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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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Forster, Australia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

I visited Paronella Park as part of a tour group on a days tour around the area. I though it was beautiful. We went on a guided tour which was very informative and explained a lot about the park. Unfortuanely the tour was running late so we didn't have a lot of free time after the guided tour which i... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW via mobile

I first visited in 2010. I came back and stayed in the cabins. Even after another natural disaster from Yasi, this park is still magnificent. The Cafe has the best scones, jaffles, coffee and milkshakes. I will certainly try to come back within 2 years this time. We spotted a gorgeous big black lizard than shone like silver. Can't wait... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Paronella park is a place of mystique where kids and adults can immerse themselves in the story surrounding this wonderful attraction. A visit to the park is much about the engineering achievements by the parks builders as the wonderful pathways which pass through rainforest gardens meandering to creeks and rivers where you can feed fish and turtles with the food... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW via mobile

It was a very interesting Story and the night Tour was amasing. It is really a must in Queensland. Thank you Mark for this beautiful Day. Regards the three german guys P.s. we have seen a tree kangaroo thank you for the tip

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Melbourne, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

It is certainly a good story and our quirky guide was a hoot. The general experience was good but we ate pies at the food area and my goodness the food was inedible. Entry cost was a bit of a surprise also.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW via mobile

All the billboards & promotion about being the top attraction had me suspicious but we went ahead anyway. A considerable drive from anywhere and once there, especially with children,you are not inclined to turn on your heels and walk back into the car again. All this may be fine if not for the ridiculous entry prices with all the added... More

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Ipswich, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

Guided tours run every half hour. The whole story behind Paronella Park was very interesting, as were the buildings, but is not worth the admission cost. Perhaps if you have a voucher to make the entry cost cheaper, it would be worth it, but at full price I would steer clear.

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 NEW

I have visited Paronella Park twice during my recent holiday in QLD. It is very interesting in that it was a dream built by sheer hard work and determination by one man. It has everything. History, an awesome story, fantastic location near the Mena Creek Falls, nostalgia and mystery, guided tours where the guide "brings the place back to life",... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 NEW

I have eaten scones all over Australia and overseas but I would have to rate the scones here at Paronella Park the best ever, crusty on the outside, fluffy inside with homemade jam they makes themselves and real cream. Not many places give homemade jame and real cream!!! The staff are very friendly and helpful. Such an amazing place to... More

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Brisbane, Qld
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

This place is amazing and the history of the man who built it all by hand. I highly recommend it to any visitor!! So much to see and you can stay overnight. Wonderful place to visit!!

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