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“Good place to stop at on the way through”
Review of The Big Banana

The Big Banana
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Coffs Harbour Private Surf, Sightseeing and Stay Guided Tour Family Package
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$437.80*
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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 17, 2014

We stopped off as we where passing by. Had to take a picture and have a banana split :) yum. Was good as had free parking and didn't charge to get in. Also watched rock being made at the sweet shop.

Thank Candbinoz
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Reviewed January 16, 2014

Been years ago since I went last so excited to take the kids. It was crazy hot the morning we went but we had the customary pic in front of the banana and enjoyed a chocolate coated banana and a browse throughout gift shop before heading off... Next time would like to see the rest of the attractions but we were running out of time to do so.

Thank AmbeRuby
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Reviewed January 14, 2014

we heard so much about this place that we thought we should stop we were dismayed when we stopped it was just a big plastic banana with a souvenir shop.

Thank Pratibha N
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Reviewed January 11, 2014

have been coming to Coffs for decades before 1980s as a kid. The big banana was there, but not as good as now. What a great place.

Thank Paul S
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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.

Thank JJ1369
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