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Paronella Park

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1671 Japoonvale Rd, Mena Creek, Queensland 4871, Australia
+61 7 4065 0000
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Everyone has a dream. Jose 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 24 months and covers all of the tours (a 45 minute guided walk that explains this extraordinary story & takes you through the highlights,the stunning Darkness Falls Tour where the castles and waterfall are flood-lit to allow for amazing photo opportunities, and the hydro tour, giving you an in-depth look at the hydro electricity system that harnesses the power of the waterfall to provide the electricity for the whole Park). Admission also includes a souvenir guide book, fish food for feeding our resident fish and turtles, a bookmark, as well as a site for one night in the adjacent van park.
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1671 Japoonvale Rd, Mena Creek, Queensland 4871, Australia
1671 Japoonvale Rd, Mena Creek, Queensland 4871, Australia
+61 7 4065 0000
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We were greeted by a very friendly attendee at the entrance and the friendliness didn’t stop there. It was a hot day and complementary cold water containers and cups were available for all. We were greeted shortly after our arrival to the park by our...More

Thank Leon Allan J
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Didn’t get to Paronella Park the year before as intended, due to inclement weather, so very pleased to finally get to see what people rave about. The staff here greeted us warmly and ushered us into the office to complete our booking. We stayed at...More

Thank Belinda C
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

What a beautiful please with a great history. This is our 2nd time but would visit again. Staff friendly and helpful.

Thank Farahana S
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Paronella park is amazing and touches your soul, i stayed one night with a night tour and just had to stay another night to explore the whole place. I would stand in the wide open areas at night with my torch off listening to the...More

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Wife and I visited here on Boxing Day. Amazing place, great cafe and staff were just the best. We also get a free entry back in within the next two years

2  Thank Des B
Reviewed 1 week ago

The place is beautiful by day or night, I recommend staying on site. The local pub just won best country pub award and it's easy to understand why, but the park is a magical place, the new care takers have put in real effort and...More

1  Thank levao78
Reviewed 1 week ago

A must see, what a magical place, you can feel the energy that has gone into creating this beautiful park. An amazing story of an extraordinary man and his passion. Hope this place can be preserved for future generations to enjoy.

1  Thank Michelle M
Reviewed 1 week ago

I did the tour to Paronella Park on my last day of my trip to Cairns in late Dec. It was a wonderful trip. I think it's extraordinary because coming to Cairns we weren't expecting too much about history and architectural stuffs. Most of the...More

1  Thank tonytsun
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stunning gardens and architecture with a fascinating back story. Doing the tour is not cheap but the ticket is a Day entry so we did a tour at lunch time then had a wander around on our own for a while. I really wanted to...More

Thank Peta M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went for a second visit to do the night tour at Paronella Park and camp the night. It was a great little experience. We do wish however that the staff member taking the tour had advised us that it would be better to leave...More

Thank LondonAllie85
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Tracey Y
3 July 2017|
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Response from downunder45 | Reviewed this property |
every half hr and 2 tours in the evening I think 6pm & 7.30?
Alison P
25 December 2015|
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Response from Bridget E | Property representative |
Thank you for your question. Yes, as the other answers have suggested, we can certainly cater for school groups. Please feel free to contact us directly, either by phone or email, and we can provide you with all the... More
18 November 2015|
Response from Bridget E | Property representative |
Thank you for your question. Yes, we have a total of 21 powered sites in our small caravan park. It's a good idea to call ahead and book for these in the busy season, as they tend to fill up quickly! We also have... More