Key facts

Key Facts

The Australian Banana Industry 

  • Bananas are Australia’s number-one selling supermarket product (in volume), with over five million of them eaten daily. 
  • Bananas found in Australian stores are grown in Australia – predominately in Far North Queensland. 
  • Bananas are a year-round product.
  • 96 per cent of Australian households purchase bananas, with an average of 875g bought each shopping trip. 
  • In 2016/17 banana production was 414,000 tonnes, with a farm gate value of more than $600 million.

Queensland accounts for 94 per cent of Australia’s 13,000 hectares of banana production, with almost all of that in North Queensland. Production is centered around the Cassowary Coast (Tully, Innisfail and Kennedy) region, south of Cairns, on the Atherton Tablelands, and at Lakeland, north of Cairns.

  Banana Production – 2016/17
Hectares                                    Tonnes Tonnes (%)
North Queensland 11,000 389,000 94%
New South Wales 1,450 16,000 4%
WA 240 8,000 2%
Other (SEQ & NT) 100 1,000 0%
Total 12,790 414,000 100%

Approximately 95 per cent of bananas grown in Australia are the Cavendish variety. The next most popular is Lady Finger (about four per cent) and then there a range of other varieties grown for smaller markets, including Ducasse, Goldfinger, Red Dakka and plantain cooking bananas.

For more information, go to economic contribution.