This was our third visit to Paronella Park; it's intriguing how much it changes between each visit. You are greeted at the entrance by the owner, Mark, immediately making you feel welcome and special. The tours of the grounds are conducted every half hour - the weather was wet on our visit, but there are plenty of complimentary umbrellas available to keep you dry during the fascinating walk.
There are some steep steps, but an alternate route can be arranged for those who find stairs troublesome.
Voted the #1 Must See tourist attraction in FNQ for very good reason. A wonderful history, the most wildly romantic vistas and nooks, and it's impossible to take a bad photograph in these settings. The staff are amazingly helpful and friendly and the owners even more so. Finish up your tour with a cold drink or ice cream at the cafe area where large fans cool you down.
Don't miss the opportunity to take in the night tour, where even the wet weather holds its own rewards in the form of glow worms and glow fungi, and fireflies. Plus the sight of the buildings lit up at night is magical.
Your entry price covers entry to the park for 24 months (yeah, you read that right!) and also a complimentary night in the caravan park (which also boasts small cabins if camping isn't your bag). Very enjoyable. A must-see if you're in this neck of the FNQ woods.
Some ask. "What's so special?"
Consider the resilience of the buildings and surrounds after cyclonic conditions ravaging this area along with floods and the relentless passage of time. Enjoy the serenity. Spend time with nature.
I'm not really a tree hugger, but I must say, I just love the whole set up; flora and fauna (micro bats a must see) the walking tracks, the waterfalls and river critters.
It was great to meet Luke finally after receiving e-newsletters for the last few years and also reading his responses to some of the less than complimentary reviews. (Always a few unhappy customers)
We say, make it a must do,and enjoy the Park.
Here's to hoping it can keep giving to our cultural history for years to come and keep up the good work Mark, Luke and staff.
More than happy customers, Kev, Shan, Harry, Nina and Laurie.
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