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Paronella Park

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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Hours Today: 8:30 AM - 9:00 PM
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1671 Japoonvale Rd, Mena Creek, Queensland 4871, Australia
+61 7 4065 0000
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We had a challenging day at the Park as my Dad decided it would be a good idea to take a friends young children 4 & 8 yrs. The 8yr old was very good and enjoyed the day but the 4 yr old was a...More

Thank microlights
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

What a beautiful slice of history with a love story to boot! Obviously loved by the staff, the history of this place is conveyed with knowledge and pride. Really worth a visit! Fantastic customer service and happy staff. Loved it!! ❤️

Thank EuroChik
Reviewed 5 days ago

Having visited Cairns many times I was told by a family member to have a look at Paronella Park. I agree it is a beautiful place but the $45 entry fee was way to expensive as all the buildings are roped off. I would still...More

Thank X4134JLjanes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I was on a day tour here and became extremely sick. The staff were so kind and helpful. They rang an ambulance that took me to Innisfail Hospital. Thanks again

Thank webblyoz
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

OMG what an amazing place. We spent a whole afternoon and evening here. There is so much to see and do. Make sure if you visit, allow 4-5 hrs and do the day tour, Hydro Tour, and Night tour - all included in your ticket....More

Thank RedDragon1954
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A previous Trip Advisor review said that the entrance price was a bit expensive and it wasn't worth it. BUT, we disagree. This place is one of a kind in Australia. WE have never seen historical ruins like this before, never mind the beautiful gardens,...More

Thank Irene I
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were driving down the coast and had been recommended to stop by. Although the admission fee is a bit high, the tour guide was very passionate and informative and the place is quite a nice break from the driving. If you find yourself in...More

Thank Emil J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is absolutely beautiful, I regret not doing this with the tour guide though so I definitely recommend the guide, it takes 45minutes with them and you get to learn about the park too, night time would have been amazing also. Highly recommend going...More

Thank hillash5
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I came here simply because it was rated the number one thing to do on trip advisor and my parents grew up in the area so wanted to go. Though it was a nice camping ground the castles themselves are almost non existant. The waterfall...More

Thank Simon L
Bridget E, Public Relations Manager at Paronella Park, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hello Simon, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. It sounds as if you didn't take part in the guided tour, which is a pity as it really is the best way to truly experience Paronella Park. Yes it is a...More

Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The property itself is quite appealing, with the waterfalls, old house, ruins, suspension bridge and trails thru the rainforest. However, the guided tour was completely boring and we were left feeling like it could have been so much better, especially considering the price we paid....More

1  Thank mndb
Bridget E, Public Relations Manager at Paronella Park, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hello there, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We're glad that you enjoyed the beauty of Paronella Park, and your free site for the night in our caravan park. However, I'm so sorry to hear that your experience did not...More

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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