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“Not like I remember”
Review of The Big Banana

The Big Banana
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Coffs Harbour Private Surf, Sights and Stay Guided Tour Package
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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!"
Gold Coast
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Not like I remember”
Reviewed February 9, 2013

Great photo op, however it just doesn't have the charm that it did when I was 4. The choc coated bananas are worth the stop though.

Visited February 2013
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Michael L, General Manager at The Big Banana, responded to this review, February 20, 2013
I am sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy your visit as much as last visit, but I'm glad you still enjoyed the choc coated banana.

We have a few new attractions coming soon hopefully to compliment the existing Toboggan ride, Ice Skating rink, Candy Making Kitchen and Water Slide park.

I hope you can drop in for another look in the future :)
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Sydney, Australia
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“Not much”
Reviewed February 5, 2013

Not good service at the cafe located on site, staff were more interested in talking to each other and doing nonsense things instead of serving customers, water slides and mountain slide fun for kids with friendly staff.

Visited January 2013
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Brisbane
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“Kitsch lamarama but what do you expect from a big attraction”
Reviewed February 4, 2013

This is a must see if your in or around Coffs but it doesn't require a lot of time or thought. ould do with a little TLC, Take it for what it is its a big banana, the range of gifts are quite extensive, if your looking for a lame souvenir this is your station

Visited March 2012
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 4, 2013

When to the big banana with my wife and my inlaws it was ok but overated the staff in the gift shop where polite

Visited December 2012
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Sydney, Australia
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“Lookin a little rundown”
Reviewed February 2, 2013

We went to stand in front of the big banana to have our photo taken, i was allittle shocked to find the guard rail going down the stairs to be broken and hanging , if a senior were to grip the rail for support I shudder to think of the injuries they would sustain.
There is a lot of overgrown shrubbery on the way up the stairs to get to the look out, gives the place an abandoned unloved feel.
The chocolate coated banana was the best part of the day
Kids waited over half an hour in the sun lining up for the toboggan ride , which only lasted 2-3 minutes. There should be a sign for people to slow down as they come around the last bend before the bridge on the toboggan ride, we witnessed a young girl go straight into the back of the guy in front of her as he had stopped and she didn't realize and slammed straight into him. She walked away limping.

Visited December 2012
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