The Big Banana sculpture is an iconic feature of Carnarvon. Like the big Pineapple in Queensland the Banana is a must see for tourists.
Brief History of the Big Banana
Carnarvon’s Big Banana sculpture was originally built for a service station/ video store in Northam , Western Australia in 1988. The creator of this Big Banana was a Queensland boat builder, Michael McEvoy.
In 1986, he built the first Big Banana in Mackay, Queensland, as a gimmick to attract people to his fruit and vegetable shop. The idea was so successful he moved to Northam to erect another Big Banana. The 10m high and 2m diameter banana was made out of fibreglass and a steel-reinforced frame.
Unfortunately the second Big Banana was not so successful and was later sold to the Carnarvon Tourist Bureau as a promotional icon for the Carnarvon banana plantations , one of the town’s major industries.
Where is the Banana Now?
It was at one stage standing vertically on the corner of Robinson Street and Boundary Road, Carnarvon but has now been relocated , repainted and re-positioned. It now promotes the “Carnarvon sweeter banana” in a horizontal position.