Aussie Farmer plants 40,000 sunflowers to send a message to the world

A Far North Queensland man says that after his special message to the world was a major hit on social media, and drew thousands of visitors to his property, he was “completely gobsmacked.”

Frederick James wanted to write in enormous sunflower letters the words “G’day world from Oz,” which could be seen from the sky at Innisfail, south of Cairns.

“I thought I’d like to send a message to the whole world and I thought that’s what I’ll do,” he said.

Mr James enlisted the assistance of his neighbours and a group of Vanuatu seasonal workers to plant on the property more than 40,000 sunflower seeds.

“It went completely viral,” he said.

Over the past six weeks, with some tourists from as far away as Brisbane and the Gold Coast, over 5,000 people have travelled from across Queensland to see the magnificent sight.

“Overwhelmed, I was completely overwhelmed — I was gobsmacked,” he said.

“I had cars parked all over the place and I had a traffic jam down my front road … I had to get people to help me with traffic control.”

Mr James said that during a difficult year, the message was all about giving people joy.

“People were actually smiling, taking photographs and selfies. They just felt totally at ease,” he said.

“I think their minds were taken off the darkness of the world at the moment like the coronavirus, the [US] presidential situation … I thought this message would enlighten people a little.”

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