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Paronella Park: Our most recommended tours and activities

Paronella Park and Mamu Tropical Skywalk Ticket Combo

1. Paronella Park and Mamu Tropical Skywalk Ticket Combo

Spend a great day out south of Cairns at 2 top attractions. Plan your own day and embrace the flexibility of staying as long as you like at each location. At Mamu Tropical Skywalk, listen to the stories of the original indigenous peoples of the rainforest and the early European settlers. Enjoy the scenic majesty of this world heritage and learn more about the site with audio guides provided in 8 languages. This wheelchair and stroller-friendly attraction offers light refreshments for sale. At Paronella Park, a short 35-minute drive from the Skywalk, join a 45-minute guided tour telling the story of one of Australia's early settlers, Jose Paronella. Spend the rest of your time strolling the avenues and learning about the flora and fauna with a comprehensive botanical guide. You can also choose to have lunch at the cafe on the deck, feed the fish, cross the suspension bridge above the falls, or stroll 200 meters up the road to the wonderful Mena Creek Hotel for lunch or a cool drink.

Cairns: Paronella Park Ticket

2. Cairns: Paronella Park Ticket

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

Paronella Park, Lake Barrine, and Milla Milla Falls Day Tour

3. Paronella Park, Lake Barrine, and Milla Milla Falls Day Tour

Departure from Cairns, we head south travelling past Walsh’s Pyramid, one of the largest naturally formed pyramids in the world. Here your guide will stop so you can grab a photo of this unique North Queensland landmark. Now it’s time to travel up the World Heritage listed Gillies Highway climbing 730 metres above sea level whilst enjoying the breathtaking views over the Goldsborough Valley. Just before the top of the amazing Gillies Range is a short photo opportunity at the Heales Lookout before heading into the gorgeous Atherton Tablelands. Our first stop is beautiful World Heritage Listed Lake Barrine Crater Lake National Park. On arrival, your tour guide will take you on a short walk to visit the 1000-year-old Twin Kauri Pines, true giants of the rainforest. Enjoy a Wonderful Devonshire Morning Tea, before we depart and head to the historical town of Yungaburra. This beautiful village is recognised as having the most Nationally Listed Heritage buildings in Queensland. Here your guide will take you on a driving tour around this quaint town showcasing the many Nationally Heritage buildings. Next stop is The Curtain Fig Tree located in the Curtain Fig Tree National Park. This amazing feat of nature reaching 45+ metres up into the tropical rainforest canopy. Here your guide will guide you around on the boardwalk interpreting the amazing formation of this 600-800-year old epiphyte while also looking out for endemic wildlife species in the rainforest canopy, like the rare Lumholtz Tree Kangaroo. From here, we will head through the historical dairy town of Malanda, home to Australia’s oldest continuously running commercial picture theatre. Your guide will drive you around this charming town showcasing the beautiful old pub & theatre. Travelling through extensive beef, dairy, sugar cane & other diverse types of farming areas, we arrive at Millaa Millaa Falls – one of Australia’s most photographed waterfalls. Here you will have an option of swimming under the cool waters falling 20 metres over an ancient volcanic lava flow formed over 1 million years ago or you can sit back, relax & enjoy the tranquility of nature. Now it’s time to descend from the mountains down the Palmerstone Highway through sugar cane & banana fields to the coastal town of Innisfail, where we enjoy our delicious Lunch. Paronella Park is the next destination with a 45-minute guided tour in English, Chinese or Japanese. The tour will guide you through the extensive National Trust Gardens while learning the rich history of Hose Paronella’s wonderful achievements & his colourful history of how he built his Spanish Castle in the rainforest; you will have amazing photo opportunities of the breathtaking Mena Creek & Theresa falls & much more. We spend approx 2.5 hours here allowing plenty of free time to enjoy the rest of the park at a leisurely pace after the guided walk. We then make our way back to Cairns.

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What people are saying about Paronella Park

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 63 reviews

An excellent day/night activity, booked at the Paddock on a powered site beside the Mena Creek Pub which was a great easy access flat site, easy short walk to Paronella Park where we thoroughly enjoyed the park, tour was very informative from Bridget. Lovely pub with very friendly staff, unfortunately no chef, meal was ok, night tour was also very informative with really friendly staff. Skywalk was easy walking, lovely quiet walk through the forest, unfortunately only saw two bush turkeys and one small bird, lookouts were very good. Hoping to see more birds and animals. Definitely well worth doing, especially if you can do all and stay the night. A highlight of our travels

Paronella park was beautiful and the tour helped better understand the history we loved it. Mamu skywalk is just amazing to be so high up walking through the beautiful rain Forrest and highly recommended. Just be aware the two sites are around a 30 minute drive from each other.

Michelle was an excellent tour guide from start to finish. Very educational and informative so would highly recommend this company for an enjoyable day out!

Great place to visit. Interesting tour. Great scenery and history

It’s an amazing park that you must visit in Cairns!