 and brought a giant koala to Bundaberg.
Unlike last year’s tour, Farvardin said this year’s will be much longer and reach out to more communities.
“Last year we rushed the koala from Brisbane to Townsville in 9-10 days, but this year we will reach out to more communities and people.”
“When the COVID lockdown took place, I thought ‘I’ll finish it during this time' and felt very much compelled to make it laugh, because with everything going on people need laughter now more than ever.”
“With respect to the social distancing, we are very much planning to visit a number of places along the route and try to visit businesses and schools, so people don’t have to congregate in one place,” said Farvardin.
Kookaburra to visit Bundaberg on Friday
The kookaburra will also brighten the spirits of Bundaberg residents when it arrives on Friday, 31 July. You’ll be able to grab a glimpse of the big laughing bird from 8:30am onwards.
8:30am – Bridgestone Service Centre, Bundaberg East
10:30am – A special visit to Kalkie State School
11-12am – The Giant Kookaburra will fly past Bargara State School, Bundaberg Christian College, Woongarra State School and St John’s Lutheran Primary School.
12:30pm – A special visit to Bundaberg South State School.
1:00- 2:00pm The Giant Kookaburra will fly past Thabebean State School, St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Walkervale State School, IWC, Bundaberg Central State School and CityFit.
2:30pm- Special visit to Headspace Bundaberg.
3:30pm – Raine and Horne, next to Hinkler Shopping Centre.
Then on August 1 at 4:30pm the flying Kookaburra will make a special appearance at Moore Park Beach Tavern.