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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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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

We spent the night at Paronella Park last night and can only say it is well worth the drive. All the staff we met were welcoming and friendly. We started off with the 45 minute day guided tour and then wandered around enjoying the ambience. Loved feeding the fish, eels and turtles! As we got free overnight accommodation in the... More

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Biloela
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Great experience Def a must do. Also stayed at the park attached which was ok was woken by a million bats but all was a great experiance. Reccommend to do the day and night tours as the night is just as good. Staff are amazing and more than happy to help out where ever they can.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

Of all the places we visited in Cairns this one surprised us the most and is the most memorable. We did not know what to expect but were pleasantly surprised. The story of the gardens and the work that was involved in creating them is amazing. They are very beautiful and way more than what we expected. We did the... More

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Bairnsdale, Victoria, Australia
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

Fascinating story beautiful environment but felt like there was a lack of investment in simple things like path maintenance /safety, lack of investment in lighting for night walk ( ie path lighting that has minimal impact on wildlife), more potential for special effects lighting for waterfalls, inadequate septic facility for the workload. Overall a great experience and story. The staff... More

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Swansea, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

So expensive for what it is ! Very disappointed. Would of been happy if we had paid half the price. Not a must see, wish we had not bothered!

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

$42/person admission fee for Paronella Park is a bad joke for what you actually get for your money, especially compared to other similar priced attractions in far north QLD. Yes, it is a nice little park and the short 30 minutes or so tour is quite entertaining but that's about it. My tip: save your time and money and avoid... More

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Cairns
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

On a Beautiful Sunny day in August 2014 we went and spent the day at this amazing tourist attraction, the guided tour was very well done, and gave us the story in detail of the man from Spain who made his dream come true by single handed building his castle, to imagine how many hours this man worked to build... More

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Melbourne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Well worth the visit. Day guided tour and the night tour were very educational. The story behind it is magical and true. Make sure you book well ahead if you want a powered site as they are limited.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Everyone should come here at least once in their life. It really is an amazing place. Every member of staff that we met here were exceptional, I can not speak highly enough of the friendly and helpfull people working at Panorella Park, which is privately run. A very unique place, with amazing scenery, would have been truely beautiful in its... More

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Katherine, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Make the effort to visit this amazing place. No wonder it is already voted in RACQ's Must-Do's in Qld. We stayed on a powered site in the caravan park. It is part of the entry fee ($42 per person). We wandered around the park at our own pace and then did the 4.30pm tour. Popped across the swing bridge to... More

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LukeParonellaPark, Public Relations Manager at Paronella Park, responded to this review

Thank you for your positive feedback! I'm so pleased you enjoyed your time with us, and look forward to seeing you when you return. Thanks again. More

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