Paronella Park, Mena Creek

#26 of 335 in Parks in Queensland
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. For travelers who use our world travel planner, Mena Creek holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Paronella Park and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • August 16, 2017
    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 friendl...  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    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 wor...  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    It was much better than expected. Not just beautiful waterfall, parks and mansions, but also rich interesting history behind. Thank you very much for our caring and enthusiastic Cantonese speaking gui...  more »
  • Worth a visit, especially if staying overnight as entry includes site in the camping area (powered or unpowered - book ahead if you can), day and evening tours, and a 2 year pass! Very good value. Some visitors may prefer a self-guided tour with booklet as the passionate tour guides are very informative and you may be standing for a while before moving on, very few seats available during tour. Congrats to current owners and staff who are dedicated in their quest to restore this fascinating piece of history despite the ravages of Mother Nature. Keep the dream alive guys.
  • This was an outstanding tourism place. Everything from my guide Derek to the place itself was amazing. Definitely would recommend everyone to check this place out. The castle and the fact one man did it all is crazy. The fact the place also has a suspension bridge and a waterfall is a added bonus.
  • A piece of the rainforest, planted with all manner of exotic plants and trees. And the buildings and story were fascinating. Felt like discovering a hidden treasure. If you're in a hired camper they let you stay for free in the camping ground next to it as part of your entrance to the park. That also have a night tour we couldn't stay for but that sounded great.
  • The tour was great and very informative could be a lot shorter. The park was AMAZING. So beautiful and peaceful. feeding the turtles and fish was so fun. A must see definitely worth the entry fee.
  • Wow - is the only way I can describe the park. I'm so glad it had been found and brought back into action. José would be more than proud. Unfortunately some parts had been destroyed in previous weather events however the magic continues and reconstruction projects are on the way. The $45 entry fee (normal adult) is well worth the money - includes camping, day and night tours (day tours as many as you like, they start every 30min), entry ticket valid for 2 years. It's worth doing both day and night tour as you will experience it in a completely different way. A big thank you to all the staff who are taking you through the journey. Especially thank you to Mandy who was our guide on both tours and had been incredibly informative, funny and awesome. Also thank you to Suzie​ who wasn't supposed to but gave us a tour of the old hydro pump station, your effort and knowledge have been very much appreciated. All in all it is a great experience for the whole family if you love rainforests, castles and have a passion for interesting stories, the park is full of it. Don't forget to feed the millions of fish and turtles at the north eastern end of the park.

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