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Address: 351 Pacific Hwy, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia
Phone Number: +61 2 6652 4355
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Description: In 1964 John Landi wanted something to make passing traffic stop at his...
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. 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 a state-of-the-art Laser Tag arena and in December 2014, a 36 hole Mini Golf Course ! The Big Banana, "It's a Whole Bunch of Fun!"
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Fun time out as there is so much to do. Get classic tourist photo with the banana and highly recommend the chocolate covered banana from the cafe!! The toboggan is lots of fun as... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
Tara S
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW via mobile

Fun time out as there is so much to do. Get classic tourist photo with the banana and highly recommend the chocolate covered banana from the cafe!! The toboggan is lots of fun as well. My only negative would be that the theatre tour is a bit outdated. Great day out for the family.

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Chatswood, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

This is a centre that includes water slides, laser tag (I think) and toboggans. We bought the 2 part ticket and went tobogganing first and then to the slides. We loved the toboggans, it was brilliant and the staff member even took a photo and video of us and had our bags in the office, so that was great, thanks,... More 

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Mermaid Beach, Australia
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW via mobile

The site itself is lovely, the service at the Cafe was ordinary and not friendly at all, the toboggan would have been fun had someone in front of both my son and myself not hauled on their brakes mid ride causing us to smash...that was unexpected! Worth a stopover and explore though.

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Sydney, Australia
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

We're regulars at Coffs Harbour as we love the area, may it be just passing through on the way to Gold Coast or it be our destination to spend school holidays and it has a lot to offer to families like us. Kids enjoyed the visit and loved our photos taken in one of the "BIG" landmarks around Australia. As... More 

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Blue Mountains, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

Got an all day rides pass for kids - best value ( after 10am) Hot sunny day, water slides ( two main blow ups with extras for the real little ones)...kids kept lining up Sliding down & back for more,toboggan run ( 5 minute run up then down the hill on a track sitting on a toboggan - room for... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

The travelling public in general love all attractions “big” and “The Big Banana” is no exception. For our family it has become a tradition to have the banana split sundae then our historical photographic record of growth of the children and ageing of parents in front of the big banana. The comparison of photos is one of those family memories... More 

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Chandigarh, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

The big banana is what all reviews talk about in Coffs harbour. It is an amusing site, but if you dont know where it is you may just drive past it. But worth a dekko

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

We were just up the road at Opal Cove for a week and passed the BIG B twenty times before I succumbed to its presence - it was too hot for S, so I went by myself. And a solo show it was too. I was the only customer at the mid-afternoon show on a Tuesday. Two well-produced AV shows... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 via mobile

The big banana is a fun little stop, and offers a nice break from the traffic around coffs. The ups - great banana ice cream and lots of other food items on offer. Lots of tables and seating, toilets etc. The downs - It can be a bit difficult to get into if you're travelling south bound, but very easy... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

This is a fun stop to see the big banana. Lots of banana things to eat - expensive but what do you really expect at a big tourist attraction!

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