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Address: 351 Pacific Hwy, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia
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+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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Banana Sunday Fun

Water slides were fun suitable for all ages great place to take kids or family Have been on toboggans before And these are fun and laser tag is also good in a group

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Rodney W
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Guyra, Australia
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37 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Lots of things to do for the whole family. If you come to Coffs you have to visit. Loved the cheese shop and the candy shop!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

It's for everyone the young and old , sit and have something at the big banana cafe , do the banana plantation tour , very interesting , a must see if in Coffs Harbour

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Thank Dannie69
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This place was a pleasant surprise. I expected a typical staid tourist visit with coffee taking a total of 30 odd minutes. So much to do there with attractions and shops. Water park and mini-golf was great

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Thank Corey N
Guyra, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Water slides were fun suitable for all ages great place to take kids or family Have been on toboggans before And these are fun and laser tag is also good in a group

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Thank Rodney W
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I have visited many times and it is still a good spot to.visut. try a chocolate coated frozen banana.

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Thank Robyn I
Bombala, New South Wales, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

After years of coming here on holidays the kids still look forward to it. My only complaint is that you used to be able to get discounts on toboggan tickets when you bought larger quantities. It makes it far more expensive for families now which means we will only come once while we are here instead of twice.

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Thank Sandra L
Geelong, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Only stopped outside for a quick photo op. Why do these "BIG" things always look smaller in real life?

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Thank Chris B
New South Wales, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We went to break up some of our trip to up north in QLD. I had never been to the Big Banana before and we purchased tickets for the water park. We got there at 10 and missed out on the early session. The kids had a ball in the park. The queues to ride the kamize ride were very... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Great putt putt. Waterpark fun but avoid the slow slides. For the price hard to argue. Luge was fun too. $5 for two on one slide. Not fancy, just fun.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Compared to most fruits in the world, this fruit was definitely above the 99th percentile for fruit size.

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