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Address: 351 Pacific Hwy, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, 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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Took the grandkids for some fun.

My grandchildren had a ball! I used to take my daughter there to ice skate years ago. The lolly shop is a favourite and the banana pancakes and sundaes are to die for. Go and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Oztralien
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Coffs Harbour, Australia
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Coffs Harbour, Australia
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

My grandchildren had a ball! I used to take my daughter there to ice skate years ago. The lolly shop is a favourite and the banana pancakes and sundaes are to die for. Go and enjoy it!

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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Clean tidy good service nice coffee passed it so many times on the way to visit my daughter thought we would stop this time glad we did

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

Thanks for the great review Marilyn! We're glad you stopped in too! We hope to see you again soon :) More 

Canberra, Australia
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20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Despite the insane humidity it was a great pit stop to see one of Australia's BIG attractions. Kids thought it was going to be much bigger than it really was I am not sure how big they thought it was going to be. Well maintained and cared for!

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

Thanks for the great review Sarah. We're glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit! PS. Sorry it wasn't big enough for the kids :) More 

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15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We loved the Big Banana! It definitely brought out the children us! We only stayed at Coffs Harbouw for 1 night on our drive up from Sydney to Brisbane. We had a good couple of hours playing mini golf and went on the unforgettable taboggon ride! Loved it!

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

Thanks for the great review cgstamp. We're very glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you again soon! More 

Coolangatta, Australia
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26 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This review is only for the WATER PARK. I was absolutely shocked at how terrible and nasty the staff were speaking to small children on the blow up slides! I totally understand they must repeat themselves a lot during the day- but we were there for the first session yesterday (saturday 30 january) and the young staff member was absolutely... More 

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

Thanks very much for taking the time to provide this valuable feedback brownsurfgypsy. What you have described is far from the standard we expect from our staff, please accept our sincere apologies. We have investigated this matter and provided additional training to the staff member involved. We hope to see you at the park again sometime so you can experience... More 

Geelong, Australia
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14 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Recommended for a look but very expensive for what it is. The park should have one entry fee for all of the park, not charge per exhibit. The water park is only by sessional times, you can not stay all day. Session times are approx 1 1/2 hrs, just ridiculous. The park is more about Greed, over charging. Would not... More 

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

Thanks for your review Nicole. We're very disappointed to hear that our park was not for you and that you feel the park is more about greed. We give a HUGE amount back to our community and staff, so it's quite sad to read your opinion on this. We have also extensively researched similar attractions to our across the country... More 

Alstonville, Australia
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9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a great day here We started off ice skating (both first timers who had no idea what we were doing) the staff were really friendly and helped us out by giving us a few tips on staying balanced and stopping We then went on the luge which was pretty good And finished up having a look through the... More 

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

Thanks for taking the time to share your positive feedback Elle, it's greatly appreciated and we're very glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit. We hope to see you again soon! More 

Sunbury, Australia
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14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It was a bit disappointing that all the attractions here are paid for separately. There are packages available so the more you buy the cheaper it gets but it's still expensive for a family. We did the mini golf which was fun and although we didn't do the water park, we stopped as a last minute decision so didn't have... More 

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

Thanks very much for the feedback Claire. We're sorry to hear that you feel it is expensive, but the prices are set at a point that makes these great attractions feasible in this regional area, and so they can be properly maintained. We hope to see you all again soon...don't forget your swimmers! More 

Queensland, Australia
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31 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped into the Big Banana to grab our token photograph. It was Christmas holidays so VERY busy!! Many of the tables were taken but we managed to grab one outside near the banana on the deck. We ordered a banana smoothie which was delicious! Friends of ours had the banana split which they loved. Overall a good stop over... More 

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

Thanks for taking the time to review our business Vanessa. We hope you have a chance to visit outside of the Christmas school holidays, when it's not quite so busy. We're glad to hear that you enjoyed it nonetheless :) More 

Albion Park, Australia
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148 reviews
67 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Big Banana is part of Australia's tourisism history and should be visited at least once. You can pay to watch a video and do a walk around the plantation, they do have a wheelchair route. You can not get a picture in front of the banana if you are in a wheelchair but you can get one from behind.... More 

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

Thanks for the review and feedback Mark, it's greatly appreciated. More 

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