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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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A must stop when travelling via Coffs Harbour. We enjoyed breakfast at the cafe, large serving sizes and staff all very friendly and helpful. Only downside is that they don't open... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 6, 2015
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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 NEW

A must stop when travelling via Coffs Harbour. We enjoyed breakfast at the cafe, large serving sizes and staff all very friendly and helpful. Only downside is that they don't open until 9am.

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Forster, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

We decided to take my nearly 5 and 6yr old ice skating whilst on holiday at Sapphire Beach the kids had so much fun they wanted to go again, I personally thought it was great value for for money session time was 10:30am-12pm excellent morning (take a jumper) we then had ago on the toboggan that's lots of fun we... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

The site is constantly being upgraded. The addition of the mini golf is such a good idea. It is very well planned and finished to high standards. The sweets factory is always a hit with my family. Toboggoning is good, however, slow riders should be warned as my kids' rides were ruined. It cannot be denied that going fast down... More 

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St. Petersburg, Russia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

It was a wonderful time in Coffs Harbor, The Big Banana & caramel factory were interesting places. The Big banana like an oasis. Workers at the caramel factory are professionals, and supermen in their job. I will remember that time all my life. Thank's for wonderful emotions

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

We always used to stop for a bite to eat and got a bit nostalgic over the many times we have gone past over the years on the way to the Gold Coast. It is easy to pull in as it is on the main highway, easy to park and the food was OK and pretty reasonable. The shop is... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 via mobile

We had fun at the big banana with group of family members. There are mini golf and sliders as well as laser shooting game. If visit summer time, water park will be great for young children.

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Quilpie, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Arrived early which was great as the kids didn't have to wait long for the tobbogan or laser tag, would be amazing to return after they complete the water park, had a banana split in the cafe which only would have been better if the icecream was made onsite, a must see if in coffs.

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

The big banana is pretty random but its a fun little stop off if you are driving up or down the coast. Grab some nice frozen chocolate bananas, a photo with the big banana and be on your way!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015 via mobile

I must admit it is an icon and you can't help but stop when you see the banana. Unfortunately there is not a lot to do. The cafe is a touch pricey. The coffee we had was too strong. Compared to other eateries it looks like a school canteen rather than a nice place to rest and eat. Doesn't stop... More 

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Coffs Harbour, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Poor Big Banana. Once upon a time Coffs Harbour was the largest banana growing area in the Southern Hemisphere. Now there stands a cement 'Big Thing' a sign of things past. It has expanded to become a mini theme park and still seems to bring in visitors.

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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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