Fascinated by terrible tourist attractions? The Malthouse opens a can of worm
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Sydney-based sandrider Melita Rowston has spent a lot of time obsessing over "shit tourism". You know the sort – folk museums, giant fibreglass fruit or dogs on tuckerboxes.
One in particular has caught – or disturbed – her imagination: Karmai the Giant Gippsland Earthworm. Karmai was the tourist mascot for Korumburra, a small township in rural Victoria, and was essentially just "one hundred metres of pink material, two golf buggy wheels and a roll of poly pipe".
Trapped in a sordid motel room with a talking tree and a mangy ostrich, Melita reveals the fate of this sorry excuse for an attraction and tries to reach some deeper – even spiritual – understanding of the "shit tourism" phenomenon.