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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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US$1,159.56*
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Coffs Harbour Private Surf, Sights and Stay Guided Tour Package
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US$1,207.88*
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Coffs Harbour Private Surf, Sightseeing and Stay Guided Tour Family Package
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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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“water park” (182 reviews)
“laser tag” (119 reviews)
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351 Pacific Hwy N, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia
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Reviewed yesterday

A tourist must do! Photos out the front of are a vital element when visiting Coffs. Kids loved visiting lolly shop as well.

Thank Leah L
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We stay in Coffs regularly and have breakfast at least twice on every stay. The food here is reasonably priced and we have always been extremely happy with our choices! My favourite by far is the Turkish BLT with a caramel milkshake. Kids love the...More

Thank benbencor
Reviewed 6 days ago

Always a great spot to stop to view a lovely banana plantation. Good food and friendly service. Interesting place to take family and friends.

Thank Normandjudy
Reviewed 1 week ago

Took the grandkids to the Big Banana. Fun. Played laser tag, I didn't do too well, they had a ball. Toboganing. Ice skating. Big slide. And then came lunch. Well, I've never seen 2 kids have so much fun. They ordered cheese burgers from the...More

Thank Pete B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Stayed in Coffs for a couple of days and of course you make a trip to the Big Banana when you have your 6 year old grandson with you! He loved it - was excited to get his photo taken and he was excited about...More

Thank Cathy G
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great family option for half a day. Start early and pick a day with good sunshine. Lunch options are nice. Frozen banana is very good

Thank hverma1
Reviewed 1 week ago

You can't visit Coffs Harbour without visiting one of the most iconic sites along the East Coast of Australia - the Big Banana. And then you have to pose for a photo in front of the Banana. Apart from that, the visit is informative, well...More

Thank PeterPilt
Reviewed 1 week ago

Lots of activities for kids, and a good gift shop. Woman in gift shop was extremely helpful with directions to other attractions in Coffs Harbour, as Info Centre had closed, and provided me with map. Information on Banana Plantation and bananas was easy to understand.

Thank Arius50
Reviewed 1 week ago

Had so much family fun we didn't realise how long we stayed. Great mini golf courses, giant slide, toboggan ride, laser tag and those desserts. Yummy!

Thank Club69er
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Hadn't been since our kids were small, some 25 years ago. Unfortunately we had lunch and it was extremely ordinary, apart from the banana smoothie. Tables were dirty and food scraps on the floor which staff ignored. Most probably kids would enjoy the rides etc,...More

Thank dlftraveller
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Boggli
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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!
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Response from Eddie O | Reviewed this property |
website. big Banana no charge but theme parks fees apply
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