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The Big Banana

351 Pacific Hwy N, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales 2450, 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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  • Average25%
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“ice skating” (181 reviews)
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351 Pacific Hwy N, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales 2450, Australia
+61 2 6652 4355
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Took my kids for an afternoon treat. We all had banana splits-yummo!!! Sat on the verandah and ate every last bit of it. The kids loved it. The girls at the counter were just lovely too.

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Had a great time at the Big Banana, had some lunch and wandered around after taking photos. Even in the rain this place is great, just mind your step as it can get slippery.

Thank Jessica C
Reviewed 6 days ago

Took our young family but due to very heavy rain on arrival could only really make use of cafe and amusement arcade. Cost us a fortune for very little entertainment. Will just stick to beach activities if coming to Coffs in future.

Thank barrsalona
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

It's a famous place as taking a picture in Coffs Harbour. They sell souvenirs in a shop and also sell banana at cafe. There are some shop there so you could enjoy there.

Thank JessicaTommy2017
Reviewed 1 week ago

We took ourselves and 6 kids for a great morning's entertainment. It cost $175 for the kids to have 4 turns down the big slide and for us all to spend 1.5 hours in the waterpark (the youngest limited to the small kids' area). The...More

Thank Paul W
Reviewed 1 week ago

Go here a lot love the new additions over the years but the water park is my favourite! Keep the good work up big banana!

Thank trosetravels
Reviewed 1 week ago

Stop and get a photo by all means, but if you want to get a half decent meal without breaking the bank - stop in town for it. Tourist trap for sure !!!

Thank GlanandJo
Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived early before any of the rides opened so we headed to the candy store to watch how they make the candy. It was fantastic. The candy making experts really knew their stuff and they interacted with everyone really well while working hard with...More

Thank NTTraveller1975
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You just have to stop, even if it's a quick one but there is a lot more to this place than just the tourist side of it now. With ice skating & small water park it is good for the family. Couple of specialty shops...More

Thank Jan L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We called in here for morning coffee and were amazed by the size of the cafeteria. Obviously it caters for large groups. Had the photo beneath the banana plus walked through the middle of it. Apart from the available tours of the banana plantation, this...More

Thank Liz D
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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