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Project Description

Paronella Park

Step back in time and be amazed by the ingenuity of one man with a dream. Paronella Park was built in the 1930s by José Paronella (ca.1888 – 23 August 1948), a Spanish immigrant. Paronella’s dream was to build a castle. He chose a special part of Australia and created Paronella Park.

Today, Paronella Park has an incredible combination of the 7,500 plants, trees and ferns. The park has become an amazing habitat for hundreds of varieties of birds, butterflies, fish and many other animals. Since his death, a fire, a cyclone and several floods have badly damaged the park and the buildings. The park changed owners several times until, in 1993, it was bought by the present owners.

Activities

Paronella Park has something to offer for everyone. From fantastic photo opportunities of remarkable architecture and wildlife to a boutique camping ground and a cafe. Park entrance includes the following tours:

The Dream Continues Tour

On arrival you can take a 45 minute guided walk which takes you through all the highlights of Paronella Park and tells the extraordinary story of Jose Paronella. The tour departs every 30 minutes from 9.30am until 4.30pm

The Darkness Falls Tour

The Paronella Park experience continues into the evening with The Darkness Falls Tour. This tour departs every night at 6.15pm and will take approximately one hour.

Botanical Walk

The Botanical Walk is a self-guided you with the aid of a 16-page booklet explaining the park’s flora.

The Hydro Tour

Have a look at North Queensland’s first river-driven Hydro Electric Generator. The generator was commissioned in 1933 and refurbished in 2009. It provides all the power used by the Park.

Getting there

When driving from Cairns to Paronella Park, be sure to head to Mena Creek. Take the “OLD” Bruce Highway after Innisfail rather than turning right and heading for Townsville along the Bruce Highway. Just south of Innisfail (before the Old Bruce Highway) you will find a Visitor Information Centre.

Prices

Paronella Park is open every day 9 AM – 7:30 PM, except on Christmas Day. Your ticket to Paronella Park is valid for 24 months.

Adults
$45

Pensioners
$40

Children – (5-15)
$24

Step back in time and be amazed by the ingenuity of one man with a dream. Paronella Park was built in the 1930s by José Paronella (ca.1888 – 23 August 1948), a Spanish immigrant. Paronella’s dream was to build a castle. He chose a special part of Australia and created Paronella Park.

Today, Paronella Park has an incredible combination of the 7,500 plants, trees and ferns. The park has become an amazing habitat for hundreds of varieties of birds, butterflies, fish and many other animals. Since his death, a fire, a cyclone and several floods have badly damaged the park and the buildings. The park changed owners several times until, in 1993, it was bought by the present owners.

Activities

Paronella Park has something to offer for everyone. From fantastic photo opportunities of remarkable architecture and wildlife to a boutique camping ground and a cafe. Park entrance includes the following tours:

The Dream Continues Tour

On arrival you can take a 45 minute guided walk which takes you through all the highlights of Paronella Park and tells the extraordinary story of Jose Paronella. The tour departs every 30 minutes from 9.30am until 4.30pm

The Darkness Falls Tour

The Paronella Park experience continues into the evening with The Darkness Falls Tour. This tour departs every night at 6.15pm and will take approximately one hour.

Botanical Walk

The Botanical Walk is a self-guided you with the aid of a 16-page booklet explaining the park’s flora.

The Hydro Tour

Have a look at North Queensland’s first river-driven Hydro Electric Generator. The generator was commissioned in 1933 and refurbished in 2009. It provides all the power used by the Park.

Getting there

When driving from Cairns to Paronella Park, be sure to head to Mena Creek. Take the “OLD” Bruce Highway after Innisfail rather than turning right and heading for Townsville along the Bruce Highway. Just south of Innisfail (before the Old Bruce Highway) you will find a Visitor Information Centre.

Prices

Paronella Park is open every day 9 AM – 7:30 PM, except on Christmas Day. Your ticket to Paronella Park is valid for 24 months.

Adults
$45

Pensioners
$40

Children – (5-15)
$24