Contest #851: Big Merino in Goulburn, NSW, Australia

The Big Merino is a 15 metres tall concrete merino ram, located in Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia. Nicknamed “Rambo” by locals, the Big Merino contains a gift shop on the ground floor and a wool display on the second floor. Visitors can climb to the top and look out through the Merino’s eyes to view the local area.

The Big Merino was officially opened on 20 September 1985 at 98 Hume Street, Goulburn, approximately 800 metres north-east of its current location.

In 1992 the Hume Highway bypassed the town, which resulted in a loss of 40 busloads of tourists to the Big Merino complex per day. On 26 May 2007, the Big Merino was moved to a location closer to the new Hume Highway to increase visitor numbers, and is now located near the freeway interchange at a service station. A drive-through car wash now occupies Rambo’s original location.

Found before the hint:

  • Garfield
  • hhgygy
  • Paul Voestermans
  • Martin de Bock
  • Graham Hedley
  • Angie CF
  • Eloy Cano
  • Phil Ower
  • Bas van Limpt
  • Lighthouse

Contest #849: the heliport parking lot just north of the Maraya Concert Hall, Saudi Arabia

Contest #849 took us in the desert of western Saudi Arabia to the heliport used by visitors to the Maraya Concert Hall. The concert hall is the largest mirror building in the world at nearly 10,000 square metres. But the concert hall location was thought to be too easy for this group of players, so the heliport parking lot just to the north was chosen.

Found before the hint:

  • Phil Ower
  • hhgygy
  • Lighthouse
  • ZORRO THE FOX
  • Graham Hedley
  • Martin de Bock
  • Paul Voestermans

After the hint :

  • Angie CF
  • Garfield
  • Bas van Limpt
  • Ashwini Agrawal
  • Eloy Cano

Contest #848: the Råbjerg Mile migrating sand dune, Denmark

Contest #848 took us to far northern Denmark and the Råbjerg Mile. This sand dune is one of the largest migrating sand dunes in Europe and the last big one in Denmark. Two government acts proclaimed in 1857 allowed the Danish government to buy or expropriate areas of sand drift and to allow the purchase of areas adjacent to the drifts. Dune grasses and conifers were planted to stabilize the sands and these plantations became common after 1880. This sand dune was left to be studied – it migrates up to 15 metres per year to the northeast leaving a low, moist layer of sand behind it, back westwards towards the sea, where the Mile originally formed more than 300 years ago.

Found before the hint:

  • Lighthouse
  • hhgygy
  • Martin de Bock
  • Angie CF
  • Ashwini Agrawal
  • zorro the fox
  • Paul Voestermans
  • Garfield
  • Graham Hedley
  • Eloy Cano
  • Phil Ower
  • Bas van Limpt