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Paronella Park

Address: 1671 Innisfail Japoon Road | Japoonvale Road, Mena Creek, Queensland 4871, Australia
Phone Number: 61 7 4065 0000
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Owner description: Everyone has a dream. José Paronella’s dream became a reality. On 5...
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Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 9:00 pm
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.
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

an interesting break in our journey. Its hard to believe one man and two aboriginal boys could create so much beauty. Paronalla Park needs visitors to restore this spanish castle before its too late. Perfect location, great for those interested in history.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

I have been to Paronella since I was a child and it is still just as beautiful to this day! The staff are so friendly and the park itself is beautiful! It is a long drive from Cairns but is my favourite thing to do while I am there! The waterfall is beautiful, the fish and turtles are amazing and... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Warm welcome by owner and lovely friendly helpful staff. Clean toilets and cold water provided on entry. Cost $42 per adult is VERY EXPENSIVE (does include brochures, fish food to share, free entry for next 2 years and a camping site). Much more if you're a family. We visited during hot humid 35.7C in January 2015. Strongly recommend that you... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Some interesting history here, though I guess it's history with a small "h". While a migrant's story is interesting, its not uncommon; what is interesting about this migrant's story is the magnitude of his creation. The park has matured well - I visited back in the early '70's as an underwhelmed 20 year old. This visit I was a very... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Right from the start staff were very friendly and helpful Kerry from the reception and especially the gardener! As we have to check out before the office open he went all his way out to help us. Collect our keys and refund our key deposit. Very much appreciated! Tours around the park was great especially the night tour. The owners... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

This park was a real treat. It was had a great history about the development of the park, the way the park got the history regarding the park. The guide said that they have plans on restoring some old building that have been destroyed due to flooding and fire, which will be nice to see. It was a great part... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

This place is really quiet, romantic, historical, relaxing. If you want to take pictures of nature and "aged to perfection" buildings and stroll around a park where you feel taken back several decades then this is the place for you to visit. We visited the park on our way south from Cairns and the perfect time to arrive is around... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Went just after some rain so Mena Falls were flowing well. Enjoyed the history and the tour by "Suzi". Amazed what is left is still standing considering floods and cyclones over the years. You may need to use your imagination a bit to visualise what it was like building or when in full use. Go in with a positive attitude... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

What a curious attraction in North Queensland. An early 20th Century copy of a European pleasure garden built on a huge scale in North Queensland (!!!), left to rack and ruin, slowly devoured by the rainforest. Now this combination of decaying architecture and rainforest makes for a very enjoyable afternoon of exploration. Tours of the estate leave on the hour... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

A magical experience wandering through the park. All the staff and the owner Mark are just fabulous, friendly, knowledgeable and so willing to assist and answer any questions . The night tour is worth staying for, especially watching as they light up the waterfall and what once was the castle. Food is terrific. The gardens and the structures are amazing... More 

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