Paronella Park

Everyone has a dream but not everyone’s dreams are fulfilled. José Paronella’s dream was to build a castle. He chose a special part of Australia and created Paronella Park.

On 5 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 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).

This system, completely restored in 2009, provides Paronella Park with all of its electricity requirements.

The café on the deck at Paronella Park offers a range of quick and healthy meal options with an emphasis on fresh and not fast food.

Locally sourced ingredients and locally produced condiments (available for purchase from the Paronella Park gift shop) provide diners with a true taste of the tropics.

A beautiful setting to enjoy great coffee, delicious scones, fresh sandwiches or the best banana smoothie in Queensland.



Phone: (07) 4065 0000

Fax: (07) 4065 3022

Address: Japoonvale Road (Old Bruce Highway), Mena Creek QLD 4871

Paronella Park has been used in the shooting of the following films:
“The Silent Woman” (Australia)
“Sniper” (USA)
“Traps“ (Australia)
“Major Saab” (India)
More detail on this can be found on the Paronella Park website