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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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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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This is a must visit in Coffs and have a photo with you and the big banana and of course Max. It's a gift shop and cafe, but also the mini golf was so much fun (cool day mate and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Orange, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Great place to take kids. Not to over priced. Gets busy but the have timed sessions if not staying all day. Heaps of different things to do for all ages

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Orange, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a must visit in Coffs and have a photo with you and the big banana and of course Max. It's a gift shop and cafe, but also the mini golf was so much fun (cool day mate and I played) then to the toboggan for a ride down. Also the cheese shop has amazing cheeses and friendly service,... More 

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Buddina, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Oh the excitement of visiting the Big Banana 45 years ago when I was a little kid. It was almost as much fun to take our own kids there in more recent times. But on this our recent visit I must admit the place is looking a bit tired. Don't get me wrong, it's probably still worth a stop, if... More 

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Coffs Harbour, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Big Banana - yes - but its a whole entertainment area of its own, waterpark, indoor mega slide, Laser Tag- like being in a space ship with aliens and different rooms the kids love it ! , Ice Rink, Rock Shop(See them make the old fashioned Rock with names etc in it) and quite a comprehensive cafe as well -... More 

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Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Had great fun here with my grandchildren, very busy during the Summer season. Great value for money + the kids love it...

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Total waste of time. However there is a nice opal shop very close by. There are a few rides for kids. The Ice cream is nice . Don't bother with the frozen Banana. Unless you have children with you don't bother to visit.

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Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely place for a visit and something to eat. Lolly making, opals, mini golf, cheese making and more next to one another. Lots of parking, including for caravans. Best banana smoothie we've ever had. Not too sweet.

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Was expecting better before my trip. The place had a plantation tour, candy making shop, cheese shop, mini golf, small water theme park, souvenir store, toboggan, laser tag. Was there for 30mins only.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited Big Banana on 9/3/17 and first visit after 35 plus years and surprisingly not much has changed Additions including restaurants and and souvenir shop have improved the experience Informative and helpful with information about the process and variety of bananas

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are driving through Coffs you must stop and get a photo with the banana at least once in your life time. It is interesting and a good spot to have a break from the road trip. Kids love it.

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