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Address: 351 Pacific Hwy, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia
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+61 2 6652 4355
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
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In 1964 John Landi wanted something to make passing traffic stop at his...

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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Get the banana fritter!

This place is fun, casual, good for families. I loved my banana fritter with banana ice cream mmm I want more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Hannah B
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Canterbury, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The advertising literature did not reflect reality. If you are visiting with small children things at the water park may not be suitable. We did not bother in the end. Seemed very expensive too for a limited time session

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Thank Ruth P
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

When we visited The Big Banana we chose to go ice-skating which was heaps of fun and tobogganing. The toboggan was not quite as exciting as it looked and my son and I both got stuck at the top...not a huge issue but you wouldn't want a large person coming up behind you and crashing into you...!

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

this holiday outlet is overpriced for what you get but at the same time some of the attractions offered were worth the entrance fee.

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Thank W5231BZmaxr
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This place is fun, casual, good for families. I loved my banana fritter with banana ice cream mmm I want more

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Thank Hannah B
Brisbane Region, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Ice skating with the clan. Half price coupons from the local paper meant it was only$32 for a family of 5. Quality activity and well run

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Thank Tellithowitis101
Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Parking area is dangerous. No screen over the mini golf so you fry in the summer time. The BIG banana is the little banana. A poorly designed "please pass, do not stop" so-called tourist development with an abysmal food and tourist offering. The Council ought to be ashamed of itself.

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Thank Janne L
Coffs Harbour, Australia
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We have visited the Big Banana many times. The Taboggan rides, Ice Skating, Laser Tag are all fun for adults and children. The cafe is great... I recommend the wedges. And the Cheese making workshop and candy store is a must. We recently visited the water slides for the first time and it was so much fun. Since it wasn't... More 

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Thank Jacinta K
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Stopped for breakfast with friends and family Big Banana has improved a lot but has gone very overpriced as a result. Nice staff and clean cafe

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Thank Welovekalkan
The Entrance, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My son loved looking at the banana and having his photo taken, but that was about it. Too expensive for what is actually there (who pays up to $40 for a family to see a documentary about bananas??). Cheese factory has a great selection though.

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Thank Adam C
Shellharbour, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Awesome place to take your family! I took my boyfriend, who had never been before! Always a fun day at the big banana, lots of things to do! I highly recommend the cheese shop there! Delicious selection of cheeses!

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