Growing bananas in Queensland

Bananas are Australia's largest horticultural industry and highest selling supermarket product.

Most production is located in north Queensland regions:

  • Kennedy
  • Tully
  • Innisfail
  • Atherton Tableland
  • Mossman
  • Lakeland
  • Hopevale.

The common varieties of bananas are:

  • Cavendish
  • Lady Finger
  • other niche varieties.

Best management practices

The best management practices (BMP) cover:

  • environmental guidelines
  • on-farm biosecurity.

These voluntary national guidelines encourage continuous improvement and best practice in the banana industry. Both BMPs include a self-assessment checklist and information resources. They're available as a downloadable document or an online questionnaire.

Use the Better Bunch app to record everyday farm practices for your best management practices (BMP). The app is available free if you've completed the online version of the BMP.

Visit Better Bananas for research and case studies.

Economics and business management

Grants and funding

Access grants for on-farm improvements from the Australian Banana Growers' Council.

Maintaining fruit quality

Freshcare offer training courses to give growers and packers the tools to identify and manage food safety and quality risks.

Damage to fruit quality can happen at all points along the supply chain, caused by:

  • rough or excessive handling
  • inappropriate packing
  • packaging failure
  • poor temperature management.




Reportable pests and diseases

Industry associations