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.Plan to visit The Big Banana Fun Park during your Coffs Harbour vacation using our convenient Coffs Harbour road trip planning app .
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), Area 351 Laser Tag Arena, Ice Skating Rink, Wild Toboggan Ride, “The World of Bananas" multimedia theatre experience, plantation and packing shed tour, Going Bananas Cafe, Gift and Souvenir shop, Candy Kitchen, in December 2014, a 36 hole Mini Golf Course!
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Lots for everyone to see and do, the train ride would have been a big bonus, how ever still lots of rides, the candy store, watching them making candy, yum, opals, cheeses, just to mention a few store... more »
Great place to stop in when road tripping from SYDNEY to Gold Coast. Plenty for the kids to do from big slide, toboggan, laser tag, water park, 4d theatre, educational banana experience, candy shop. O... more »
When you visit Coffs Harbour, it's almost mandatory to drop in to the Big Banana. It's fun for the kids, it's very kitch, and it does put a smile on your face. There is a lolly maker, a water park with slides, ice skating, some banana trees, and other things to see here, other than the main attraction. The shop has a lot of souvenirs, including postcards, sunglasses, magnets, plush toys, pens and heaps more. I found all the staff pretty good. The kids definitely would give this place 5 stars, I'm sure. There is a place to eat and drink here, and toilets and plenty of car-parking.
Great family day out with loss of activities to choose from. We chose laser tag, ice skating, the giant slide and the water park as part of build your own package. Loved the Opal Store and it's beautiful wares. Nice food although very busy and limited seating in Cafe area. We will definitely go again next time we are up visiting family.
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