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.
Dress: Temt (Indentical)
Bag: Guess (Similar)
Hairband: One I made myself (Similar)
Shoes: Target (Similar)
Jake wears (haha- he'll kill me):
Top: Jay Jays (Similar)
Shorts: Quicksilver (Similar)
Sunglasses: Ray Ban (Indentical)
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!