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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 22 Attractions in Coffs Harbour
Type: Monuments/ Statues, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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... more » 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. Disaster struck and 12 months later the big banana went into provisional liquidation, though still trading until Mr Kevin Ruby, seeing huge potential in the complex, purchased it in 1993. 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 and in September 2013 a state-of-the-art Laser Tag arena! The Big Banana, "It's a Whole Bunch of Fun!" « less
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Havelock North
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

This would be great for families as there are a lot of rides and ice skating for them to do. As a retired couple we enjoyed going into the Candy Kitchen which was also on the site, to watch two employees making sweets. We were told what was happening as they went through the process.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

What can i say. It is just a banana where people stand & take a pic. The cafe there is large & has some wonderful pancake dishes & smoothies etc not to mention a few others. Not to badly priced either. The gift shop isn't to bad either. The rock candy shop is great. They make on the premises in... More

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Albion Park, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

I love a BIG icon and the Big Banana has been a favourite since we used to go every year when I was a kid. Loved going back today and getting our pic taken. My husband and 3 year also went on the tobaggan ride and loved that. We ate yummy banana splits, banana crepes and a chocolate covered banana... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

a 30 minute visit is all you need..buy and ice cream and have a picture in front of the big banana. there is a waterpark and other touristy attractions there too if you are into that kind of thing but we didn't bother.

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Launceston, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

We enjoyed our visit to the big banana. We ate chocolate coated bananas in the cafe as well as banana splits and crepes. Prices in the cafe are very reasonable and the meals delicious. We brought a pass that included a world of bananas tour and toboggan rides. The tour included watching 2 videos and then taking a walk through... More

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Armidale, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

There are so many fun at interesting activities at this attraction, the kids (and parents) loved it! Laser Tag is amazing, the water park, toboggan & ice skating is lots of fun and the Candy Maker is very interesting. We'll be back!

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Ballarat, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

The Big Banana and it's surrounds are looking a bit tired. When we visited it was school holidays. Didn't try any of the attractions attached to Big Banana. Had a lovely banana smoothie in the cafe but was ruined by the wafting smell of sewage or a grease trap.

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Brisbane, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

My kids just wanted a photo with the big banana and i just couldn't say no. A nice shop is there with plenty of variety and the food looks nice but was a bit pricey. We had a choc covered banana and ice cream which was really nice. There are some kids activities like laser tag and ice skating there... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Driving past without ever having called in is un-Australian. The Coffs Coast Visitor Info Centre is conveniently located, as well as a shop and cafe. Check it out.

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Despite valiant efforts to supplement the original banana plantation attraction the addition of water slides, an ice skating rink, a toboggan run and other ancillary activities, the Big Banana has just not been able to achieve that critical mass, and it shows with many attractions in need of a fresh lick of paint or a bit of TLC. With almost... More

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