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The Big Banana

351 Pacific Hwy, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia
+61 2 6652 4355
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Ranked #10 of 10 Attractions in Coffs Harbour
Type: Monuments/ Statues, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
Owner description: In 1964 John Landi wanted something to make passing traffic stop at his road side banana stall. He...
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Type: Monuments/ Statues, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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. 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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57 reviews 57 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

The big banana is a good place to spend a couple of hours. They have a cafe, a tour that gives you history and information and is done in a 3D style and with animation so quite informative.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

There are a heap of things to do at the Big Banana - if you have the money and time. The cafe was ok however I was surprised that the Banana Ice Cream was not locally made and was a standard brand name. We did the taboggan ride which was awesome as it was 600m long. It cost $20 for... More 

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Brisbane
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

We went to the big banana on a rainy day, so we didn't get the full experience. Honestly: If you have a young family (my kids are 6 and 8), then this place is a must. It's on the pricey side for food, but all these kind of places always are, so we expected that. The water park was awesome,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

We love coming to big banana when we visit Coffs great day out the kids have an absolute ball. There is so much to do. Watersides tobogganing. Great fun book early for laser tag. Great fun Reccomend to all families.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014 NEW

The Big Banana is the only draw card for adults. Good for children lots to do with Laser tag, Ice skating and more. However, those who have visited in the past will be disappointed.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

I have made many trips to the big banana, it is a great place to bring the kids. Laser tag is my favourite but we also enjoy the toboggan run and water slides. You can have a great day out here there is ice skating, you can see candy being made and a mini golf course soon. Then you can... More 

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Sawtell, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

I love the water toboggan park, that's very nice and relaxing :D My little brother loved too, we go to The Big Banana every weekends. The ride game is nice but a little bit old, some ride cars don't work propely. There are candies shop, a super gift shop with banana in cream, banana to eat etc, a fastfood with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

We went to visit the big banana on our holiday. We were not disappointed. Great cafe and shop to purchase merchandise from. We also went on a banana tour which I must say was fantastic (including getting a free banana) Would highly recommend it!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

We visited the BB on a weekday outside school holidays and was surprised to see a good amount of other visitors. Lots of great things to do with any age family. Staff were a really great bunch, always happy to help and chat. Value is always subjective but we thought it was well worth the money. We purchased one of... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

A trip to the iconic Big Banana when in or travelling through Coffs Harbour is a must. The plantation is disappointing (I was last here approx.30years ago), but there are numerous activities to keep the kids amused...Tobogganing, Mini Golf, Water Park. My sons (10 and 12 yrs) quite enjoyed the 1.5hr session at the water park.

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