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Review of The Big Banana

The Big Banana
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$1,108.26*
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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, Australia
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85 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Gotta love it, a must see icon”
Reviewed February 21, 2013

How can you not stop here!

I think the first time I visited the Big Banana was nearly 40years ago and its still great. The shop has a good range of stuff, some of it rightly iconic instead of the usual generic rubbish, at mostly reasonable prices and as you'd expect the banana smoothies are the best.

Visited January 2013
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Michael L, General Manager at The Big Banana, responded to this review, February 24, 2013
Thanks so much for your review Craig, we are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit!
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Byron Bay, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“A must for the littlies”
Reviewed February 19, 2013

Went there as a kid and was a delight to take my grandson - he was soooo excited. And the shop is a delight - he got a toy snake for $3 which he treasures - unlike other touristy places that are a ripoff - cafe had great food at excellent prices.

Visited February 2013
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Michael L, General Manager at The Big Banana, responded to this review, February 20, 2013
Thanks so much for your kind words. We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit!

We hope you see you again soon :)
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Kogarah, New South Wales, Australia
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43 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Best Banana Sundae ever”
Reviewed February 17, 2013

This place has a large gift shop with helpful staff. It also has a great cafe, with the best Banana Sundae's that I have ever tasted. This attraction also has a for hot days, with wet and wild type activities. Large slippery slides to keep the kids amused, but a bit expensive to go in. Great Photo opportunity.

Visited January 2013
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Michael L, General Manager at The Big Banana, responded to this review, February 20, 2013
Thanks so much for the review, I too love the Banana Sundae!

We hope you see you again soon :)
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Best Banana Sundae ever”
Reviewed February 17, 2013

This place has a large gift shop with helpful staff. It also has a great cafe, with the best Banana Sundae's that I have ever tasted. This attraction also has a for hot days, with wet and wild type activities. Large slippery slides to keep the kids amused, but a bit expensive to go in. Great Photo opportunity.

Visited January 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Boring”
Reviewed February 11, 2013

Not much going on there and the place isn't in the best condition. Not worth the time stopping there

Visited January 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.

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 drop in for another look next time you're passing by :)
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