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Cairns: Paronella Park Ticket

4.9 / 5

29 reviews

Cairns: Paronella Park Ticket

From US$ 35 per person

Set amongst 7500 trees in the lush rainforests of Far North Queensland, Paronella Park is a wonderland of castles, tunnels, bridges, fountains and secret staircases built by the visionary Jose Paronella. Experience the realization of one man's dream.

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  • See Queensland's number one tourist attraction
  • Exlore the stunning grounds with surprises around every corner
  • Listen to your passionate guide tell the story of one man's dream, and the obstacles he overcame to build his wonderland
  • Experience the magic of Paronella Park at night with spectacular floodlit waterfalls and buildings brought to life via an experienced tour guide
  • Enjoy the serene setting with the sounds of the ever-flowing waterfall in the background
Full description
Allow a minimum of 3-hours to experience the wonder of Paronella Park. All you need is to purchase your Paronella Park ticket, and then you have the choice to join the following tours if you wish. Alternatively, you can walk around as you please. Paronella Park is open every day, from 09:00 until 19:00. Step back in time and be amazed by the ingenuity and determination shown by one man with a dream. Today, Paronella Park is a celebration of the Paronella family's achievements, particularly those of its founder, José Paronella. Paronella Park has something for everyone. Fantastic photo opportunities, remarkable architecture, an incredible story, 5 acres of tropical gardens, a fully restored and operational 1930s hydroelectric generator, wildlife and fish feeding, a boutique caravan and camping grounds, a café with fresh local produce and much more. You will arrive not knowing what to expect, and depart with memories you will cherish forever. You can join in the following ways, as you wish: - The Dream Continues Tour: A 35 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 09:30 until 16:30 - The Darkness Falls Tour: You will be shown the secrets and delights of Paronella Park at night - a special way to extend the Paronella Park experience. 18:15 each night. Duration is approximately 45 minutes
  • Entrance fee to Paronella Park
  • The Dream Continues Guided Your
  • The Darkness Falls Guided Tour
  • The Hydro Tour
  • Botanical guide
  • 1-night stay in the caravan park (subject to availability, booking essential)
  • 2 years return entry to Paronella Park
  • Meals and drinks
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You must bring your own headphones
  • You must fill out a travel information form

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  • Passport or ID card

Know before you go

  • Meal options: Enjoy a meal at the open air Café on the Deck, or bring your own picnic. Alternatively, stroll 200 meters down the road to Mena Creek Hotel
  • Caravan park and cabins: Consider staying overnight in the caravan park, or in one of the cabins - call 4065 0000 to book, or email for site availability
  • Self-Guided Botanical Walk: A 16 page booklet containing details of 88 of the park's flora. The trees are identified throughout the park
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 29 reviews

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Great experience, we didn’t plan on doing the guided half hour tour however we’re glad we did because the story of the park made walking around that much more interesting. Recommend if you’re in the area or heading up to cairns from Townsville like we were. The tour is part of the entry fee and alongside that you get one night free camping and park entry for 2 years.

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November 10, 2020

Magocal place, with an atmosphere that is unique. The story and history shared on the day brings it to life. Enjoyed the tour given by Les, who had is giggling. Then later at the night light show tour, we had the privilege to meet Mark, one of the owners, whose passion and respect for the park and its history was evident. Mandy, the guide, was also excellent looking out for everyone and pointing out a firefly that was behind us.

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October 17, 2020

this privately owned park is truly beautiful. definitely worth a trip. it's an easy 2-1/2 hour drive from Port Douglas where we were holidaying. the story of Paronella Park need to be heard, the park and ruins of a past era resonate with stories of hardship, love, pain and beauty . the Laronella family had a dream to create something beautiful and they certainly did this on the banks of the Mena River. tragedy and the Australian way of life will leave you in awe of this incredible scape to visit.

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July 4, 2019

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