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Address: 351 Pacific Hwy N, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales 2450, Australia
Phone Number: +61 2 6652 4355
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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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Great for families

Can't beat a Big Banana banana split!..right on the highway makes it an easy spot to stop and have a break if you're travelling..the waterpark is great fun, so visiting in the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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Brisbane, Australia
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74 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A last minute decision to stop over while we were waiting for our accommodation rooms to be made ready for us. So nice to find somewhere that didn't charge the earth to enter and have a look around. Nice little café where we got a quick bite to eat, very affordable as well. Would recommend to anyone to stop by... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Can't beat a Big Banana banana split!..right on the highway makes it an easy spot to stop and have a break if you're travelling..the waterpark is great fun, so visiting in the summer is a good idea.

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Coffs Harbour
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12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

A nice place to see the sites a bit like the gold coast but much smaller scale... good for families to entertain the kids for a few hours.. not much for older people to do with older kids.. good food a bit pricey but for a tourist attraction on par with prices everywhere else overall if your looking to kill... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Big Banana has a lot more to offer than just the 'Big Banana, there is the tour, mini golf, water park, laser tag and several other attractions. We didn't arrive until around 3pm so they were in the process of wrapping up for the day. The cafe was reasonably priced for a tourist attraction. Our young kids loved being... More 

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

Thanks very much for the review Blair! We hope you can come again earlier in the day so you can try out all of our great attractions :) More 

Sydney, Australia
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18 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Well if your on a road trip up the east coast you cant miss it. Great coffee, and food, and fun for kids with water slides and toboggan rides

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

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

Coffs Harbour, Australia
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Nice coffee and great breakfast, sitting in the morning winter sun was lovely and will be back. Different aspect sitting up there and watching all the traffic go past compared to driving by yourself. The cheese shop is a must stop and buy as well.

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

Thanks for the great review Kam411. We're glad to hear that you enjoyed you visit! More 

Numurkah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Great for Families and even better in warmer months when Water Park is Running. Ice Skating is so much Fun as well as the Toboggan Run. Had a photo under Big Banana every Year we go and stay in Coffs Harbour.

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Thanks for the great review 256robync! We hope you can make it back soon :) More 

Coffs Harbour, Australia
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33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The Big Banana is convenient as it is right on the highway but isn't what it use to be. The visitor items are dated and appear to be replaced with high cost options, if stopping with kids bring your wallet. Apart from the iconic Big Banana (a must stop for the family photo) there is ice skating, minigolf, water park,... More 

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

Thanks for taking the time to review our business Caroline. We hope to see you again soon. More 

Coffs Harbour, Australia
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5 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Lots of attractions to see and do there. Cafe has the best pancakes. Not open until something like 9am though which is unfortunate if you're up early. Good value and quick service. A must visit for anyone coming to Coffs Harbour!

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

Thanks for the fantastic review jazzy089! We're glad to hear that you love our pancakes as much as we do! :) More 

Bargo, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Haven't been here since I was about 6 years old. The banana seemed huge back then. If you love bananas there's plenty there. Lunch was nice and cheese shop had some great cheeses

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Thanks for the review Nicole, we hope to see you again soon! More 

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