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Big Banana

351 Pacific Hwy, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia
+61 2 6652 4355
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Ranked #14 of 20 attractions in Coffs Harbour
Type: Monuments/ Statues, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Owner description: In 1964 John Landi wanted something to make passing traffic stop at his road side banana stall. He had heard of a "Big Pineapple" in Hawaii and... more » Owner description: In 1964 John Landi wanted something to make passing traffic stop at his road side banana stall. He had heard of a "Big Pineapple" in Hawaii and thought that something big would definitely stop traffic. With assistance of 1200 pounds and local engineer, Alan Chapman, who set about designing the giant banana by cutting the best looking banana he could find into 40 pieces and developing plans from which builders could work from, the Big Banana could become a reality. Builder Alan Harvey started the construction in September 1964 with the work to be completed before Christmas. The biggest banana in the world was officially opened on December 22 that year. Not long after, John Enevoldson joined as a partner and they expanded with 20 more plantation acres, a shop, cafe and a larger car park. In 1968 John Landi retired and sold his share to John Enevoldson who continued building the business until 1988 when it was sold to Horticulture World, which was part owned by local businessman Bob Johnston. Bob continued expanding the Big Banana into an educational showcase before undergoing a $30 million redevelopment that re opened in June 1989. Disaster struck and 12 months later the big banana went into provisional liquidation, though still trading until Mr Kevin Ruby, seeing huge potential in the complex, purchased it in 1993. The Big Banana now boasts The Banana Slip Water Park (Australia's first 3 story high inflatable waterslide - the biggest in the world), Ice Skating Rink, Wild Toboggan Ride, Going Bananas Cafe, Gift and Souvenir shop, Candy Kitchen, Sunset Lakes Nursery, "The World of Bananas" multimedia theatre experience, plantation and packing shed tour and in September 2013 a state-of-the-art Laser Tag arena! The Big Banana, "It's a Whole Bunch of Fun!" « less
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Traralgon, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

You can't visit Coffs without stopping at the Big Banana! We came we saw, it was a tad pricey for souvenirs & food and I probably expected more unusual banana food items but the Toboggan ride was the best part!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Having passed & stopped more times then I can remember I think the BB is past it's prime. The young kids may still get a kick out of it but it's mainly a coffee shop/cafe nowadays. The old days of the working banana plantation are long gone as are most of the plantings around Coffs I fear ? As a... More

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Longwarry, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

This is a pleasant place for a fine day. You can walk through a banana plantation to a high point with a view down to the ocean. There is a short film with plenty of information about banana growing. The decor of the cafe is not particularly appealing but the coffee was good.

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Michael L, General Manager at Big Banana, responded to this review

Hi Lorraine, Thanks for the review, we're glad to hear that you enjoyed your day with us and the coffee. We have a cafe refurbishment planned for the very near future, so I hope you have a chance to drop in again and let us know what you think. It's expected to be finished by the end of the year.... More

Townsville, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

On our drive to Sydney we made this short stop. It was interesting to see all the banana plantations and have lots of banana products. Did a short tour around. Good for the kids to see too. Mainly a good stopoff for some snacks.

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Michael L, General Manager at Big Banana, responded to this review

Hi Jane, Thanks for the review. Did you know that we had ice skating, laser tag, toboggan ride, candy making kitchen and a theatre and tour experience on-site? The kids would probably love most of these if you have time next time you're passing through. We hope to see you again soon! More

Perth, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Australia has the big Mango, Avocado, Barramudi, crocodile and big Banana. These big attractions are usually interesting for about 30 seconds. Good for a quick leg stretch but be wary of the tourist shop there as it is rather expensive and average. Give it 3-5 minutes max.

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Michael L, General Manager at Big Banana, responded to this review

Thanks very much for the review. Were you aware that we have a lot of other activities on-site including laser tag, toboggan ride, water park, ice skating, candy making kitchen and a theatre and tour experience? We do have a fair amout of signage around the park showing this, but it still can be overlooked considering we are on 45... More

Sydney, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

We were in Woolgoolga for a weekend and passed the Big Banana on the way. Decided to pop in for a look...not much point really! Just take a look and a photo as you drive past. -Over-priced cafeteria-like food served in a grubby dining hall ($3.95 for a banana dipped in chocolate and then frozen...really??!) -Tacky, over-priced gift shop. -Filthy,... More

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

it is just a big banana next to Pacific Highway...You can have a glimpse when driving past. Had a coffee at the Cafe. It was better than expected since the cafe looked more like a food court

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We paid for the movie, plantation tour and toboggan rides. They have put a lot of money in to the theatre and we found the movies entertaining and educating. The toboggan rides were an added extra. We had the frozen choc coated bananas which were nice. We enjoyed the morning and I was pleased our kids had the experience.

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Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

We enjoyed the self guided tour which consisted of a short IMAX movie and a short hologram movie, both very informative and clever, as well as a very short walk through some plantation trees. Unfortunately the longer walk to the viewing platform at the top of the plantation was closed the day we visited- having been to the Big Banana... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

My childhood memories of the big banana included a train ride around the plantation shattered that it was no longer 😃 obviously these guys have done it tough and tried to diversify the business to survive, sadly the main attraction (bananas) lose out. There is plenty to do laser tag, ice skating, tobogan rides etc our kids loved the tobogan... More

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