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Address: 351 Pacific Hwy, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia
Phone Number: +61 2 6652 4355
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00

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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A big Banana surpringly interesting

Easy to visit as it is directly off the Pacific Highway. An excellent shop and a number of themed activities including a water park.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Stewart F
Bishopton, United Kingdom
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Bishopton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Easy to visit as it is directly off the Pacific Highway. An excellent shop and a number of themed activities including a water park.

Thank Stewart F
Goulburn, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Good Food and interesting attractions for kids as well as adults. Healthy range of Souveniers Has improved over recent years.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

It's something different and you have to just go along with it! If you have kids it's a brilliant family day out. If your solo or just with friends it's good fun too... you'll be a big kid for a couple of hours. They sell activity packages which can include ice skating, water park, mini golf, theatre show about banana... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Unfortunately only had time to visit the gift shop and cafe. The variety and quality of the food was excellent. The staff were very friendly and accomodating. Would defiantley recommend visiting

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

we picked this place from many destinations..searching a place which has both seas and mountains..perfect place for those who are looking for such cominations

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Would like to have seen more information and signage as you go into the car park which is actually located at the back of the facility which houses other attractions.

Thank Joan W
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

They take 3$ per kg when they sell it all over in 2$ so what's the point??? U have there great visitor center with lot of info.

Thank Daniel C
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Weary after a couple of hours contending with road works, we pulled in to the Big Banana, much to the kids delight. Lunch was amazing. Best greek salad I've had anywhere for a long time! The kids smoothies and shakes were large and scrumptious, and well priced. My coffee to go was nice. We would definitely go again for a... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Thought it was much bigger! Seemed that it was when Iwas a kid! Apparently its not the same banana from years back. Still something for the little kids and the cafe meal was good. Recomend the Thai chicken salad. Large serving. There are other activities like a small waterpark, toboggan, laser tag which we can't comment on. Saw some boiled... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

30 years since the last visit and it has grown. Now theme parks, souvenir shop, cheesemaking and opals. The cafe is huge and has a large menu. Better than most road stops.

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