Everyone has a dream but not everyone’s dreams are fulfilled. José Paronella’s dream was to build a castle. He chose a special part of Australia and created Paronella Park. 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 (now a lush rainforest!). It opened to the public in 1935. Paronella Park has received multiple Queensland tourism awards, is State and National Heritage listed and is a National Trust listed property. It is privately owned and operated and Eco accredited. Paronella Park is the site of Queensland’s 1st privately owned hydro electric plant.
On arrival, our guests are taken through the many highlights of the Park on a 45 minute storytelling tour. This tour sets the scene for the rest of your visit.
Paronella Park has something for everyone. Fantastic photo opportunities, remarkable architecture, an incredible story, 5ha of tropical gardens, a fully restored and operational 1930’s hydro electric generator, wildlife and fish feeding, a boutique caravan and camping grounds, a café with fresh local produce and much more.
You arrive not knowing what to expect and depart with memories you will cherish forever.
Included in your ticket price, the night tour features flood lighting of many of the Park’s highlights (courtesy of the restored hydro electric generator!). This allows for some incredible photo opportunities.
More of the Park’s secrets are revealed allowing our guests further insight into the Paronella Park story.