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The Big Banana

Address: 351 Pacific Hwy, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia
Phone Number: +61 2 6652 4355
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Ranked #10 of 13 Attractions in Coffs Harbour
Type: Monuments/ Statues, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: In 1964 John Landi wanted something to make passing traffic stop at his road side banana stall. He...
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Type: Monuments/ Statues, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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Goulburn, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

Good fun, laser tag rocked, put put golf awesome, kids loved it and well us parents too! Don't miss this adventure with your family, good times to be had

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Wales, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Called in on the way down the coast with two kids (8&5). Had the brief banana tour which was interesting an informative for the adults. Went on the luge which was OK. Did not go on the other attractions due to lack of time and too spread out. Overall it looked OK and was fine for a stop over.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

The banana sundays are the best but the focus is not on bananas now as it is a theme park. Most of the land has been sold off. Attractions expensive.

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Bologna, Italy
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

As soon as i noticed the big banana they have as a sign i started laughing! It's HUGE!!! This spot is the perfect turistic place for those who don't care about how much food they have in one meal (and you can notice it from the number of "walking bellies" are sitting at their tables). Milkshakes, huge cakes, ice creams,... More 

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Sydney
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

Hubby and I decided to do the Tour of the Plantation and play 18 holes of mini golf. Despite some rain, we had a great time. The woman at the front counter was able to create a package deal for us, even though it wasn't advertised. We both had the grilled chicken and bacon burger at the cafe. Then we... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

Nice place for kids ......quite a few rides ....restaurant is good....a must stop place......enjoy the chocolate making....

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Iconic in Coffs and a must do, I did when I was a kid so we took our kids to do the same. Obviously changed a bit since I went but plenty to do and great for a half day out with the family. We did the tour, inflatable waterpark and the sleds. It was fairly busy but keep in... More 

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Geelong, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

We stayed overnight at Coffs Harbour and couldn't leave without taking our daughter to the The Big Banana as we ourselves had been there about 15 years ago. We only did the photo opportunity, gift shop and cafe because we had to head off on our homeward travels. The gift shop is very good, reasonably priced and a very good... More 

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Albury, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

I really liked visiting the big banana, and there is so much to do there! You could easily spend a whole day here with all the attractions. We did the plantation and world of bananas tour, as well as a couple of toboggan rides. The tour was very informative, and the toboggan rides were really fun. They also had an... More 

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Newcastle, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

A must stop location to get your photos in front of the banana. Plenty of souvenirs, plenty of food. I can recommend the chocolate coated bananas...delicious.

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