Paronella Park

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Date: 31 Oct 2019 [unknown]
Location: Queensland, Australiamap
Surname/tag: Paronella
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The Spanish Castle in the Rainforest.

The Spanish Castle.

Paronella Park, a heritage listed tourist attraction, built at Mena Creek in a virgin rainforest setting, beside Mena Creek Falls, 120 kilometres south of Cairns in North Queensland, Australia.

The Stairway.

It was built in the 1930's by Jose Paronella (1888 - 1948), a successful cane farmer. He purchased the land in about 1929 and began building his vision, a castle in the Catalan style, instilled by memories of his youth in Spain. Jose returned to Spain, found and married his bride, Margarita, at about this time, and the newlyweds returned to Paronella Park and begin many years work to fulfil Jose's dream. During this time the were blessed with two children, a boy, Jose, and a girl, Teresa. Jose passed away in 1948 and Margarita in 1967 and their children continued to run the park until 1977, when it was sold.

The Paronella Park Complex.

See Also:

  • Find A Grave, database and images : accessed 31 October 2019), memorial page for Joseph Pedro Enrique “Jose” Paronella (26 Feb 1887–23 Aug 1948), Find A Grave: Memorial #189581509, citing Innisfail Cemetery, Innisfail, Cassowary Coast Region, Queensland, Australia ; Maintained by klaudekowan (contributor 48841303) .
  • Paronella Park, wikipedia
  • Canecutterway, NQ


  • Wikimedia Commons for photos.


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