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Address: 351 Pacific Hwy N, 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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Family Fun Day

Whilst on our Christmas holiday's we spent a lovely half day at the WaterPark, Toboggan and then browsing the stores at The Big Banana. It was an enjoyable time for all.

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London, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

It was a big Banana. It is what we expected and it is what we got. What more is there to say? At least it isn't subtle about being a tourist trap.

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Gosford
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Whilst on our Christmas holiday's we spent a lovely half day at the WaterPark, Toboggan and then browsing the stores at The Big Banana. It was an enjoyable time for all.

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Coffs Harbour, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I live in Coffs and used to take my kids there years ago. Today, took 3 grand-daughters(ages 11,14,16). They loved it--espec the waters slides. Staff do a very good job--enforcing safety issues etc. Plenty of different water activities-- and when their 90 min session was up ,they were very tired and will sleep well tonight !!! That was excellent value.... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

On my first day in Coffs Harbour I figure, I gotta see the big bannana because it's an iconic landmark I was also told that the tourist information centre was there. Unbeknownst to me however was that it was outside of the city centre and that I would have to catch a bus to the Plaza and walk 25 minutes... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We did enjoy our afternoon at the big banana. We did putt putt, taboggans and water slides. To do these 3 activities cost over $150 for 5. With the taboggan ride, they need to leave a bigger gap between riders as it's not fun coming down at walking pace. We only booked for 2 rides and both times we got... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The owners and operators go to terrific lengths to make this place relevant and just good fun to go to. The banana may be out the front however the real action is out the back .

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

Everyone knows Coffs Harbour for its Big Banana, it's been around for decades. Gradually added to and added to over time, it now has a great range of activities and offerings. My kids like the downhill sled ride, pool, snow boarding sometimes seems to be open other times not. We did the tri-motorbike ride and that was expensive and very... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Big Banana Water Park is a fun attraction for tourists in Coffs Harbour. The staff are really friendly and helpful and have safety as their first priority. They tell you exactly when to go down the slide and how you need to do it. There is also an area for little kids to play and slide (under 120 cm)... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Expected to pay a one off entry fee that enabled our family of four to go on the water slide, toboggan etc. Unfortunately this is not the case. One fee to use the water slides which were average and then additional fees to go on the toboggan per ride. Not cheap and just another money making attraction and not one... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This is an aquatic park with several waterslides and a toboggan track. We paid $20 each for a couple of hours stay which they track with coloured tags that you wear. The teens were not very impressed because of the very long queues which limited their usage of the slides. There does not appear to be any regulation of the... More 

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