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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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All I can say is amazing. Highly recommend. We stayed one night in a cabin. Did the day and night tour. Definately do a night your 😊

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

All I can say is amazing. Highly recommend. We stayed one night in a cabin. Did the day and night tour. Definately do a night your 😊

Thank rcros27
Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We stayed for one night in the caravan park, and did the day tour and the night tour. It was quite rainy when we arrived, but there were umbrellas available to borrow for free. All the staff were very friendly and engaging, and the story of Jose Paronella, his family, his dreams and his times was beautifully presented. The park... More 

Thank AussiePenguin92
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We drove into the carpark and as we got out of our car we were welcomed by one of the staff of Paronella Park who gave us directions and information about the Park. On our entry we went on a tour of the Park with the lovely Yana. Yana was passionate and enthusiastic about Paronella Park. The stories she told... More 

Thank Ann P
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

What a magical and wonderful place this is, the amazing story behind what it is today is a fairytale and adds even more to the experience. The tour guides are truly knowledgable and very much in love with the place, it's worth taking a guided tour. It's difficult to explain what it is like as one needs to actually experience... More 

Thank Hospitality S
Townsville, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

What a wonderful experience, Mandy did our tour in the afternoon, and her enthusiasm shone through as she told us the beautiful story of the Paronella family. Due to my husbands vision we chose not to do the night tour, during the late afternoon some one came to the caravan and said if we would like to go be ready... More 

Thank henkandwemie
Queensland, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Have a fantasy to see castle in a tropical forest? Well this is where you should come. Paronella Park is one man's dream in the 1930s brought to life in the 1990s by a dedicated and enthusiastic family along with a team of staff that assist you in any wayto ensure you have the best posiible visit. See naturally occuring... More 

Thank Bev W
Perth, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Drove to Paronella Park from Cairns, which took a considerable amount of time and more time than we were advised. The admission fee is greatly excessive and the tour was quite bland. During the tour, the guide would say she has stories but cannot tell us. Why even say you have stories if you aren't going to share them. Paronella... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazing night scenery and beautiful old castle, the staff was incredibly Friendly and soo helpful! Kudos to Yang(rwby fans will love you), the most amazing guide ever! The tour was fun and the golden orb weaver we saw, terrifying xD

Thank Jonas N
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really enjoyed the guided tour to learn about the history of this place. We stayed in the caravan park which was very good, We had coffee on the cafe which was also good, They are very professional here as it can be very busy. You are welcome to wander around by yourself as well, Great experience, they even do dog... More 

Thank Cheryl V
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Loved the park and the tours both day and night tour recommended. Julian our tour guide was fantastic. The falls are beautiful and the kids loved the fish turtles and eels. Mena Creek hotel for dinner food was excellent and reasonably priced. Only negative for us was staying in our soft floor camper trailer the gravel under foot was terrible... More 

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