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Paronella Park

1671 Innisfail Japoon Road | Japoonvale Road, Mena Creek, Queensland 4871, Australia
61 7 4065 0000
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Ranked #1 of 2 Attractions in Mena Creek
Type: Parks
Owner description: 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,... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Perth, Australia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
6 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW via mobile

We enjoyed excellent coffee and lunch in the cafe - thank you to the friendly helpful young staff. Megan was our tour guide and told us the fascinating story of Jose Paronella and his driven ambition to make a success of his life and realise his ambition to create what is now Paronella Park. The story is part of the... More

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Havelock North, New Zealand
2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

We had a great day at Paronella Park while visiting Cairns. The value for money was great and the tour was amazing. Great story Well worth a visit

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Cairns, Australia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

We have visited Paronella Park a number of times, and each visit continues to enchant us. It is a beautiful setting with a love story & business history that surpasses most Hollywood blockbusters. The staff do their utmost to ensure all guests are made to feel welcome. The guided tours are enlightening without being cumbersome. It is absolutely worthwhile to... More

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Gold Coast, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

I recently visited Paronella Park and was greeted by Mark at the front gate (the owner).... I really appreciated his happy welcome that he gave us at the front door (and observed later that he greets everyone at the front door - very impressed)... the park was absolutly amazing. The detail of what was created all those years ago gave... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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11 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW via mobile

We visited Paronella Park from Cardwell, so it was 92km each way. Well worth the drive though. Admission seems expensive at $42 but considering there is no extra charge for the day and night guided tours this seems quite reasonable. The park is spectacular and gives a great insight into the history of the area. Jose Paronella was a very... More

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Mareeba, Queensland, Australia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

Have just been to Paronella Park yesterday (Sunday - they're open 7 days!) and had to jump on TripAdvisor this morning while I was still buzzing over the trip! An absolutely amazing experience and a fantastic day out. Could have spent hours in the park, just wandering around and exploring all the different areas. The ruins are breathtaking, and a... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

Paronella Park...is a must to see. I was there in the pouring rain, and that did not detract from my visit one little bit! The staff met me at my car door with an umbrella... This magic wonderland, built by Jose Paronella...has to be seen to be believed. Allow yourself time to wander and fully appreciate all there is to... More

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Watanobbi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

We had heard the Poscast and we keen to see the park. We were not disappointed. The trip was amazing during the day and we explored the park with our teenage boys and returned for the evening tour (covered by admission fee). We were lucky to have Mark (the owner of the park) take this tour and it was fantastic... More

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東京
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82 attraction reviews
157 helpful votes 157 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

We drove from Cairns there. It was over 120 km. There was nothing around. The entry fee was 42AUD each. The park was not too big. There was a small ruins of the castle was covered moss, one small suspension bridge, one waterfall has a lot of eels, one big bamboo forest, one tree has a lot of bats. The... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Awesome. Fantastic service with extremely knowledgeably and friendly staff. The night tour was outstanding.

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LukeParonellaPark, Public Relations Manager at Paronella Park, responded to this review

Thanks for the review - it's great to hear that you enjoyed your time with us! More

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