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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Called in for a look about and some lunch. Looked at the meals coming out of the kitchen (basic) and looked at the menu pricing and left.
Called in for a look about and some lunch. Looked at the meals coming out of the kitchen (basic) and looked at the menu pricing and left. more »
We were really excited to explore all of the new attractions at the Big Banana. Having visited multiple times in the past, the new additions looked great on the website and brochures...
We were really excited to explore all of the new attractions at the Big Banana. Having visited multiple times in the past, the new additions looked great on the website and brochures... more »
Awesome park with all activities for all age groups as well a wide range of activities. Its an all in one park. Especially like how they keep sessions for every activity and also give you the flexibility to choose the activities that you wish to do rather than paying for all the activities even if you don't intend to. Village Roadshow Theme Parks should learn from Big Banana on how to ensure that those who buy tickets get its worth and not just blindly accept everyone to earn more and in the process ruining the experience for most.
We always enjoy a stop at the big banana when we drive through. It has great food, staff are friendly & a lot to do. Is quite pricey for a family of 5 we find. As a treat definitely we will keep our annual stops
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