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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
+61 7 4065 0000
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

A bit on the pricey side but you do get a discount for a two parks pass by going to the Mamu Skywalk as well ($124 two people included both attractions and powered camping at Paronella). The park itself is worth an hour or two...More

Thank FuudTrip
Reviewed 5 days ago

From the friendly greeting when we pulled up with our car and caravan - the experience here was first rate. Helpful, friendly and knowledgeable staff. Beautiful gardens. Free tours. Even included first night powered site in with the entrance fee! Unexpected but most welcome. We...More

Thank Aussietraveller77
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful ruins of once what would have been a beautiful castle. Fantastic gardens that you can walk around yourself, or take a guided walk.. We walked around ourselves, but listened to the beginning of the tour. Suggest the guided walk, you can learn about the...More

Thank Debra D
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely place to see. Was on my bucket list. I was expecting it to be bigger. It was beautiful though. Day and night tours. Mostly friendly staff. You can walk around the park day and night on your own or with the tour guides. I...More

Thank melyiss
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A must see when travelling between Cairns and Mission Beach. The history and story is remarkable. If you visit in the afternoon you can have dinner at the pub just over the bridge and come back for the night tour which is all included in...More

Thank Suziemil
Reviewed 1 week ago

An amazing destination with an amazing history. The buildings are very weathered now and that makes the story all the more interesting. Absolutely recommend the night tour. The owner himself spoke to our group and you could juts see the passion for the park oozing...More

Thank moose661
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were encouraged to go and see Paronella Park and were really pleased that we did. The story of how the buildings were developed in the early 1900's by one man, Jose Paronella, over a six year period, the story of his arranged marraige and...More

Thank Ian J
Reviewed 1 week ago

Being Sri Lankan, I've learned to truly appreciate historical sites and the beauty of old architecture. So Paronella Park, apart from being a multiple award winner of Tourism Queensland and a 'must-see', certainly had huge appeal for me. I was not disappointed! I opted to...More

Thank Fazeeha S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a unique piece of history. The $45 entry fee is well worth this heritage listed property. One man's dream, that looks like the forest is trying to reclaim it. The guided tour is a must to learn how and why the park began, its...More

Thank Vicky S
Bridget E, Public Relations Manager at Paronella Park, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello Vicky, Thank you so much for your lovely review of Paronella Park. We're so glad you enjoyed the tour, and your exploration of the property. We hope you received your two year pass out card (it's included in your admission fee!) so you can...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Do not waste your time going here! The $45 entry is a rip off, fair enough it gives you entry for a year but I can't see why anyone would want to return. We parked out on the front on the car park for free...More

1  Thank Jade O
Bridget E, Public Relations Manager at Paronella Park, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello Jade, Thank you for taking the time to write a review about Paronella Park. We're sorry it didn't live up to your expectations! Your $90 entry fee doesn't just include the one tour - it includes a day tour, a night tour, a hydro...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