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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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We got there a bit late so we didn't have long to look through was great to stop off ,glad we did oh yer and the famous photo of the Huge Banananananana!

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

We got there a bit late so we didn't have long to look through was great to stop off ,glad we did oh yer and the famous photo of the Huge Banananananana!

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Canberra, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Had to stop at this iconic landmark, brought back lots of childhood memories which I wanted to pass onto my children. Highly recommend the chocolate coated frozen banana!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

The Big Banana just doesn't live up to its reputation anymore. It's a good place to go visit for part of a day, but it wouldn't be a main attraction. They're improving slowly, but never the less, need to step up a notch. The candy kitchen is overpriced and the banana sundaes, just don't have that whazam anymore. The ice... More 

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Port Macquarie
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Stopped in for a stroll around. The Lolly Factory is great. Nice little restaurant, lots of activities for young and old.

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

It's cool it's there 50 years & a good photo opp. Canteen fine for chips & shakes & souvenir shop full of junk that kids love. If in area has to be done at least once :)

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Always fun going to see one of Australia's iconic "Big" items. We had our obligatory photo in front of the banana and enjoyed an afternoon tea and ice cream whilst we were there.

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Brisbane, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

The big banana is a good attraction they do have lots of things to do such as water park , ice skating , laser tag etc. However the prices were to high for us for enjoy the day . I would still recommend going just to see the banana . They also have a café and a gift shop.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

A combination amusement park/gift shop, the Big Banana is best for families with children who want a great place to take the kids and entertain them.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

I've made several trips to the Big Banana over the years... I've done the tour of the banana plantations but one of my favorite trips had to be on the Australia Day Long Weekend this year. The Big Banana has waterslides running for kids and adults. The waterslides consist of a variety of different jumping castle activities and giant blow... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Visited the BB because thaTS what you have to do in Coffs Harbour. Last time I was here was over 30+ years so I was a bit disappointed to what I remembered. We visited off peak and mid week so it was only us as a couple who wanted a tour of the plantation at that time. So the tour... More 

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