Paronella Park

Originally created in the 1930's by José Paronella, a man with a dream, Paronella Park continues to be enjoyed by visitors from near and far. Jose Paronella’s dream was to build a castle. He chose a special part of Australia and created Paronella Park. On 6 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. It was 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, (1933).

The Love Story

José Paronella arrived in Australia from Catalonia in Spain, in 1913. For the next 11 years he worked, cutting sugar cane initially, then purchasing, improving, and reselling cane farms. In 1924 he returned to Spain and married Margarita in 1925. The trip back to Australia was their honeymoon. To find out the remaining part of this amazing love story you will have to take the time to experience the magic of Paronella Park……..

Paronella Park is open seven days a week from 9am to 7.30pm except Christmas Day.


The Dream Continues Tour.
A 45 minute guided walk takes the visitor through the highlights of the Park and tells the story of José Paronella’s dreams and vision.
Departs every 30 minutes from 9.30am until 4.30pm.

The Darkness Falls Tour
The Visitor is shown the secrets and delights that are Paronella Park at Night - a special way to extend the Paronella Park Experience.
6.15pm each night. Duration 1 hour approx.

Self-guided Botanical Walk
A 16 page Listing Booklet containing details of 88 of the Park's flora. The trees are identified throughout the Park.


Adult - $44
Pensioner - $39
Children (5 -15 years) - $23
Family Deal (2 adults and 2 children under 15 years) - $124
Family Deal (2 adults and 3 children under 15 years) - $134

Prices Current as at April, 2016. Please contact Mission Beach Holidays to confirm pricing.

Contact Us for Further Information

Please contact us for further information about this tour, we are happy to answer any questions you may have, or help you fit this tour into your North Queensland travel itinerary. To book this tour, send us your details through our bookings facility.

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