Banana Shire is situated in Central Queensland, Australia. It is 120 km west of the growing industrial City and Port of Gladstone and an easy drive to the city of Rockhampton.
The Shire derives its name from the days when cattle were valuable for hides and tallow. Stockmen used working bullocks as decoys to lead the wild cattle to pens. One renowned decoy was a huge dun coloured bullock named 'Banana'.
After Banana's death his body was taken to a nearby gully that became known as 'Banana's Gully'. When a town developed in the vicinity it took the name of the gully and when the first Council sat there in 1880 the Shire was named after the town.