The Big Banana: Coffs Harbour, Australia

The trend of having the biggest something is sweeping the continent of Australia.

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Americans don't have the market cornered on building large roadside attractions, and Australia has never been one to be outdone by any country. Built in 1964 by John Landy, the "Big Banana" started out as a way to get some attention for his roadside banana stand. The Coffs Harbour fruit monument has since grown into a full-fledged theme park, with rides, a café, a candy kitchen, a puppet show, ice rink and nursery. The recreation area named for the large banana also boasts Australia's tallest waterslide, at more than three stories high.