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Address: 1671 Innisfail Japoon Road | Japoonvale Road, Mena Creek, Queensland 4871, Australia
Phone Number: 61 7 4065 0000
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Description: 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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We did the day tour with our grandchildren and returned by ourselves a few weeks later to stay overnight in the caravan park and do the night tour. Great value for money with the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

We did the day tour with our grandchildren and returned by ourselves a few weeks later to stay overnight in the caravan park and do the night tour. Great value for money with the original entrance fee allowing you access for 2 years and 1 overnight campsite. Even if you weren't interested in the castle and the history of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Incredibly relaxing and tranquil environment. So inspiring to see one mans dream and the result of hard work. Can't wait to see the result of restoration work. For now, you'll have to use your imagination.

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Sydney
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Something there for everyone, lovely food for lunch/morning tea/ afternoon tea.The information cottage with all the history. The castle what an amazing feat against the odds. The amazing Kauri trees and Bamboo forest and the turtles and fish and of course the waterfall.

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Moruya, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

The most amazing place is worth a visit . The guided tour was informative and the staff were great. Loved it loved it loved it.

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Cairns, Queensland, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Wow! What a lovely hidden treasure. Have been meaning to get there for years and finally did a camp (in our van) overnight with my husband. Did the day tour and what a great story about how it all began. We then did the night tour and were lucky enough to have the owner guide the tour. So passionate about... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

We were there with 5 people and weren't sure if we should stay or not. We ended up staying and did both the day tour and the night tour, very different but interesting. It's nice to learn more about that strange but inspiring place. The staff and owners are very enthusiastic and it's obvious that they love the place and... More 

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Redcliffe, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

From the moment you walk through the door there is a feeling of peace and tranquility. The guided tour was interesting (although the guide was a little hard to hear at times). You can just imagine days gone by with cricket on the lawn and the children bathing in the river. This is not a tour for people with walking... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We had a lovely few hours at Paronella Park. I had read the book first so was looking forward to actually seeing the place and doing the tour. It is a magical place and takes your imagination back to the days when Jose Paronella made his dream castle and how hard he worked to achieve this dream. The staff were... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

As soon as we pulled up we were greeted by smiling faces. Jo greeted us and she looked after our dog, wonderful service! We got a free return voucher, to use within 2 years, and will go back to do the night tour and camp a night. All the staff were friendly and helpful and importantly, knowledgable about the park... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015 via mobile

We've had a great time at Paronella Park and we're very impressed by the true story of José Paronella who create this magical place. At first, we've visited the park by day and had a great guide who tell us the amazing story of José. Then, we came back with the same ticket for the evening tour and had the... More 

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