Building a dream

Things to do Cairns, Mission Beach
Paronella Park - things to do Cairns

Paronella Park is based on one man’s dream. His name was Joe Paronella and his dream was to build a castle.

Paronella Park historical photo

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Located on 5 hectares beside Mean Creek Falls, Paronella Park is about a 120km self-drive from Cairns.

Here are some quick facts about Paronella Park:

  • José Paronella arrived in Australia from Catalonia in Spain, in 1913.
  • The park officially opened in 1935.
  • The park itself consists of a castle, a picnic area by the falls, tennis courts, bridges and a tunnel.
  • Over 7,500 tropical plants and trees
  • Queensland’s first privately owned hydro electric plant.
  • There are day, night and wedding experiences available.


Paronella Park daytime

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Paronella Park night time

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Paronella Park Wedding

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Want to learn more about Joe Paronella’s dream?

Visit Paronella Park today.