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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 via mobile

This is a must do if you are in Northern Queensland. It is a magical place. The park offers tours every 30 minutes during the day and night tours. These are all included in the price of your ticket as is a night's accommodation in...More

Thank Helen S
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We visited paronella park. The history to this place is incredible. Such a pity it is no longer showing its former glory. But the story behind this North Queensland gem is none the less intriguing. We had a wonderful tour by Pablo and heard the...More

Thank Michael C
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Some one must be paying people to rate this so highly ! No where on web site saying this is 45 dollars an adult to look at ruins ! Better value at sea world ! U drive for hours and find u won't get change...More

Thank Normandy_sr2
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We have just had the most amazing couple of hours walking around this amazing park our wonderful guide Shannon was enthralling to listen to the history of Paronella Park when you actually see the lie of the land we were so awe struck to try...More

Thank LesleyandBarry
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This is the most interesting place this castle was built years ago and it's being rebuilt in stages. It's hard to believe this one man built it he had a great vision. You can have a day or and night tour. We did both and...More

Thank Pam W
Reviewed 5 days ago

This was absolutely amazing and the tours are very interesting and informative (thank you Pablo (our tour guide)). Everything in the park is so fascinating, from the beautiful waterfalls, to the fairy-tale atmosphere of the park, its a must do in north QLD! You will...More

Thank Becca3611
Reviewed 6 days ago

Not just a testament to a dream but a demonstration of a man's outstanding abilities as an architect, engineer, builder and hard worker. Well worth a visit as this is really a most unusual and outstanding attraction. The only disappointment is being unable to swim...More

Thank Mantone
Reviewed 6 days ago

We had free tickets with our accomodation so didn't really do much research and know what to expect, there isn't much to do in Mission Beach so we thought why not go for a drive and check it out but we LOVED it definitely do...More

Thank Kylie B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

MUST DO!! Our whole family (kids aged 4 - 11yrs) LOVED our time at Paronella Park. We did the day and night tours and highly recommend both, even for kids. The staff here are exceptional, very friendly and passionately knowledgable about Paronella Park. We also...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We travelled down from Cairns to experience this place as I had read so much about it. It did not disappoint. We waited only a short while for a guided tour (no extra cost) and found it to be very worthwhile. Carlo, our guide, happened...More

Thank Valerie C
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Tracey Y
4 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
19 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