Big Banana is turning 50
IT'S Coffs Harbour's biggest icon and it's preparing to reach a major milestone.
When December 22 rolls around next week, it will mark 50 years since the Big Banana was officially opened.
In 1964 local farmer John Landy wanted something to make passing traffic stop at his road side banana stall.
Half a century later and the giant yellow concrete structure is still doing exactly that.
During the holiday season it's expected approximately 150,000 visitors will stop to enjoy one or more of the many and varied activities on offer.
For all the natural beauty the Coffs Coast boasts, it is the Big Banana which is the most photographed subject matter in the region.
Now it's time for a 'BIG' celebration that has been 50 years in the making.
See Saturday's Coffs Coast Advocate for a special anniversary feature which will delve into the history of the tourist attraction which is synonymous worldwide with our city.