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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

We went on an unfortunate day where it pouring very heavily. Definetly wait for a drier day to go or be prepared by wearing gum boots, you dont want to be one of the sad people having to walk through puddles in nice sandals. The park though offered umbrellas and special transport services for anyone who couldn't get around readily... More

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Stayed here in van park, very good value for money, did two tours, day and night very good, great little village with great pub, should have stayed longer but schedule would not allow. A wonderful history lesson.

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Brisbane, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Don't go here. Simple. $42 a ticket into this place gets you a 1 hour look into someone's 'dream' and a small tub of fish food. Most of this place's business probably comes from the onslaught of endless brochures you see as you drive up and down the coast. You look at the pictures and you look at the website... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

This was a great day for us, I came here as a child in the late 70's and was fun swimming in the falls, now coming back after 25years with my family our kids had a great time, this was a great place for the kids and for picnicing.

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Cairns, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

You can hear about a place just so many times before it becomes almost compulsory to go and see it. We are so very glad that we did go to see it - and that we had additional time to spend to wander around what the park had to offer during the day and at night. While it's not cheap... More

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Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Well worth the visit and worthy of support. It was amazing to see the remnants of a dream, and I hope that the new owners are able to restore it to let the public see what was achieved all those years ago, against all odds.

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Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

It's as if the staff are chosen for their friendliness as that's the thing you notice first. Very interesting place. You pay to go in & you can go back for up to 2 years without paying more. We did a day tour & then went back a week later to do the night tour. If you book in advance... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

It's a lovely garden, but not as nice as you may see for free in any of the National Parks around Cairns....I feel it was not worth the drive, and definitely not worth the price to get in! $10 would be a fair price I think.

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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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