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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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The story behind this must see attraction is what love and determination is all about. It is the stuff love stories and movies are made from (and there definitely should be a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2015
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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

The story behind this must see attraction is what love and determination is all about. It is the stuff love stories and movies are made from (and there definitely should be a book written telling the whole story). Suzi the tour guide was fantastic and gave you a sense of being there back in that time and imagining what the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Met at the door by the owner ... Given loads of information about the park... Pay for your tickets which then includes both admission to the park, day time tour, night time tour and, if you choose to stay, one night's accommodation powered or unpowered site. There are also cabins available (?cost). The staff are just terrific and nothing was... More 

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Bingil Bay, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

An awesome and interesting place to visit. I sent my nephew from the UK there who was on a limited budget and was shocked by the $43 entry fee. I know you get a free pass for 2 years but this is no good for visitors who will not be back in that timeframe. Will recommend to visitors but make... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Paronella Park is a beautiful place. We spent hours here. A guided tour is included in the admission. Jack was our guide today, and he couldn't have been better. The story of Jose Paronella is one of inspiration. I will return again soon, and am looking forward to the ballroom being re created.

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Drysdale, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

We thoroughly enjoyed our guided tour. Our guide Peta was well versed in the history and made the story of the Paronella Park come to life. This made it easy to transport ourselves back in time and imagine what happened in each area. The history has been well researched and preserved. My wife was struggling after her knee operation and... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Epic thing to do while you're in Cairns. Feels like you've gone back in time. You can go through the park on a tour which I recommend but then make sure you spend some time alone enjoying the turtles, the waterfall and the castle itself.

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Ballina, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Great day spent looking through the park. Rainforest areas were lovely and the waterfall was amazing. Very detailed and interesting advice regards the history of the Castle.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

If I were to have stumble across these ruins in the rainforest with out knowledge of the story, I would have been awestruck, transported to a time of romance and intrigue, captivated by its charm and beauty. To hear Jose Paronella's Story, about his dream, passion, tenacity, drive, and determination, is to be inspired. To see every wall, every planter... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Paronella park. Amazing what one person could build. Cafe is wonderful and the tour interesting. Waterfall and gardens beautiful. Would be nice to stay in the caravan park and do the night tour one day.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Not much to say but wow amazing place a #1 MUST see & what great value for money includes over night camping & sightseeing The staff are great & so is the food.

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