Don’t miss this!  We didn’t stay overnight, as we were on a day trip – I will do that next time I am near Cairns, and take a night tour.

Paronella Park

José Paronella’s dream was to build a castle. He chose a special part of Australia and created Paronella Park.

Tour guides talk you through five hectares of discoveries. Built beside Mena Creek Falls you’ll see the castle, picnic area, tennis courts, bridges, a tunnel, and wrapped it up in an amazing range of 7,500 tropical plants and trees (now a lush rainforest!).

If you have issues with mobility, staff will even drive you to some locations so you can take in the full magnificence of the property.

After the tour we were free to stroll through the Kauri Pine avenue, walk the suspension bridge or feed the turtles.

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 also the site of Queensland’s first privately owned hydro electric plant.

Admission includes camping for 24 hours (subject to availability), 2 years return entry, day and night guided tours, food for fish, eels and turtles and botanical guide. Dog sitting is available at the entry. Mena Creek Hotel is 250m from the park – renamed “The Paddock”, it is an overflow camping area for Paronella Park.

Paronella Park will be a new listing in CAMPS 10, situated between Mission Beach and Innisfail. The experience is VOTED #1 MUST DO in QLD by RACQ.

Enjoying Paronella Park

kate exploring the park


Paronella Park Fish

Feeding the turtles

Paronella Park Gardens

Mena Creek Falls


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