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Address: 1671 Innisfail Japoon Road | Japoonvale Road, Mena Creek, Queensland 4871, Australia
Phone Number: 61 7 4065 0000
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Description: Everyone has a dream. José Paronella’s dream became a reality. On 5...
Everyone has a dream. José Paronella’s dream became a reality. On 5 Hectares beside Mena Creek Falls he built his castle, picnic area by the falls, tennis courts, bridges, a tunnel, and wrapped it up in an amazing range of 7,500 tropical plants and trees. He even harnessed the waterfall for his electricity. It opened to the public in 1935.Today, visitors to the park marvel at the achievements of one man. Admission to Paronella Park is valid for 12 months and covers all of the tours (a 45 minute guided walk that explains this extraordinary story & takes you through the highlights as well as the stunning Darkness Falls Tour where the castles and waterfall are flood-lit to allow for amazing photo opportunities). Admission also includes the souvenir guide book, fish food, umbrellas, access to the online photo gallery as well as a site for one night in the adjacent van park.
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We visited the park after listening to ABC radio presenter Richard Fidler's interview with the owner of Paronella Park (Mark Evans). We were very fortunate to have Mark as our... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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Tumbulgum, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

We visited the park after listening to ABC radio presenter Richard Fidler's interview with the owner of Paronella Park (Mark Evans). We were very fortunate to have Mark as our informative night guide on a Saturday night. His passion and story telling skills made the experience even more special. Paronella Park has suffered many natural disasters over the years but... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW via mobile

We are thankful to have a chance to know about this place and been there to 'witness' the great passion and work of Jose Paronella's dream. Thank you Mark and Judy for your great love and passion in restoring and protecting this beautiful park. Wish to come back with our daughter (now nearly 3 yo) and hopefully our grandkid(s) too... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

Jose Paronella was ahead of his time. This was my first trip to Paronella but my wifes second visit. It is amazing what one man can achieve when there is motivation to replicate what has been seen in other parts of the world, and how to recycle materials from the region. I enjoyed my visit, and with the unlimited 2... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

We stayed in the Park and we did the day tour as well as the night tour, definitely recommend both. You buy your tickets and stay for free in the Park. A wonderful experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

What a wonderful experience. We were met at the entrance by a lovely lady called Joe, she was so helpful and kind. We had a great morning on the tour and took some beautiful photos. Well done it's a shame it was ravaged by fire and hit by three cyclones.

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Laurieton, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

Truly amazing. Must do. Staff really professional and friendly. Good value particularly with free camp site overnight.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

This was my second visit to Paronella Park and I was amazed at how expensive it now is at $43 per adult! They say you can come back anytime in the next 12 months but as a tourist they know you probably won't come back and so it's just outrageous. I understand that it's now privately owned and they are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Today I visited Paronella Park with my dad and two kids (4 and 6 years old). The admission fee looked a little steep ($44 for adults and $22 for kids) so I hesitated at the door. The staff at the entrance offered free admission for the two kids so I figured it was a good deal. What a ball we... More 

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Havelock North, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Paronella Park is the product of one man's dream. Gardens, tea house, and castle layed out beside a waterfall and river. It was raining when we arrived, but we were greeted in the carpark by a smiling lady, with umbrellas! Paronella Park is well worth the deviation off the Bruce highway

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Greater Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

I joined friends on a visit to Paronella Park in June 2015. Three out of four of us are keen photographers and it was recommended to us by a mutual friends. We went expecting to spend a couple of hours and ended up spending all day. If you are a photographer you will enjoy the rainforest walks, the waterfall, the... More 

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Address: Address: 1671 Innisfail Japoon Road | Japoonvale Road, Mena Creek, Queensland 4871, Australia
Phone Number: 61 7 4065 0000
Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Queensland  >  Mena Creek
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:30 am - 9:00 pm
Monday 8:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 8:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 8:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 8:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 8:30 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday 8:30 am - 9:00 pm

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