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8 June Saturday

overcast 22 °C
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Paronella Park is a popular tourist attraction, now offering a 1 night powered site in the adjacent caravan park with our $40 per person admission fee. Pretty good deal. The caravan park is only tiny and at best fits 12 vans. Lucky we arrived early to grab a site. We set up Swifty at 10.00 am and ventured into the park for a day tour. It’s a walking tour through the castle ruins. Paronella park was built by a Spanish immigrant back in 1929. It was his intention to build the park for the pleasure of the public. It once hosted balls, theatre nights, tennis, swimming, tea gardens with musicians and dancers performing. It has a wonderful avenue of Kauri trees framing the waterfall at the end. When you go on the tour you learn all about his family history, which is amazing. The guy that built this park, Jose’ Paronella, was actually only a baker by trade in his home country. How he built this was INCREDIBLE, plus he pioneered the first hydro electric generating plant to power his park from the waterfall here and also pioneered the first flushing toilet and hot water cylinder. Unfortunately a fire destroyed the castle then a series of floods and more recently a couple of cyclones. The current owners now have permission to rebuild the ruined ballroom. Not easy as it now has a national trust listing. They hope to hold dances and movie nights as they once did in the 1940’s. We loved it there. We actually went on the night tour as well which is with a different tour guide who tells different stories and lights up the castle at night. Quite special.

Posted by buttermenthol 02:35 Archived in Australia

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