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Address: 351 Pacific Hwy, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia
Phone Number: +61 2 6652 4355
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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Spent some time there recently with family, including young children. There were a number of activities that provided a distraction for all members of our party; both young and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Spent some time there recently with family, including young children. There were a number of activities that provided a distraction for all members of our party; both young and old and the treats were very tasty and hard to resist.

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This country has got many big things. Big banana is one of them. You thought this place might be a little inappropriate, but this is actually a family friendly place. It is a big fun park with rides and games. However, you need tickets to get into them. If you are just driving by, this would be a good place... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This place has so much to do from the putt putt golf, tobogganing, ice skating and so much more. The food was delicious! Staff was friendly and plenty of space!

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Sydney, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Average food, a few decent attractions, mini golf is ok. Big tourist trap. Avoid if you want decent food

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I have been stopping here ever since I was a small child, there is a Rock Candy store as well, Opals, and cheese shop. There is coffee and a gift shop, make sure you have your picture with the Big Banana. Fun for everyone.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We always stop at the big banana on any roads trip north of Sydney. My daughter loves it especially the candy shop and the toboggan rides. This visit was for brekkie. It was so good. My daughter had the banana pancakes and I had the big banana brekkie. It was good value but the servings were huge. We both could... More 

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Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a look at the various shops located in this complex and tried the very nice banana split (recommend it). The gift, gem, lolly shops are worth a look as is the cheese making. Would be a great place for kids with plenty of activities to keep them entertained.

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

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

Porepunkah, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Some aspects of the big banana look a little dated. Bathe ticket section could do with a make over and whilst staff were not unfriendly they could be more welcoming. Mini golf was good and we loved the toboggan. Could not do other activities as our children are too yoyng

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

Thanks for the review lmwillo. We are currently working through a refurbishment of the site with many areas already completed and many new attractions as you would have seen. I sure you will see a number of changes on you next visit. We hope to see you again soon! More 

Northern Territory, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our highlight here is always the toboggans. The staff that manage the toboggans are professionals. They can smile and laugh but you see them taking care to ensure that everyone is doing the right thing. The toboggans over the years have gotten more expensive but are still value for money. The candy maker, cheese making shop and Opal Centre are... More 

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

Thanks for the great review Grubble! We're very happy to hear that you had a great time and hope to see you again soon! More 

Gold Coast, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stoped in on way north for a quick bite and ended up stayed for hours. The toboggan, ice skating and mini golf a kids highlight. The café is good and well priced for a coffee and snack. Kids running a muck everywhere.

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

Thanks for the great review Tim! We're very happy to hear that you had a great time :) More 

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