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The Big Banana

351 Pacific Hwy N, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, 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%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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“water park” (184 reviews)
“laser tag” (125 reviews)
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351 Pacific Hwy N, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia
+61 2 6652 4355
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Perfect place to visit, very nice place to grab breakfast ( the big banana breakfast was delicious,it was a massive meal) Also I must say, the staff there were absolutely lovely! Happy to serve you, very bubbly, even one of the staff members asked a...More

Thank Tyler P
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Visited the Big Banana while on holidays at Coffs Harbour. This place is well worth the visit. We played putt putt golf, rode the giant indoor slide and the Toboggan and played a few games of laser tag. This filled in 4 hours of our...More

Thank MBown06
Reviewed 2 days ago

We went to play mini golf but also watched people on toboggans hurtling down chutes! Became fascinated by lollies being made by hand, joined in a cheese tasting (and bought a great knife), browsed an opal store, lunched in the large open plan eatery.

Thank Helen M
Reviewed 5 days ago

We travel to Coffs a few times a year and never fail to visit The Big Banana. This recent trip was a treat as we had relatives from the UK and, off course, it feels like it's totally new for us as it is for...More

Thank kirchberger
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

There are a lot of "big things" in Australia but this is the original and best. When passing through Coffs Harbour, this is the institution on the hill! It's worth a stop. Every time we pass through something has changed and the place is constantly...More

Thank Smod75
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to keep the kids busy from ice skating to the water slides .. plus the best lolly shop .. and great food

Thank trickivic2017
Reviewed 1 week ago

Not much to see - went to the Candy Maker and couldn't get a post card of their facility - the gift shop didn't have any either.

Thank Vicki B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I took my son here for a birthday group and the kids loved every minute of it, I can't recommend it highly enough. There are loads of different things for kids of all ages to do.

Thank Susannah M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Dropped in at the Big Banana for a photo stop and recalling a friend telling us that we had to have an ultimate Banana Smoothie. According to my Wife it was to die for - best ever she said.

1  Thank Steve M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

So we came before the school holiday.. it was very quiet but it was very good for us, specially we have 3 months old bub tagging along. My older kids absolutely love the tobbogan rides.

Thank Dina S
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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