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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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Amazing man and his dream

So pleased we made effort to come here, day tour given all the amazing history of Paronella and night tour a beautiful inside into Jose's vision. Camped the night, clean... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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Crookwell, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

So pleased we made effort to come here, day tour given all the amazing history of Paronella and night tour a beautiful inside into Jose's vision. Camped the night, clean amenities, nice hot water, wonderful staff very friendly and helpful. Well done Mark and crew

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

From the moment we arrived, in the rain and pre booked, this wonderful experience of true hospitality began. We was greeted from our motor home in the car park by a lovely young lady with an umbrella so we could go into reception and check in. My husband was then given directions as to where our site was for the... More 

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Narrabri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

This is truely a great place to visit and worth the effort to travel to from Cairns. Romance, history and the vision of one man. The staff were terrific. Couldn't do enough for you on a wet day. Even coming to the car on arrival with umbrella's. The night tour was worth staying for. We also received a free gift... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

We had heard about this wonderful place, but did not dream that it was so inspirational. Our young female tour guide was just the best - so informative, so enthusiastic and vibrant. We saw all of the park by day, but were so sorry that time did not permit us to stay for the evening light show or the extended... More 

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Cairns, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

From when we parked our car on arrival to when we left, we found the customer service at Paronelka Park was impeccable. Highly recommend tagging along to a guided tour - info provided was fab. Feeding the fish, turtles & eels was the highlight for my 5 yo. Being given a piece of history as a memento was my highlight.... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Paronella Park is testament to the power of love and dedication. Although in ruins and suffering from the passage of time, it is a must see if you are in far north Queensland. We arrived on a misty day and were a little worried about what we would see. The mist just emphasised the beauty of the buildings and glistened... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Amazing place to visit, did the day and night tour in the rain! Such an inspirational place to visit. Staff and Guides were professional, helpful and very friendly. Being greeted with umbrellas in the carpark with such enthusiasm was very unexpected but very much appreciated. Highly recommend a visit to Paranella Park, you will definitely want to return.

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Cairns, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

The entrance to Paronella Park is not spectacular but it is inviting. We undertook our visit over two days which was very much weather controlled. Day one saw us arrive during a rainy period and much to our delight we were met in the carpark by an attendant who offered each of us an umbrella to be used during our... More 

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Albury, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Paronella park was for me the most inspiring attraction we saw while staying in Cairns The guides there were amazing and very passionate about the place and the man who created it. I was so impressed with their knowledge and determination to keep the park and its history alive. It is worth the 1 and 1/2 hr drive from Cairns... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

Wow! This place appeals to all ages, including teenagers. Immerse yourself in the story and imagine what an amazing feat it was to achieve such a place in the environment and era it was created. The current owners are passionate about Paronella Park which is evident from the moment you hit the front door.

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Address: 1671 Innisfail Japoon Road | Japoonvale Road, Mena Creek, Queensland 4871, Australia
Phone Number: 61 7 4065 0000
Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Queensland  >  Mena Creek
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:30 am - 9:00 pm
Monday 8:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 8:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 8:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 8:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 8:30 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday 8:30 am - 9:00 pm

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