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 13 acres beside Mena Creek Falls he built his castle, picnic areas at the lakeside, tennis courts, tunnels and bridges - and wrapped it up in an amazing range of 7000 tropical plants and trees.
We only visited the Park because we passed it on our way from Undara to Cairns. It is an amazing story, but I was not really impressed - it's not on my top list to see a Spanish castle in Queensland, Australia.
The park is located 1½ hours drive from Cairns. You can also stay at the caravan park, which is located next to the Paronella Park. One night free camping is included in the park entry fee.
The "Bush Tucker Walk and Indigenous Cultural Performance" was the most exciting thing in the Paronella Park. It's a 45 minutes tour, explaining the uses of many of the trees as food, medicines, tools, shelter etc. The walk also includes demos of shelter making and fire lighting.
The walk is followed by a 15 minutes culturally authentic dance performance (and didgeridoo playing) by the local aboriginal people.
Besides the "Bush Tucker Walk and Indigenous Cultural Performance", there are 2 or 3 other guided tours in the park.