ok we left cobbold gorge let down the tyres this time for the 100km back to georgetown was a lot better to drive on i dont no why i did not do that on the way in all the gas burners fell off all the plates went every where we packed them away better on the way out.on to mt surprise for some lunch went to the pub but the owner said they dont do food today i said you only sell alcohol she said no we only serve piss had a bit of a laugh then told us to go up the road to a cafe all was shut went around the back and yelled out, this bloke came out i said gday mate any chance of geting some food yer mate no prob come in well all i can say he made us one of the best handburger i have ever had and the coffey was good to,he made himself a coffey as well sat down and told us about the town top bloke.we spent about 1hr there time to go to undara lava tubes got there and set up camp
so we went for a walk to have a look around
they have old railway carriages every were you can say in them have diner in them the bar is even in one.The railway carriages are $150 per night then they have swages tent villlage $40 per night,caravan park $15 per person for a powered site,and what we stayed in $10 per person non powered.we booked a tour call the active explorer tour $46 per person takes 2hr to complete
sory for the delay been sick after we left millstream falls we head towards innisfail to stay and see paronella park on the way we took the road to millaa millaa then back on the high way to innisfail stoped and had a look at this wind farm see it before back in 2009
and on the way stoped for a coffey and what a view
ok on to innisfail then to south johnstone were paronella park got there payed our money $36.00 each and you can use it for 2 years which is good value now there are 2 tours you can do about 45min each one at night and a day time one now paronella park was voted the number 1 must see in racq top 150 places to see in queensland and i must say i will go back.
now i am quoteing this from a book,jose 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 all up in an amazing range of 7000 tropical plants and trees.
he arrived in nearby innisfail in 1913 haveing sailed from spain jose work hard for 11 years creating his wealth by buying and inproving and selling cane farms.He found his dream at south johnston on 5 hectares.the first job was to build the grand staircase so he could shift building materials between the lower and upper level.here he had their cottage built of stone.
ok this was a bit of a love story jose paronella was to marry this lady matilda but after being away for 8 years no contack what so ever matilda marry anther man.So when jose returned to spain to marry matilda he found out she had marry another man so jose paronella determined to sail back to australia with a bride jose proposed to margarita, matildas younger sister one year later the happy newlyweds were ship bound for australia to begin jose dream.
the paronellas built a movie theatre witch turned into a ball room,tennis courts from crushed termite mounds and a pavilion with turret topped balconies,refreshment rooms and changing cubicles for the swimmers.In 1933 north qld first hydro electric plant was built to power the park and it still runs the park today and a caravan park and pumpes power back to the grid.
over the years the ballroom had a fire in 1979 and only the walls remain the floods and cyclones also did damage