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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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its always fun to visit a national landmark and take silly pics :) the lolly shop is fantastic and great to see lollies being made gift shop is also great

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Huge shock to see a big banana siting close to the highway. Nothing special. But clearly an attraction and of interest to youngsters. Strange to have a banana as a feature for a NSW town!

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Southport, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

My 5 year old absolutely loved the toboggan rides, went twice as there was no one else there, so no queues :) Loved the lolly factory too. The café made amazing banana crepes and the chocolate covered bananas were good. From the gift shop, we bought banana butter and banana & mango chutney, which is amazing - wish we had... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

its always fun to visit a national landmark and take silly pics :) the lolly shop is fantastic and great to see lollies being made gift shop is also great

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Gold Coast, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

The Big Banana, a great Aussie Icon we had been longing to see, try the debogan ride a pretty cool way to get the day started. Great little cafe had to go all out on a banana brunch.... make sure to have the banana crepes very sweet but so good to eat. Cool gift shop, our little guy wont let... More 

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South Australia, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

We struggle to get inspired from this visit but credit the owners for a big banana inspired shop and a large cafe. And love seeing the original giant icon from the 50s - small by todays standards, They have built up lots of local entertainment around it. We buy some bananas and head on.....

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Sydney
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

We stopped to purchase banana shakes (and icecream and fridge magnets) and ended up playing 2 rounds of mini-putt / mini golf. It got rid of some travelling cobwebs (the kids needed the break too) Lots of potential around here. Coffs Harbour is an awesome place for surfing.

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Not bad for the little kids and it is a Ozzy Icon worth a look and a photo. Plenty of parking and can grab a souvenirs, nice view from the hill of the beach.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Traveling long long way in Australia is tough but also great. However it would have been much better if the things you see on the way is actually worth seeing.. The big banana is for sure not one of such things...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

We opted for the self-guided theatre and plantation tour and toboggan ride. Luckily there were no queues for the toboggan ride, so we had three rides. Great fun for adults and kids! The theatre consisted of two 10min shows which talked about the history of bananas. We then got to sample bananas before walking round the plantation. The cafe and... More 

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Michael L, General Manager at The Big Banana, responded to this review

Thanks for the great feedback, we're very happy to hear that you had a great time! We hope to see you all again soon! More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

We visited in sumer with our four children aged between 3-10. We had discount coupons so we got a great deal, can't comment on walk up prices as I don't remember. Staff were friendly and kids had a great day.

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Thanks for the great feedback! We hope to see you again soon! More 

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Address: 351 Pacific Hwy, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia
Phone Number: +61 2 6652 4355
Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Coffs Harbour
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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