Key Facts


  • Bananas are Australia’s number-one selling supermarket product, outselling not only every other fruit and vegetable but every other supermarket line
  • More than five million bananas are eaten every day in Australia. Current annual banana production is 372,000 tonnes – that’s 28.6 million 13kg cartons
  • All fresh bananas available in Australia are grown in Australia – there are no fresh banana imports because of the disease threat they pose to local production. Some processed banana products are imported
  • Most bananas grown in Australia are the Cavendish variety. Some of the other varieties grown are Lady Finger, Ducasse, sugar bananas, Goldfinger, Red Dakkas and cooking bananas (plantains)
  • About 95% of Australia’s banana production is in North Queensland in the Tully, Innisfail and Kennedy regions south of Cairns, on the Atherton Tablelands to the west of Cairns, north of Cairns near Mossman and further north at Lakeland Downs and Hopevale near Cooktown. Other production areas are in South East Queensland, northern New South Wales, Western Australia and the Northern Territory
  • The annual farm gate value of banana production in Australia as at 2016 is about AU$600 million
  • The total area of land producing bananas  in Australia is about 13,000 hectares
  •  Bananas is Australia’s single biggest horticulture industry and the largest horticulture industry in Queensland
  • Bananas are a healthy and nutritious food containing potassium, vitamin C, vitamin B6, folate, niacin and riboflavin. They have a low GI rating and give a sustained energy boost.
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