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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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Still love it after years

After years of coming here on holidays the kids still look forward to it. My only complaint is that you used to be able to get discounts on toboggan tickets when you bought larger... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Bombala, New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I have visited many times and it is still a good spot to.visut. try a chocolate coated frozen banana.

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Bombala, New South Wales, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

After years of coming here on holidays the kids still look forward to it. My only complaint is that you used to be able to get discounts on toboggan tickets when you bought larger quantities. It makes it far more expensive for families now which means we will only come once while we are here instead of twice.

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Thank Sandra L
Geelong, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Only stopped outside for a quick photo op. Why do these "BIG" things always look smaller in real life?

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Thank Chris B
New South Wales, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We went to break up some of our trip to up north in QLD. I had never been to the Big Banana before and we purchased tickets for the water park. We got there at 10 and missed out on the early session. The kids had a ball in the park. The queues to ride the kamize ride were very... More 

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

Great putt putt. Waterpark fun but avoid the slow slides. For the price hard to argue. Luge was fun too. $5 for two on one slide. Not fancy, just fun.

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Thank Gwelodude
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Compared to most fruits in the world, this fruit was definitely above the 99th percentile for fruit size.

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Thank Thomas V
Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Was waiting in the food court for some tucker and saw a waiter slip on the wet floor and pour a bannana smoothie all over a kid in a high chair. Parents were horrified but kid didnt seem fazed. The staff responded perfectly and without fuss. Great place to buy bannana stuff in the gift shop.

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Thank Bluebank15
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago 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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Thank Rebecca G
Coffs Harbour, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago 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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