Banana growing began in the Coffs Harbour area in the 1890's. The steep fertile hills were ideally suited to the industry.
I came across the Hannaford Plantation shop on the steep, narrow and twisting road to Bruxner Park.
The owner told me that business is tough and he is gradually selling off his land into 5 acre house blocks and trying to retire. In 1970 Queen Elizabeth passed by his shop on her way to visit the said park.... but that is another story I will tell you about soon.