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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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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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English first
Melbourne, Australia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014 NEW

Absolutely loved the grounds and the story about Jose Paronella The Spanish Dreamer,,What a beautiful story it made us feel as if we were there in that time,,highly recommend to all,,,

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Frankfurt, Germany
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014 NEW

This is defintly worth seeing. It is such a romantic story, how was bilt. Wish more fixing was done. Also a bit costly $42. But is pretty with many plants. Frendly staff. Not the best castle but u can imagin original.

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Adelaide, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 NEW

the park was nice, very pretty, and crazy to learn about the guy who built it. But it was $42 per person for entry. They also force you to buy a tour, even if you don't want one. There was no - no tour option. I'm not really sure what you're paying for because there is pretty little maintenance needed... More

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Bundaberg, Australia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Mark and Judy (who own the park) have such a passion for the Park and you know that immediately you arrive. Mark greets all guests with the invitation to go on an exciting journey, so we could not wait. I know some people have commented on the price but we stayed overnight with our van and with clean and new... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Lovely to be met in the car park by an employee who was so likable and friendly. advised us of the best way to visit the park and how we would get more out of the visit if we used the guides. A very interesting story is told by the guide. How a poor Italian baker migrated across to the... More

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14 reviews 14 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

$42 for a waterfall and a relic of a park. Nice cafe area granted and very nice staff but come on, how can you call broken down concrete buildings that are so unsafe you can't enter them and a colony of fruit bats a park? Total rip off, worth $5 a head, sorry, had to be the most disappointing place... More

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Ocean Grove, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Thoroughly enjoyed our tour of Paronella and our guide, Megan was very informative. Loved hearing the history of the castle. Bit pricey but all tourist places are, so expected to pay over $100 for a family pass.

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cainrs
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

It is perfect! Not to mention the castle and atmosphere, but the services created by staff were perfect to the detail. All staffs behave professionally and very friendly. Special thanks to Joe, who was doing parking security at time, and Emi, who was Japanese tour guide.

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London, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
18 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Great that Paronella Park is being restored and so interesting to hear the history of one mans dream and how it was created from our very knowledgable guide. It was good also to be able to explore after the tour. Good restaurant and friendly staff and nice to support this attraction and the owners endeavour to restore after years of... More

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Atherton, Australia
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We camped there and I would recommend doing this on your visit, we had Megan for our tour guide during the day and it was an informative tour, then as we stayed had the luck of getting her on the night tour as well, the best part was after the night tour we could go back in at our leisure... More

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