Paronella Park
Paronella Park
4.5
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
About
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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  • Pacificwoman59
    340 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Paranella Park worth the trip
    We have wanted to go to Paranella Park for many years and we weren't disappointed. It's fascinating to see the ruins of the castle and the other buildings. Be sure to do the free half hour tour as it really does give you so much more information about the family. And don't leave without going to the cafe and having a devonshire tea. The best we've had in years!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 July 2023
  • Nanette B
    Australian Capital Territory, Australia31 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An absolute must see.
    This place is extraordinary. Its creation at all tells of one man's determination to make his dreams come true, and the legacy is maintained by family and now the new owners. The staff could not be friendlier, and our guide Angie was full of knowledge and extremely personable. All physical abilities are well catered for, and everything is accessible. The grounds are magnificent by day and night - I strongly recommend both a day and night tour. The accommodation and facilities were great too. Throw in the Skywalk and a meal at the Mena Hotel and you have the perfect day.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 August 2023
  • Janeane1965
    Melbourne, Australia893 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Simply Magical
    Oh wow thank you Jose Paronella for turning your dream and vision into reality for people like me to enjoy. What an incredible and serene location. Learning of your journey and tragedies along the way make this place even more beautiful. Congratulations and what a wonderful experience you created for us. A must see in FNQ. Entry ticket gets you 2 x to enter including night show and one night complimentary at caravan park.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 August 2023
  • elizabeth P
    Melbourne, Australia29 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Passionate owners
    I'm not sure I've ever been to a business where you can say the owners are as passionate and dedicated as Mark & Judy. When Mark speaks you can hear how much they respect what the Paronella family have created and their story. Tour guide Younes was well educated in the grounds and all its history. He had a comical side and embraced the crazy kids we had. Our day tour was great, we walked and listened to our tour guide and then set off to explore. Kids under 5 managed the walk with no real issues. Pram/wheel chair friendly as they offer you a lift down the hill if required. The night tour was spectacular, very tranquil and a little surreal something like this is still around. Over all a great experience. One small whine - more signage/larger signals of where things were/used to be/what they are, maybe even a photo or two in some places, but as I said small things. Thanks for a great day/night out.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 17 September 2023
  • Tina M
    Cairns, Australia1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Do a Tour With Trudy
    My sister her friend and myself did the 3pm tour with Trudy, It was amazing, Trudy had so much knowledge which she shared with us. I would go back just to do another tour with Trudy. Nothing was to much trouble and she make us all feel welcome.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 October 2023
  • Carl C
    Townsville, Australia10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mesmerizing attraction in the rainforest fantastic attraction
    This was a fantastic way to spend the afternoon/evening. We did the afternoon tour at about 3:30pm. Then walked across the suspension bridge to the mena ck pub and had dinner. Then went back to the park for night tour. Megan was our tour guide and the passion and dedication of her and all the staff was like nothing I’ve ever seen. Well done guys. Very highly recommend
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 December 2023
  • 906chas1953
    Adelaide, Australia29 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful day at a park with so much history
    We went with Simon from Tropic Tours. Visits included Babinda Boulders, Etty Bay, Paronella Park with Tea at the Mena Creek Hotel. A wonderful experience in a truly lovely forest area with amazing water flows and an inspiring history of perseverance and dedication. A hugely knowledgeable guide, Simon has a family link to the park and instilled his personable touch to the story. The night light show was a highlight. Highly recommend this trip.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 17 February 2024
  • Mark E
    Whitianga, New Zealand703 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sydney to Cairns 2023
    We drove up from Townsville to Mena Creek where The Peronnella Park is located. A lovely drive through sugar cane and banana plantations. We booked in for one night at their camp ground which was included with the Admission tickets for both the Day and Night tour. There are limited parks for campervans and caravans and a few cabins available. The cabins done have toilet or showers. The facilities were clean and tidy and the grounds we'll kept. The park is well worth the tour both day and night tours were great. The park has been through several floods as it's nestled below a warefall. The park was created by one man and it was for his fiance back in Europe but when he went back for her after a number of years, she'd moved on and married another so he married her sister and they had their family here. An interesting fact about the park us that it had one of the first hydro electric plants in the country and it still powers the park though it has been refurbished. There is a nice cafe on site. Bring plenty of insect spray if you do the night tour. Guides are very good.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 April 2024
  • JRC-Adelaide
    Adelaide, Australia83 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This one is not to miss
    Really enjoyed the park. Looking at how the buildings were built and how the falls were named. Really enjoyed this great place. If taking small children be prepared to carry them quite a bit. Fantastic for everyone. Don't miss it as it's worth the drive
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 June 2024
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Allen P
87 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We popped in on Tues 28 May 2024.
This is an absolutely fantastic attraction and experience.
Please add this to your itinerary - you will not be disappointed.
We visited in the daytime - there are guided tours every 30 minutes. This is the story of a hard-working Italian who built the whole Park by himself, in the early 1900’s.
There is also a café and shop there. Plenty parking.
Highly recommended.
Written 17 June 2024
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JRC-Adelaide
Adelaide, Australia83 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Family
Really enjoyed the park. Looking at how the buildings were built and how the falls were named. Really enjoyed this great place. If taking small children be prepared to carry them quite a bit. Fantastic for everyone. Don't miss it as it's worth the drive
Written 11 June 2024
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karen m
wyongah96 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
This was an amazing place to visit and to hear the true story of how it came about the staff were amazing good value for money as the ticket lasts you for 2 years
Written 27 May 2024
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Roz R
Legian, Indonesia22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Loved the tour and then we spent another 2 hours walking around. It was just beautiful. Staff were so friendly and our tour guide Chiara was very well informed. Just a great day out for our Sydney visitors as well.
Written 26 May 2024
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Dann_Mandi
Brisbane, Australia66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stunning vision from almost 100 years ago. Jose Paronella had a dream and, even though it is not in its original state, the beauty is still easy to imagine. We went on the day and night tours and they are both a must. The falls were in full flow and the light show at night was spectacular. Staying at The Paddock caravan park was well appointed. Cannot recommend this enough.
Written 8 May 2024
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Mark E
Whitianga, New Zealand703 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
We drove up from Townsville to Mena Creek where The Peronnella Park is located.

A lovely drive through sugar cane and banana plantations.

We booked in for one night at their camp ground which was included with the Admission tickets for both the Day and Night tour.

There are limited parks for campervans and caravans and a few cabins available.
The cabins done have toilet or showers.

The facilities were clean and tidy and the grounds we'll kept.

The park is well worth the tour both day and night tours were great. The park has been through several floods as it's nestled below a warefall.

The park was created by one man and it was for his fiance back in Europe but when he went back for her after a number of years, she'd moved on and married another so he married her sister and they had their family here.

An interesting fact about the park us that it had one of the first hydro electric plants in the country and it still powers the park though it has been refurbished.

There is a nice cafe on site.

Bring plenty of insect spray if you do the night tour.

Guides are very good.
Written 13 April 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Knocker1963
St. John's, Canada37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We did the day tour and went back again for the night tour and light show. It was amazing to hear the story, the storms it has survived and the amount of preservation work that has been done to it for everyone to enjoy. Fun to feed the fish and turtles as well if you have kids.
Written 5 April 2024
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Barbara B
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
This an amazing place is a must do if your in the area,It was raining which we didnt mind as we had a free range and not to busy
Written 2 April 2024
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jprd134
17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Really a magical and unique place, with a charm and inspiration. We have spend the night in the powered campground just next to the park, included in the visit ticket, really a great value!!!
And the best part was the guided tour with KEN, special mention for him who is so passionate and thankful to share the story of this place. For my girlfriend who is not perfect with English understanding, it was the first time she understood everything because Ken did his job so well. Thanks to you for this.
Julien and Amandine, visit of the 11th March at 4.30 pm.
Written 14 March 2024
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906chas1953
Adelaide, Australia29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
We went with Simon from Tropic Tours. Visits included Babinda Boulders, Etty Bay, Paronella Park with Tea at the Mena Creek Hotel. A wonderful experience in a truly lovely forest area with amazing water flows and an inspiring history of perseverance and dedication. A hugely knowledgeable guide, Simon has a family link to the park and instilled his personable touch to the story. The night light show was a highlight. Highly recommend this trip.
Written 17 February 2024
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