Paronella Park, Mena Creek

4.4
#25 of 592 in Parks in Queensland
Nature / Park Must See
Sitting on 5 hectares (12.35 acres) by Mena Creek Falls, Paronella Park is the exquisite park Jose Paronella made a reality. To learn about the 7,500 tropical plants and trees that cover the park, take a 45-minute guided tour to hear the story of the park's creation before embarking on a self-guided botanical walk. Admire the castle and relax in the picnic area by the falls, and perhaps stay until the evening for a photo session on the flood-lit grounds. A visit to Paronella Park represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Mena Creek trip builder app to plot your vacation.
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  • nice setting in the lush rainforest of North Queensland. Interesting history. Probably a bit too expensive for what it is.  more »
  • What a perfect, peaceful place to visit! The park is well set out and the tour guide was wonderful explaining how Jose Paronella made his dream come true! The beautiful waterfalls and the fish, turtle...  more »
  • Beautiful park with a romantic story. Staff are very friendly. The connected camping place is also recommended.
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  • Such a beautiful place! Definitely worth the time to see it!! All the plants are just amazing to look at, along with the castle. So many little paths to follow and things to look at. Thank you Pablo for being our tour guide, giving us all the information about the park and showing us around!! :)
  • A daughter had visited some years before and told us we could not miss going there! She was right, it is a bizarre story with history, culture, hydro power and gardening....and a magical atmosphere especially at night.(Lots of bats too for the enthusiasts). Free parking for campers for one night is inspired, though it will be even better when campers can pay to stay a second night at the new site up the road. The vision of the new owners is to see this piece of Australian history preserved and perhaps even partially rebuilt. The enthusiasm was infectious ! Great place to visit.....weird and wonderful.
  • Really Cool place. The guides were very personable and full of information. It's worth a visit during the day and an 8 pm tour as well. The lighting is magical and you never know what critters you'll see. If you're nearby, or thinking of it, get in and support this truly unique piece of multicultural history.
  • Very interesting attraction. Free camping with admission and great camping facilities. Owner, Mark, is really hands on and was at the park both times we were there. The staff are friendly but sometimes are not that knowledgeable about the park. If you get a chance to talk to some of the permanent staff or the owner they will answer all your questions.
  • Great historic place to visit, a romantic place to take a partner. If you visit you need to do both the day and night tours, the place takes on a different atmosphere with the waterfall and walk ways lit. If you have the time, stay the night to soak in the views at your measure.

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