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Trip Planner: South Pacific / Australia / New South Wales / Coffs Harbour / The Big Banana Fun Park
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!
The Big Banana, "It's a Whole Bunch of Fun!"
The Big Banana Fun Park reviews
the fam and i went to the big banana fun park a month ago and then the hubby said to me “wanna go on my big banana fun park” so we went into the bathroom and had fun with a big banana and the kids...
the fam and i went to the big banana fun park a month ago and then the hubby said to me “wanna go on my big banana fun park” so we went into the bathroom and had fun with a big banana and the kids... more »
This place is great and we can't wait to be back! The race slides were alot of fun but they take some effort to get to the top 🤣 our best part was the water slides .. all the staff are super frendly.... more
This place is great and we can't wait to be back! The race slides were alot of fun but they take some effort to get to the top 🤣 our best part was the water slides .. all the staff are super frendly.... more »
Great place for family with little kids. It hasn’t change much since our last visit in 2018. Easy to walk around and if you are able to buy the unlimited pass, you will be able to try everything. The 4D theatre was amazing. The big slice was empty, it’s a shame because it was fun. The owners should consider an automatic escalator. My kids couldn’t go up to the top and carry their own mat. The mat is super heavy, I have two carry three mats all the way to the top and I was able to do it two times. I’m a fit person, but it was too much.
What a great experience for the family. All the rides were functioning well and the staff were all friendly and super helpful. My kids enjoyed every moment and as parents, it was amazing to see that even during this challenging COVID19 situation, kids having a good time with huge smiles on their faces! Highly recommend The Big Banana Fun Park!
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