New 'big thing' unveiled near Ballina

A new knight can be seen from the Pacific Highway inviting guests to visit the Macadamia Castle.
A new knight can be seen from the Pacific Highway inviting guests to visit the Macadamia Castle. Contributed

A GIANT blue knight could be seen rising above the hills of the Northern Rivers this morning as a 12-month operation came to an end.

The Macadamia Castle's iconic symbol, which can be seen on the old motorway, now has a new counterpart on the recently opened Pacific Motorway.

Hand drawn, and $55,000 in the making, the 14m high and 12-tonne sign strikes an imposing figure over travelling locals and visitors.

Macadamia Castle owner Tony Gilding said the knight "hung like an angel" for a while as the crane moved it into position.

"For the last 40 years the symbol has been an icon of the castle and I was chatting to an old farmer who summed it up when he said, 'They'll remember the knight at the front and they'll remember the knight at the back'," Mr Gilding said.

The knight - which has approval from Ballina Shire Council and Roads and Maritime Services - is located 2km or 12 minutes north of the Lennox Head turnoff, and is designed to be wind resistant. It sits on a 10-tonne concrete base.

"I was watching nervously as they positioned it this morning," he said.

"It is a reminder to everyone to come take in the local food and culture and everyone is most welcome."

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