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Paronella Park

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Address: 1671 Japoonvale Rd (Old Bruce Highway), Mena Creek, Queensland 4871, Australia
Phone Number: 61 7 4065 0000
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8:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 9:00 pm

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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Great place to visit - history & grounds

The owner Mark comes out to greet you in the car park and asks where you have come from - nice touch I thought - I was with a local friend and when to took us to the pay desk was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Chudleigh, United Kingdom
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Chudleigh, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The owner Mark comes out to greet you in the car park and asks where you have come from - nice touch I thought - I was with a local friend and when to took us to the pay desk was very kind as she was a local to let her in for free. Very knowledgeable young lady on the... More 

Thank ExeterUKMagoo
Cergy, France
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I really appreciate that the owner was at the entrance, welcoming people. He, and all the staff were really friendly. The story of Paronella Park is wonderful and the park is very beautiful. It costs a bit of money but it is definetly worth it. And I think it is really important to contribute to preserve this place full of... More 

Thank chahira_moussa
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40 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We had high hopes for this attraction, and mostly it was really good. Everyone starts with a tour with a guide then you are free to wander around the gardens. We were especially excited that we had also booked in for the night tour but were a little bit let down. Although the gardens are quite beautiful the tour guide... More 

Thank Bryan B
Bunbury, Australia
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11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This place is full of Australian history and interesting facts. An absolute must see for living Australian history and appreciation of what sheer determination and hard work will create.

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Trinity Beach, Australia
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Mandy was our tour guide for our visit, she was very friendly and knowledgeable. Whilst tours are your choice, it is well worth it to gain a huge understanding of how the park came to be, who Jose Paronella was, his visions and what happened when he and his wife passed. The current owners/caretakers took over after many years of... More 

Thank Phillipajc
Melbourne, Australia
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We drove to Paronella Park, arriving mid afternoon, and did both the afternoon and night tours. Both tour guides were passionate about the park and clearly enjoyed sharing the story of Jos'e Paronella, who originally built the park. The park features some beautiful surroundings, a highlight for us was discovering the turtle breeding grounds and feeding them with the food... More 

Thank mandawinky
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27 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent an interesting afternoon here. The history of how the park came into being makes a very interesting story - how a Spanish settler bought the land and realized his dream to build a castle. The castle is in ruins but the current owners plan to rebuild at least part of it. The waterfall is spectacular and you can... More 

Thank Wendy H
Brisbane, Australia
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Best part of our trip through Cairns. Our tour guide had a wealth of knowledge about the area and about the Paronella family. Loved being able to wander through the grounds after the tour and take some magical photos. This is worth the expense!

Thank KAOB01
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is amazing! A must do! It has a wonderful history and family story. The gentleman who made it was just fabulous! It defiantly makes you want to go back in time and see it in its hay day! There are the most beautiful tropical plants, waterfalls, and the castle is magical. I just loved loved this place. There... More 

1 Thank lavinniaj
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Well, truely amazing, second time I been there, an still get amazed at the story, great hosts an owner, good to see Mark can spend time with visitors coming to see his passion for the place... Well done.. There should be a movie made on the Paronalla Family...👍

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