Coffs’ biggest tourist icon to re-open as restrictions ease
AS Covid-19 restrictions ease in NSW, Coffs Harbour's iconic tourist destination The Big Banana is set to officially re-open its doors.
The theme park, which has been closed since March in line with Government requirements, will open ahead of the winter schools holidays on July 1.
Big Banana General Manager Michael Lockman said some of the tenanted shopfronts including the cafe and gift shop had reopened a few weeks ago, and the reopening of the rides and attractions marks the final stage of the park's gradual return to business.
"We have utilised the closure of park to undertake some maintenance and enhancement activities including gardening, landscaping, painting and refurbishing," Mr Lockman said.
The Ice Rink will however remain closed as it undergoes a major refurbishment of the ice surface, and the Water Park will remain closed as usual in winter.
The park will operate in accordance with social distancing requirements.
"We have developed a Covid-Safe Plan that ensures the safety of our staff and guests," Mr Lockman said.
"We urge our guests to follow signage and any direction given by staff. It is important they always maintain social distancing and of course if you are unwell, please stay at home and visit us another day."
The Big Banana has been one of Coffs Harbour's biggest tourism drawcards since it was first opened by Californian expat and banana grower John Landi in 1964.
In a bid to draw attention to his roadside banana stall, Mr Landi brought the Big Banana to life with the help of local engineer Alan Chapman and builder Alan Harvey.
Gradually expanding over time, The Big Banana is now the biggest theme park between Sydney and the Gold Coast.
The reopening of the Big Banana comes at the same time flights between Coffs Harbour and Sydney are being increased.
Qantas has announced its six return flights a week will be doubled to 12 in July.
Fly Corporate continues to operate two return flights a week between Coffs and Brisbane.