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Paronella Park

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Address: 1671 Japoonvale Rd (Old Bruce Highway), Mena Creek, Queensland 4871, Australia
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+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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Inspiring new dreams

Paronella park is beautiful really a good look at to what the life of Jose Paronella was like. Is definitely worth the drive from cairns only about an hour and a half. The staff... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Paronella park is beautiful really a good look at to what the life of Jose Paronella was like. Is definitely worth the drive from cairns only about an hour and a half. The staff are really excellent and inviting from the time u park the car, we had Cath as our tour guide and she was great really knowledgeable and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

First time here. Amazing trip back in time and thanks to Amanda and Jo for making the experience more personal. Highly recommended adventure :)

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Over the past 35 years, I have been here maybe 4 times. But Paronella Park just keeps getting BETTER!! THANK YOU to the new enthusiastic owner.......... You are doing an excellent job in keeping Jose alive!!!! And what a wonderful attraction to boost tourism in the Sth Johnstone area once again. We were in a caravan on the coast when... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Use to how the UK undertakes history presentation along with providing engaging activities to really bringing the experience alive for the visitor. Compared to that I found Paronella Park a bit disappointing. The story of Jose Paronella is an incredible one given the era he built the castles in and the engineering fee of hydro electric power. The ice creamery,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been to Paronella Park twice now and it is definitely worth a look. I enjoyed my visit and would come back again but if I am honest I don't think it is the Top attraction in FNQ as it has been voted. Pro's and con's are listed below (my views only): Pros: Enthusiastic staff who deliver great customer... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place was great!!! We drove all the way from Port Douglas to see this place. Well worth the 2.5hour drive. The building was beautiful and a real pleasure to the eye especially in the man made botanical garden! You need to see this place if you are in Northern Queensland!! Friendly staff how we're very informative about the past... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Paronella Park is step back in time to the dreams of one man. It's like a lost world that has just been rediscovered. The fact that much of the original buildings are crumbling adds to the mystical nature of the park. What an amazing place it will be when they have restored some of the buildings to their original glory.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a way to see in the new year with a guided night time tour around the park and camping with a guided daytime tour the next day. Lovely knowledgeable guide with a real passion for the place. Owners are very friendly too, this place is a wonderful treat and was an unexpected, spontaneous find for us on new years... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This Park was built before TVs, cinemas and radios. It has fallen into disrepair, but is so well worth the effort to visit. You can almost imagine it in the glory days. The tour guides are well versed in the local lore. It is nestled on a river and Mena Falls. Plan to spend the morning and early lunch enjoying... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited Paronella Park in the wet season and had a wonder time. Our guide Ollie was informative and had a great sense of fun. From the initial introduction to the park all the way through to when we left all the staff were fantastic. The plants and trees are beautiful and for the gardener the written plant guide is... More 

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