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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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great time there

Interesting things to do especially enjoyed the taboggan ride - food not as good worthwhile to visit

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
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Rutherford, Australia
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Rutherford, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Interesting things to do especially enjoyed the taboggan ride - food not as good worthwhile to visit

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Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Visited here with my family. It was ok, kids loved the toboggan ride. I expected the banana to be bigger than it was! Haha! You have to visit here because it's so well known! Great meals at the cafe and shop was very interesting too.

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Townsville, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

Me and my family were recently down coffs with the family and we thought we would stop into the big banana for breakfast. Glad we did nice place and the food was pretty good for a tourist place. Worth a visit

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Melbourne, Australia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Came here to learn about bananas,. This place has become to commercialised , so it was disappointing , did not stay long. They have a lot of theme parks there now to keep the kids amused otherwise it is just average. Take a picture in front of the big banana , that's all you need

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Coffs Harbour, Australia
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Stop and get your pic - its a BIG BANANA and in 2015 we are celebrating 50 years!!!!!!!! Check out the little shop, watch candy being made, have a sundae or a frozen banana (not my thing but my husband likes them), go ice skating, try the water slide, go on a tour through the banana's, or try the toboggan.

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Sydney, Australia
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24 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

The Big Banana is certainly a must visit location if you are staying or passing through Coffs Harbour. A nice little cafe & souvenir shop, along with a number of activities to keep the kids busy or even take a break from your road trip. Tobogganing is great fun, so give this a go..On the highway as you go through... More 

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Coffs Harbour, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

A must for people visiting the Coffs Coat, Bananas were once the main crop grown here for many years, here at the Big Banana you can still see a working banana plantation and get a tour and history of the the place.. as well as now being a great place to bring the kids for a fun day out with... More 

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Croydon, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

We only called in for a coffee and a frozen choc dipped banana on a recommendation. Very busy when we arrived, but people come and go very quickly. Great place for the kids, but ours are grown up, so we didn't do anything else while we were there. Looked like there was a variety of things to do if you... More 

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Gold Coast, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

I thought the "Big Banana" was going to literally just be a giant banana and when we got there we found so much more than this. Not only can you walk through the inside of the big banana but they also have ice skating, tobaggon rides, mini golf, water park, cafe, a lolly shop and a visitor centre

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Kingston SE, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

This was great for the family to learn about the bananas and history, not something we can grow in our area. Great little tourist attraction with a good range of souveniers

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