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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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Corrimal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Second visit and was worth the return will come again in a couple of years.it will be a big effort to restore it to its previous glory.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

My wife had seen this park on TV, so we made it our first stop one we arrived in Cairns. Absolutely beautiful and a very relaxing day out, can highly recommend it.

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Butler, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Such a fascinating story behind the park and the ruins look so enchanting with the rainforest growth all around. I so appreciate all the owners are trying to do in preserving this place - not an easy task. Our tour guide Megan did a good job of explaining the story of the park, but I will admit that I heard... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW via mobile

From the time we were welcomed at the bottom of the steps (after crossing Mena Creek via the suspension bridge) by owner Mark Evans at 4pm day one, until we left after the night tour sometime after 9:30pm day two we were awed by the beauty of Paronella - both the park and the man, Jose. To have survived three... More

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Maroochydore, Queensland, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

We read the book before going to the park, amazing story, great value if you book into the caravan park. You receive a day tour plus the night tour all for $37. Staff so friendly and helpful. We lunched at the pub just up the road. The owners are doing a great job and the community is so lucky to... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Paronella Park is intriguing for its wonderful gardens and decrepit absurdist castle ruins, viewable by day and/or night. However the daily tours (every half hour) are lamentably amateurishly presented. And the night 'tour' is far worse. 40+ people are issued with torches and all the guide can offer is 'Soak up the atmosphere/take snaps' ad infinitum, while guests are herded... More

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

From reading previous reviews I was most excited to come and see the wonders of Paronella Park. We came for a day tour, all i can say is wow, I wasn't disappointed. Stunning ruins with an extraordinary story. Always best to try and venture away from the crowds and enjoy the monuments in peace, you might spot some animals like... More

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Auckland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

This is an amazing site. A must to go on one of the guided tours to hear the history behind this place. To think is was all made by this one man and to see his hand prints in all the concrete work is quite special. Jose had a dream and it is so wonderful that the current owners are... More

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Boonah, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Arrived here on the recommendation of family and friends. What can anyone say about this place and the staff the would be suitable praise. The site is a testament to the dreams of one man and his determination to bring joy to his family and others. It is an oasis with a little Spanish overtone, castles, waterfalls, wildlife and gardens.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Absolutely stunning, just an amazing story and much more than you expect. Staff are incredibly friendly and helpful. So wonderful that Jose's dream is being continued and not knocked down. Only downfall was they were fully booked at the park and had to stay in the car park with a roof top tent (they could have sent us away but... More

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