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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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You can't go to Coffs without visiting the Big Banana

We had very limited time in Coffs Harbour but we made sure we stopped at the iconic Big Banana. My children enjoyed going inside. My husband loves and recommends their Banana... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 23, 2015
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Newcastle, Australia
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Newcastle, Australia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

We had very limited time in Coffs Harbour but we made sure we stopped at the iconic Big Banana. My children enjoyed going inside. My husband loves and recommends their Banana Splits and milkshakes. The kids had ice cream. There is a large tourist shop for souvenirs and a tourist guide centre. Although we didn't get the opportunity to use... More 

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Port Stephens, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

There were so many choices of things to do, its changed since I was a child. Its a must if your at Coffs.

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Bogangar, Australia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW

I visited the Big Banana recently, and have to say that it felt like a giant money making retail machine, rather than any sort of insight into the local banana producing history/community. A token tour of the facility included a lone banana plant and a manufactured packing facade. a video presentation led into the shop, where you could purchase all... More 

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Coffs Harbour, Australia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Loved visiting the Candy Shop where you can watch candy being made. The staff are very clever and can incorporate many patterns and colours into the sweets. My daughter had candy made for her wedding which were given as gifts to the guests which had their names and a love heart in her wedding colours. Also lots of other things... More 

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28 reviews 28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

We have been here before but this time wasn't to see the banana itself, but have fun on the Toboggans and mini-golf. The 36 hole mini-golf is a lit of entertainment and the course is painstakingly laid out well (not the biggest fan of mini-golf, but my wife is). I always love the Toboggans as its just a bit of... More 

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53 reviews 53 reviews
27 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

We just stopped here for a photo. The place looks very tired. The signage needs updating or replacing. We may have been enticed to do some of the activities then. Just had a look in the shop which is full of all things 'big banana'. Good for a break on a road trip to stretch the legs.

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Sydney, Australia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
21 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 via mobile

We went skating and although rink was a bit old my partner had never skated and the metal walkers were great to help-there were only 6 people and it was very good exercise

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Coffs Harbour, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Had my cousin, his wife and 5 year old son visit from QLD over Christmas so we decided to do the touristee thing and did the big banana for a day out. My 23 year old son and his girlfriend and 20 year old daughter made it a full family day and we started with luge ride followed by the... More 

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Moonee Beach
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 via mobile

admittedly we used the half price vouchers in the local paper do kids had a ball in the waterpark, putt putt golf, and the laser tag which was so much fun. A great place to entertain the kids.

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Sarina, Australia
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

On 28/02/2015 my wife and I visited The Big Banana at Coffs Harbour as a meal stop during our trip home. We visited the 'Going Bananas Café' for our meal. At the time we visited, the café was not overrun with customers. Unfortunately we had to wait for over 35 minutes for 2 burgers (1 each). Having been in a... More 

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