The Big Banana has put govt. funding to good use ahead of the school holidays.
The Big Banana has put govt. funding to good use ahead of the school holidays.

Fresh changes for our attractions

NINE new tourism experiences are set to open across the Mid North Coast in coming months on the back of the Regional Tourism Product Development Program.

The NSW State Government injected $250,000 across the Mid North with Stream One, 2011/12 Regional Tourism Product Development grants of $10,000 to $50,000 in January.

Each of the projects are now nearing completion in line with the State Government's aim to improve tourism experiences in regional NSW.

The Big Banana in Coffs Harbour completes its New Food Gateway project this Friday.

The Food Gateway project encompasses the inception of a Regional Food Store, offering visitors the ability to sample and buy the best produce and creations of the region.

It will offer an array of fresh produce, artisan goods and local delicacies.

An interpretive Banana Tasting Tour has also been introduced where visitors have an opportunity to walk through a working banana plantation.

"The projects across our region will deliver a diversity of new product and experiences", said Mid North Coast Regional Tourism Executive Officer Belinda Novicky.

"Through this program the State Government has delivered on its promise to boost funding to regional tourism and we are excited by the diverse outcomes which should attract more visitors to our region.

Other projects merging from the Steam One funding are:

  • Y-Knot Charters (Jamala Cruises), Port Stephens developing new on-water dining experiences
  • Billabong Koala and Wildlife Park, Port Macquarie's new Estuarine Crocodile Exhibit
  • Tilligerry Peninsula Marina Park upgrades
  • A Spirits of the Land project at Sea Acres Rainforest Centre in Port Macquarie
  • Bicycle Hire and ipod audio tours by the Observatory in Port Macquarie
  • An upgrade of the Tabatinga Family Fun Centre in Coffs Harbour
  • Further improvements to the Honeycomb Vallley Farm in the Great Lakes and,
  • Development of a Mad Hatters Tea Garden in Bowraville


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