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Paronella Park

#1 of 4 things to do in Mena Creek Features Animals
1671 Japoonvale Rd (Old Bruce Highway), Mena Creek, Queensland 4871, Australia
+61 7 4065 0000
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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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1671 Japoonvale Rd (Old Bruce Highway), Mena Creek, Queensland 4871, Australia
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+61 7 4065 0000
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Better than the advertising. The love that went into building this place is evident as you wander through the avenues of trees, tropical plants and amazing structures. The staff are very helpful, friendly and informative .We would love to have stayed for the night presentation....More

Thank Christine H
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a very impressive place, with an even more impressive story. I've not been anywhere quite like it, feels like something from Jurassic park, a lost world! They give you a very informative guided tour and then you're free to explore as you wish,...More

1  Thank James T
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Love this place! Has so much history in it! The kids loved it as much as we did! Beautiful gardens! Fish feeding a favorite! So many little walks through the garden! Thank you

Thank rachel s
Reviewed 6 days ago

We have put of going here for years as live 300 km away what a pleasant surprise we got. We camped over night the facilities are great the staff are enthusiastic eager to help and very informative. The park is exceptional the history so interesting...More

Thank Liz K
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I loved exploring this park and imagining all the fun people had in the beautiful grounds. The wonderful guides tell the story of Jose and the park and each have so much information and passion about the place. It's a magical garden in the rainforest...More

Thank Sarah B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After seeing this on a travel show I really wanted to visit. We were staying in palm cove so was a 2 hour drive but well worth it. It's a little pricey at $45 each but that entitles you to return trips for 2 years....More

Thank Jenny A
Reviewed 1 week ago

I had been wanting to visit this place for many years and finally got the chance. Our guide was highly informative filling in all the history of the people and the place. They offer a 2 year free return visit, so I am hoping to...More

Thank MR2TravelGuide
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great place to see. So much forsight with his designs and to last this long. A place to see, spread out with something at every corner

Thank Sean R
Reviewed 1 week ago

We didn't know what to expect, but from the friendly welcome at the carpark to the warm wave bye-bye the next morning it was a pleasant surprise. We did 2 tours (day and night) and that it highly recommend especially when you stay in one...More

Thank downunder45
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Everything is properly managed for this tourist attraction. The guides are professional and give detailed information about the history of the park. They take you to every corner of the park. The only odd thing is that they give you a small piece of the...More

2  Thank AL_Trip_World
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Alison P
Hi. Does Paronella Park accept school bookings for Grade Six students studying Hydro Electricity? Thank You.
25 December 2015|
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Response from Luke 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
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Squib2015
Hi do your campervan sites have powered hook up?
18 November 2015|
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Response from Luke 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
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knitsforfood
I've looked at the site itself and also at several tour groups. It seems to me that one doesn't need a tour from Cairns and we can just go on our own since we will have a rental care. Is that correct? Thanks in advance.
28 September 2015|
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Response from Luke E | Property representative |
Thank you for your question. Yes, you are correct. You do not need to take part in an organised tour to visit Paronella Park. You can definitely self drive in your rental car as you have suggested. That way you can spend... More
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