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The Big Banana

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by kirsten baz (subscribe)
I am a weekend adventurer and enjoy getting out and about with the family. I live in Brisbane and my main loves are food, sport and kid related activities
Published October 4th 2012
Iconic Australian tourist attraction with lots to offer
On a recent visit to Coff's Harbour, I was pleasantly surprised to find out there was more to The Big Banana than-well- bananas.

You can easily spend a few hours there as we did or make a day of it if you want to try everything on offer. Entry to the attraction itself is free. If you just want to do the skywalk and visit the cafe, gift shop, candy kitchen or puppet shop then this is for you. The skywalk involved lots of stair climbing through the plantation. The views of the ocean and surrounds from the top were spectacular.

There are a range of passes to purchase depending on which rides and attractions you want. We got the blockbuster pass which included 4 toboggan rides and the theatre show and plantation tour for 4 of us. This costs $16 per adult and $14 for children 2-13 years. On the advice of the staff member we first headed for the toboggan ride as he said the queues are longer later in the day and the ride gets hot as the day progresses.

The ride was fantastic in that a child and adult could fit on the toboggan and you controlled your own speed. Watching people come down the last hill it was clear that you could go fast enough to thrill a teenager - not an easy feat. My 5 year old really enjoyed the ride. I found it fun once I got used to using the brake and negotiating corners.

The theatre show was entertaining as it gave the history of banana growing in Coffs Harbour using holographic images and projections. You also get to sample the beautiful sweet bananas grown on site. The plantation tour which included the packing shed was self guided so was really just a walk from the theatre to the packing shed through the plantation. There were some interesting items at the end in the packing shed.

We had a snack from the cafe which boasts many banana related foods such as smoothies, banana splits and even a burger with banana. I wish now I had tried the frozen chocolate covered bananas on a stick. The gift shop had an impressive array of things many of which were banana related.

There were so many other attractions we didn't do this time including ice skating, the water park and the candy kitchen. Next time you are in the Coffs Harbour area, the Big Banana is an icon worth visiting.
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Why? Family fun at one of Australia's iconic tourist attractions
When: Open daily except Christmas Day
Phone: 02 6652 4355
Where: 351 Pacific Hwy Coffs Harbour NSW
Cost: Free entry - activities vary
Your Comment
The Big Banana in my opinion is not an iconic attraction, it is tired, run down and could be so much better. The food is substandard and cheap and not fresh/local, the gift shop is full of overseas made souvenirs that are tacky and expensive and most of the attractions are in need of serious repair and some dangerous. I would not waste my time unless some serious money is spent on it to boost its image otherwise it will no longer remain relevant.
by mf (score: 0|2) 3030 days ago
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