Paronella Park is nothing if not unique, Built by José Paronella and his wife Margarita between 1929 and 1935, they had a dream to create Pleasure Gardens that the whole community could enjoy.
Construction began soon after they paid £120 to purchase the 13 acres of virgin scrub on the banks of Mena Creek in 1929.
The Gardens and reception centre officially opened some 6 years later in 1935 with refreshment rooms and a theatre set amongst more than 7000 trees and plants that made up the gardens.
Only the house they lived in was built using stone, the remainder of the structures were made of poured reinforced concrete including the castle, staircases and water features.
Reinforcing for the concrete was provided by old railway track and the concrete covered in a plaster of clay and cement which was applied by hand leaving hand prints that can still be seen today.
The Park has endured through floods, cyclones and all manner of disasters since it was created and after being passed down through generations of the Paronella family, was purchased by Mark and Judy Evans, the current owner/operators in 1993.
Mark and Judy developed a plan to put the park back on the map. Their approach has been to treat the park as a work of art, and rather than rebuilding the park, have worked lovingly to maintain and preserve it. They have however taken on small restoration projects to uncover and improve pathways, and the Museum, which is an ongoing project, is continuously being enhanced.
Today the park is an award winning tourist destination and enjoys a reputation as a place of old world charm, romance and rare beauty, the park also caters for weddings which gives guests the chance to enjoy a truly memorable occasion.
With the completion of a restoration project of The Hydro Electric generating plant, originally commissioned in 1933, and the earliest in North Queensland, the park now boasts great environmental credentials as the plant once again supplies power to the entire Park.
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