Yesterday we visited awe inspiring Paronella Park on our heritage tour of far North Queensland.
Heritage listed in May 1999, Paronella Park was the life-long labour of love for Jose Paronella, a Spanish migrant in the early 20th century. The park was open to the public and managed by the Paronella family until around 1979, when Jose’s children sold it after their mother’s passing.
The park sat unmanaged for nearly 14 years after a fire damaged many of the feature structures of the park. During this time the rainforest took much of the landscape back creating the incredible ambiance the park has today.
27 years ago, the fabulous Mark and Judy purchased the park and have lovingly restored aspects, keeping with the heritage guidelines governing the park. Speaking with them, you have a real sense of aliveness of the Paronella’s vision and a deep respect for what Jose and Margarite achieved.
This has been a highlight of our trip so far and a must see, even if you’re not heritage buff’s as we are.