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Paronella Park

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Address: 1671 Japoonvale Rd (Old Bruce Highway), Mena Creek, Queensland 4871, Australia
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+61 7 4065 0000
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8:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 9:00 pm
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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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Wonderful place.

Really enjoyed my visit here. Loved the history of this place. Fascinating story. Could just picture it in it's heyday. Had the guided tour then spent time afterwards doing it... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Really enjoyed my visit here. Loved the history of this place. Fascinating story. Could just picture it in it's heyday. Had the guided tour then spent time afterwards doing it ourselves leisurely. Well worth visiting.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I loved this place! I was sceptical at first, since it is a bit out of the way, but it was well worth it! The park is large, has an interesting history, and the castle/ruins are very interesting, plus, the scenery is beautiful, especially the huge waterfall. The staff are very nice, and I especially like how they gave us... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went here after we had had a boat trip cancelled and we were at a loose end. It is interesting - there is a great story behind it but by the publicity you would expect it to be a lot larger than it actually is and that there is a lot more to see and do. Take the tour... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

the story of the Paronella's is fascinating and to see what was attempted / achieved ... amazing. The guides do a great job herding the crowds whilst telling the history of the place (cheers Ollie!) Make sure to combine with Skywalk for a discount.

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Somerton Park
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was a little skeptical as to why we needed a Spanish castle in Australia ......once I understood the history I got it. A very pretty spot to visit and ideal for taking family photos. Very impressed with the prices in the cafe and a lovely waterfall

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Mackay, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Have been wanting to go to Paronella Park for a long time, finally made it and wow was it beautiful. We arrived mid afternoon & had booked into a powered site with our camper trailer. Quick & easy checkin & easy access & parking to allow a quick set up before exploring. The grounds are beautiful with something else to... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

had a great day at paronella park, very interesting and an amazing piece of history. what really made our day was the staff, in particular, Jo, who was so friendly and helpful. She welcomed us right from the car park and farewelld us with a lot of information about the local area. I am already planning a trip back there... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I came to this park on a tour and I very much wish I would have come to this place on a full day alone. This park and its history is told very well by the tour guides employed by the owners. This is a small family run business which makes the experience even more impressive. There are opportunities to... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We decided to make a day of travelling around the Innisfail region with Paronella Park one of our must do stops. The day was very hot and muggy and we felt a visit to the falls would be a nice relaxing time. The park is amazing and the owners have this a great site to visit. We met Mark and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

So glad we went, disappointed we didn't allow ourselves more time - needs a good few hours to totally take it all in. Words cannot describe it all. A MUST DO!!!

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