History of the Big Banana

For those who have wondered where Australia’s obsession with ‘big things’ first came from – you can thank the Big Banana. Built in 1964, this iconic yellow tourist magnet started the trend foroversized objects – giving way to big apples, avocados, rams, beer cans, guitars and much more.

The genesis for the Big Banana came over 50 years ago when John Landi was looking for a means to stop passing traffic at his roadside banana stall. He certainly accomplished this mission, borrowing inspiration from the Big Pineapple in Hawaii and introducing the world’s largest banana.

Bananas have been grown in the Coffs Harbour region since the 1880s, but the industry peaked in 1960. Today, the town relies upon tourism as its main source of income. Thanks to the local oversized fruit, this hasn’t been a problem.

From roadside banana stand to banana-themed amusement park

The Big Banana has evolved greatly over the decades, including the addition of a shop, café and educational ‘banana’ experience and tour of the local plantations. Then, in 1989, a $30 million redevelopment saw rise to the Big Banana Fun Park. Choose from attractions such as the ice skating rink, laser tag arena, 36-hole mini golf course, wild toboggan ride, or the latest addition – the major water park.

If you’re looking for a more educational experience, you can enjoy The World of Bananas multimedia theatre experience or the plantation and packing shed tour. Then of course there’s the delicious café and candy kitchen for those looking to stock up on tasty treats.

Activities the whole family can go bananas for

If you’re thinking of embarking on a family road trip up the east coast and need a pit stop along the way, or if you’re planning for a longer stay, the amusement park will be sure to offer hours of entertainment. Admission is free and charges only apply for individual attractions.