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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 #14 of 21 Attractions in Coffs Harbour
Type: Monuments/ Statues, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
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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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Coffs Harbour, Australia
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55 reviews 55 reviews
24 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

A great place to stop for a fun pic of the large banana...... Try a choc coated banana if that's your thing (Its not mine but my husband enjoys them). Get a memento from the store, see candy being made, do a banana tour, try the toboggan ride, or stop at the tourist info centre to get some local things... More

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Dandenong, Australia
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42 reviews 42 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 NEW

Had to stop and have a look at the Big Banana whilst we were in town. It wasn't as big as I expected it to be. I thought that we would have been here for quite a while, but when you have a baby with you, there's not a lot to do there. Is more suited to families where the... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

You can't drive through Coffs Harbour without stopping at the Big Banana to have your photo taken. We just bought a few souveniors and visited the Lolly Shop. There seemed to be enough activities for families to do but for a couple just passing through there wasn't much to really do.

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Coolum Beach, Australia
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17 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

No it's not a major theme park nor does it pretend to be. Rides are good value, toboggans heaps of fun and the chocolate coated bananas are cracking! It's a great stop off for an hour or two with young kids!

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Ballarat, Australia
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36 reviews 36 reviews
13 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014 via mobile

Ok for a quick stop, that's about it. It is more geared towards families with small children. The gift shop is ok to look at. The lolly shop is worth a stop at if you like boiled lollies.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014 via mobile

We all had a great visit.Something for all ages.Well priced.The kids had a ball at the water slide.Great choices in the gift shop.Many Australian products.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Good visit during a trip which was enjoyed with the family when we were visiting them a few years ago.

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Wollongong, Australia
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

What a big disappointment, I hadn't been there for about 30 years. I wanted to take my kids there to re-live my childhood. I thought we would be there for hours. I was disappointed to have seen everything in 5 minutes. The council or state government need to pump some money into the place and make it more of a... More

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Mount Lawley, Australia
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

A local distraction that is fun for the kids. The frozen chocolate coated bananas are bad either. We also did the walk and the ride, both of which were fun. Go ahead, treat the kids, it is a state icon.

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

A great place to take the kids - so much for them to do - loved the chocolate coated bananas - would make the trip just for them! Although a little run down still worth a look.

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