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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. 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 (Old Bruce Highway), Mena Creek, Queensland 4871, Australia
+61 7 4065 0000
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Reviewed 2 days ago

A beautiful place to spend some time learning about history of the region, allow about 2 hours to fully enjoy, self drive as you might not get enough time on a bus tour that has other places to visit on the same day (ie they...More

Thank FNQquirky
Reviewed 3 days ago

I found this park sublime. Yes, it is in need of maintenance but it is so easy to see right past that. but when you see the amount that needs to be done, you realise the owners are trying their hardest to keep it all...More

Thank nomaddiction
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Stopped at Paronella Park on the drive between Townsville and Cairns. Did a tour and learnt about the fascinating and unique history of how it all began. The grounds are beautiful and you could spend hours wandering on a fine day. A must see if...More

Thank Michelle091
Reviewed 3 days ago

I have been passed Paronella Park previously and finally had the opportunity to stop in for a look. The entrance fee is fairly steep but I thought it was probably due to the upkeep on the park. It was disappointing that for 2 adults at...More

Thank Troy C
Reviewed 3 days ago

This is an absolute must if travelling up north in .Qld. One mans dream is still being kept alive and what a dream it was. Castles in a rain forest, awesome. The owners Mark and Judy having a wonderful collection of helpful staff who are...More

Thank Cheryn M
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Paronella park is one man's dream to build a castle, which he succeeded in doing. However over time the buildings have deteriorated. The gardens are beautiful and the tours are interesting. They are next to a river and waterfalls. It is interesting to see how...More

Thank Hilary G
Reviewed 3 days ago

Nothing is to difficult for this park. They lead you to a caravan park, drive you back to the main park, take you back in a car, come and pick you up for other tours in the park. All very professional and welcoming. The tour...More

Thank Allen R
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Day out with friends. Easy walking tracks for any age. Great views and friendly service. If you do Paronella park buy the double pass for must do train from kuranda. If you Mamu Tropical Skywalk as you get a discount on price and save dollars....More

Thank Awesumcuple
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Thank you Mark and Judy Evans for keeping the dream alive at Paronella park. As a local I visited yesterday with visiting relatives. As usual it is an amazing experience. It is a must see thing to do when visiting Cairns and surrounds. The story...More

1  Thank Joyce N
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

What an amazing experience! We arrived at 11am today and did not expect to still be in the area or the park at 7:30pm. We have a 5yr old and a 2yr old and we all throughly enjoyed ourselves. The history of the park partnered...More

Thank Stacey P
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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
26 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
18 November 2015|
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