The Look: Paronella Park

Jose Paronella had a dream: to build a castle. 

In 1937, he opened Paronella Park, the first pleasure garden in Far North Queensland, Australia, which he built with his bare hands for in his wife, Margerita.  Seven and a half decades later, this archaic castle lies within the midst of pristine rainforest and remains a magical fairytale to all who visit...

 

 
 
Over 70 years ago, this beautiful waterfall provided the park with hydroelectric power that was used for the ballroom and it's giant disco ball. Just imagine this beautiful place in the 1930s: there were rowing boats to glide under the waterfall, diving platforms and even changing rooms so women could change into their glamorous gowns for the evening entertainment. Today, swimming is prohibited, with regular sightings of saltwater crocodiles- argh!

  
Each evening, visitors are awed by the sight of the main castle lighting up, perfectly framing the lit up waterfall in the distance.
 
 


Jake wears (haha- he'll kill me):

This is my third visit to the breathtaking Paronella Park, which still fills me with wonder as soon as I step through the gates. It's hard to believe that, out of love for his wife, this man built an entire castle and amusement park. After the death of the family, this place was left buried in the rainforest, and the dream was forgotten.

Luckily, 25 years ago, a family began renovating the park and now it lies a true reflection of it's post-war counterpart. Between the arrays of lush rainforest lays hidden pathways, hand-made waterfalls and Hispanic architecture.

This place is also special for Jake and I, as it is one of the places he took me on one of our first dates. This was when I was a backpacker, who never imagined living in such a beautiful area. Two years later, the stunning rainforest is just in my back garden!

Rachel
xoxo

38 comments:

  1. Amazing photos. Love your outfit. xx

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  2. Love the look and that gorgeous castle. Your last photo is the prettiest. Gorgeous! Great look.

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    1. Thanks, it's such a beautiful place xx

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  3. Never heard of it before. Such a nice story, dear! Seems to be an amazing park!

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    1. A lot of people don't seem to have. I think they should make a movie about it xx

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  4. So pretty! The photos are amazing too!

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  5. Wow this park looks so amazing
    xo
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  6. Hi Rachel and thank you for this post! I don't know this Castle but it seems marvelous!!! Have a nice day, kisses (and thank you for your visit),
    Eni

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  7. Wauw this looks like an amazing park.. such a nice photos :) And what a beautiful dress! I'm totally in love with the cute hairband you're wearing <3

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    1. Thanks Cherr it was a good old DIY number! xx

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  8. I love your outfit, and this place looks amazing!

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  9. Looks like a beautiful park!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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  10. Love it!… nice dress and pics
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    Borka
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  11. Amazing place! I wish I could see it in the 30s. I love this kind of posts very much. You look gorgeous in that dress.

    Jasmine x
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    1. Me too- I bet it would have been so amazing back then xx

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  12. It looks like such an amazing place! xx
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  13. Wow, this is seriously one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen! I can't believe I had never heard of it before. It legit looks like something out of a fairy tale.

    I'm glad to hear that people are working to preserve the area. It's so important to keep historical landmarks. Also, you look positively gorgeous in all of the photos!


    XxMO
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    1. It is so amazing! So many people haven't heard of it, I think it deserves waaay more fame! Thanks darling, I was a bit sweaty but ah well xx

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  14. Rachel, this park is gorgeous!! <3 Just the perfect place to de-stress!! And you're looking so so pretty, babe!! <3 Wish I could quickly go and rejuvenate there :)

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    1. Anshul, you are too sweet :) It's such an amazing place and its a total escape from reality- so refreshing xx

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  15. Cute look! Awesome place and pictures! =)

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    Jessica

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  16. The location is heavenly!
    Edita
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  17. Very pretty dress!

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  18. What a gorgeous location! You look great.
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