At Paronella Park, Mena Creek, Tropical North Queensland, the dream continues. The unforgettable holiday memories are the chance discoveries. Paronella Park is impossible to describe; you arrive not knowing what to expect and depart having experienced a unique piece of Australia.
The Park was developed in the 1920s and 1930s by Spanish immigrant Jose Paronella, an early eco-tourism operator. Visitors are amazed to find amongst the many buildings, North Queensland's first privately owned hydro electric system and fountains fed by the 60 feet Mena Creek Falls. Jose planted 7000 trees enabling the inclusion of a self guided botanical tour into the visitor experience. After successfully operating until his death in 1948, the Park was lost for 45 years. It was rediscovered in 1993.
The experience includes the story of Jose Paronella's dream (Day tours) 45 minutes and the evening experience (the night light-up and tour) one hour. Entry is valid for 12 months and also includes one night in the camping and caravan ...read more
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Paronella Park is a fairytale and an experience not be forgotten. It is a fantasy created not through a novel, storytelling or a film. This magical place on earth has been handcrafted by dedicated and inspirational people in an era of hardship and recession. It is now privately owned by a wonderful couple whom work against the struggles nature throws at them (cyclones, floods and storms) to preserve this amazing place for all of us to experience the magic that is, Paronella Park.
The drive to Paronella Park takes you through the great cane fields in North Queensland. It is a pleasant and quiet drive and once you familiarise yourself with Jos Paronellas history in the cane fields, it makes the drive more memorable. Upon arrival we were greeted by the current owner, Mark Evans, who is also aread more