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The Big Banana
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$384.22*
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Coffs Harbour Private Surf, Sightseeing and Stay Guided Tour Family Package
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$432.25*
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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!"
Reviewed January 11, 2014

This place is just lame and expensive. Kids had fun in the water park which is just jumping castle slides with hoses on them. Waited 30 minutes for sandwiches at the cafe before getting a refund. Worst thing in Coffs I reckon.

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Reviewed January 10, 2014

We bought a big bunch of fun pass for the family and were able to enjoy all the attractions including the waterpark, toboggan, iceskating rink, theatre and Laser tag. It was lots of fun and took us the day to get through it. We also enjoyed lunch in a cafe, it was very busy and the meals were great and came out quickly for the amount of people there. Worth a visit!

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Reviewed January 10, 2014

After going there after not seeing it since being a teenager, I was very disappointed. For a well known Landmark, they don't cater for their tourists !!!. The cooking in the kitchen stops well and truly before they close, which is so disappointing considering we went there on a Sunday. Wouldn't they KNOW by now that most tourists arrive on a weekend ? I really wanted a banana fritter, after all .... It is THE Big Banana - right ? The service was very friendly though & prices were "ok".

Thank Lofo2013
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Reviewed January 7, 2014

The fact that it was very crowded probably dampened my experience. I think if you get a photo of it from the street that's enough. You don't really need to go in there, nothing special.

Thank Allison P
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Reviewed January 6, 2014

Great tourist attraction, lots for everyone ! Kids oldies and very friendly staff, food good, souvenir shop great, a nice stop all round

Thank Michael P
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