The Big Knight was built in the 1980s to accompany the Macadamia Castle built a few years before it.
Macadamia Castle was first called Knockrow Castle and the knight was planned to stand sentry at the entrance of the car park and addition to Australia’s growing big things.
The armour was originally painted white with the red and yellow “cloth” the same colour it is now. The chest of the armour had a red cross, as the knight was meant to be St George. Originally, a dragon was to be lying at his feet.
The design was based on a suit of armour that was on display in Knockrow Castle at the time and made to be three times the size, an impressive 6.5 metres tall.
The knight holds two weapons. A sword on his left side and a trident shaped spear leaning on his right hand.
Much of the knight is made from fibreglass and constructed by local Bob McTavish who was a surfboard shaper and had opened an aviation fibreglass business.
The Big Knight is much more colourful these days with blue armour and silver highlights. The red cross is gone, replaced with a shield design showing the castle and animals from the animal fun park accessed through Macadamia Castle .
The known stands to the side of the parking area and is easily accessible without having to enter Macadamia Castle itself, so it can be seen after hours if required.
If the knight isn’t big enough for you but you drive an electric vehicle, the parking area has Tesla recharging stations which may entice you there.
To get there:
Heading south on the Pacific Mwy, take the Hinterland Way exit for Lennox Head, From the Bruce Hwy. At the end of the exit, turn left onto Hinterland Way with the brown sign for Macadamia Castle. Follow Hinterland Way for 2.9km with the entrance to Macadamia Castle with The Big Knight on the left.
Heading north on the Pacific Hwy, take the Ross Lane exit for Lennox Head. At the end of the exit is a roundabout. Turn right at the roundabout to cross over the motorway, then left at the next roundabout onto Hinterland Way with a brown sign for Macadamia Castle. Follow Hinterland Way for 4.2km with the entrance to Macadamia Castle with The Big Knight on the left.
Cost: Free to stop, animal fun park Adult $25, Child (2-16) $15, Concession $18, Student $18, Annual Adult $65, Annual Child $55, Annual Concession $60
Hours: Mon-Sun 8am-5pm
Food: Yes, cafe
Wheelchair accessible: Yes
BBQ: Yes, only in animal fun park
Playground: Yes, only in animal fun park