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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
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08:30 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 08:30 - 21:00
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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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What a magnificent and wonderful place!

I cannot rave about visiting and taking a tour of Paronella Park enough. My mum and I took an impromptu trip to Cairns and made the drive out there. The story, the place, the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I cannot rave about visiting and taking a tour of Paronella Park enough. My mum and I took an impromptu trip to Cairns and made the drive out there. The story, the place, the people are just simply spectacular. Don't miss getting a glimpse - and if you get a choice of tour guide - pick Yeng - not only... More 

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Melton Mowbray, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Not sure where to start with this place! We visited back in August 2015 and had the most amazing time, it left such an impact on us! The night tour is simply magical. The members of staff are the friendliest most welcoming people, I couldn't fault the service we received. We stayed over on the campsite and had a very... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Paronella Park is showing it's knock after floods and cyclones, but still a destination one should take time to visit and enjoy. It starts with a top friendly, helpful personnel, clean cabins or camping sites, guided tours or explore on your own. It has a fascinating fauna and flora, not to that extend to be found elsewhere! Been there several... More 

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Thank Otto W
Ayr, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We wanted to visit the historic castle. We'd heard about the whimsical, inspiring story and that was inspiration enough to go there. The booking process was so simple and personable. The lady I spoke to was bubbly and friendly and so full of information. She increased our excitement to be there. I asked for a copy of Jose Paronella's book... More 

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Thank kerrik68
Elderslie, New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Just WOW I visited Paronella Park today with my family an it has left such an impact on me... Not only is it so so beautiful, it took me back in time and left me wanting to learn more about the place and the man behind it. My teenage daughter also felt this and in these days something that is... More 

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Cairns, Australia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We went here because my brother visit us from Holland. the price for entree is way to expensive for what it is. the park is nice there is a nice waterfall but the buildings are really a ruins. Its ok to go but not for this price I guess $10.- should be more than o.k.

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Batemans Bay, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited Paronella Park recently on a Far North Queensland road trip. It is a short drive from the township of Innisfail and is a very interesting complex to enjoy and discover the history, hard work and the love story and dream of a Spaniard named Jose Paronella back in the 1930's, to build a castle for his love. We... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Truly worth the visit and tour of the park. A beautiful vision of one man.... history which should be preserved! Friendly and knowledgeable staff! Thank Mandy & Jo!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went hear for my birthday last year and again this year. The owners are lovely and the passion the staff display for this location is amazing! It really is a magic day exploring the creation of Jose Paronella! It really is a must see and do if you are up this way!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The reef is great but if you're looking for some rich history this park is a must. I only got to visit for 20 min in the day then took the night tour and it was not enough. The park is gorgeous and it was great to interact with a staff that was as passionate about the place as its... More 

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