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The Big Banana

351 Pacific Hwy N, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia
+61 2 6652 4355
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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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  • Very good40%
  • Average25%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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351 Pacific Hwy N, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia
+61 2 6652 4355
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

It's a big attraction - good for young families. Mini golf was pretty good, the shop amusing for the themed stuff.

Thank Michael F
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We arrived at 4pm, juice bar unattended with a sign that said to order at the other registers. Order at other register to be told the juice bar was closed. No juice 😔 Lady in gift shop was lovely though.

Thank Debs T
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Just went ice skating at the Big Banana with friends. I had a hard time getting skates to fit my narrow feet. But the young staff were absolutely fantastic, treated me with patience and respect, and after many tries found the perfect pair of skates...More

Thank Georgie W
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Highly recommend the Big Breakfast and the Vegetarian Breakfast, delicious and filling. Great way to start our day. All fun and lots af activities to participate in.

Thank jdemp1959
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were here about 30 years ago with children, this time just the two of us, what a great place to have some real food, staying nearby, we went back three times so we could try more of the delicious banana based food. The Banana...More

Thank Dawn M
Reviewed 1 week ago

old out dated needs a revamp only thing it has a big gift shop for the tourists all over valued not worth the effort

Thank lilr0bs2
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A Big Banana. Banana themed restaurant, banana products and knick knacks. My friends and I went to Coffs harbour for a pop culture convention and we had but a few hours to spend before we headed back for a 6- hour long drive home to...More

Thank Ara A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Variety of fun activities for everyone in the family. We enjoyed the mini-golf but they have laser tag, ice skating,toboggan, water park during summer, giant slide, cafe and souvenir shop. Also cheese place , opal place and lolly place all next door.

Thank Vivianne1463
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have two teenage girls and we live in Coffs. My eldest daughter 15 loves the frozen banana sticks coated in chocolate. My other daughter loves their banana bread and shakes. They also have lots to offer and these are some of the great activities...More

Thank unhappyparent2015
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First of all this is of course a great photo opportunity - can't pass up a photo with the Big Banana. We had breakfast in the cafe (delicious pancakes, lots of syrup) then rode the Toboggan a couple of times which was fun. Bought a...More

Thank Jenny V
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21 November 2016|
Response from Michael L | Property representative |
Hi Boggli, The best way to explore pricing is via our website, or call 0266524355. We look forward to seeing you!
21 November 2016|
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Response from Eddie O | Reviewed this property |
website. big Banana no charge but theme parks fees apply