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Paronella Park

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

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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Something special in the middle of nowhere.

Having been on my bucket list for years I approached with caution not knowing what to expect. We were met on arrival by Jo who explained what we needed to do and see. Tours run... read more

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Having been on my bucket list for years I approached with caution not knowing what to expect. We were met on arrival by Jo who explained what we needed to do and see. Tours run every half hour and our guide Caroline was exemplary, her passion ran deep, she was married there and her parents were also married there. The... More 

Thank AussiePaul60
Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Dropped into paronella park. Great history and good to do the tour with the guides to find out the history of the park. The park is beautiful and the waterfall is stunning. A definite on your to do list when you are in the area.

Thank golfmat
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Visited Paronella Park with kids - a magical place to visit. I highly recommend you take the time to have a look. Cost us around $160 for the 6 of us. We had a guided tour that took us around an hour...we had someone in a wheelchair with us and for the uneven part of the trip they called a... More 

Thank Webwytch
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

On our way around Aust saw a brochure about paronella park new nothing about it so we visited wow what a great place to loose yourself in not only with the history and how it came to be but with everything about the park what a hidden gem , an added bonus if your towing a caravan your night there... More 

Thank Trudiloui
Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Thank you to Jo and the team at Paronella Park for the warm welcome and insight into one of the most interesting attractions in the area. Our tour guide outlined all the interesting firsts and facts that the park was famous for. I didn't get to do the night tour but many friends have told me it is a must.

Thank Fletcherdillo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Well worth the price. Staff very friendly. Free tours included of the Castle and grounds - all guides great knowledge of background and history. Beautiful gardens and falls. Plenty of time to explore. Cafe on site when you get peckish with homemade food at a reasonable price. Free one day camping on the grounds so can make it a weekend... More 

Thank Citychic90
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Really lovely spot. I already have been here twice this year. I love this place. Also can recommend the caravan park which is included

Thank Hannah K
Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We loved the romantic story behind this place. How it was built, its decline and how it was recovered from the jungle. Lovely settings, though the ruins are in desperate need of work to repair the rampant concrete cancer. The tour guides did a great job. The night tour in particular was worthwhile with the night lighting showing off the... More 

Thank Geoff S
Cairns, Queensland, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Definitely a must do in Cairns if you want to see waterfalls, rain forest, wildlife, architectures even fire flies! Recommend to come at around 1600. bit of walk around the park, then join the 1630 guided tour, which s the last day tour and lasts for 45 mins, then there is a hydro power plant tour at around 1715-1730, then... More 

Thank Jef C
Kulin, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We spent a full day and evening at Paronella Park doing all the activities. What a refreshing thing to find somewhere with such amazing customer service and extra activities included in the price plus a 2 year return ticket! The work of Jose was amazing and I'm sure he would be proud of the attraction today. So much to see... More 

Thank Kathleen W

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