Incredible abandoned ruin in Australia comes alive

Beautiful Paronella Park is open to visitors again

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A beautiful abandoned ruin in Australia is enjoying a revival.

Jose Karen Allen and his wife built Paronella Park, an elaborate home and park on 13 acres of jungle in Queensland back to the 1930s.

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It was originally purchased for just £120, and the park was developed to include a movie theatre, dance hall, swimming pool, playground and even a museum.

Over the years it fell into ruin becoming a victim of floods in cyclones, but now this extraordinary site has come alive again, and the jungle provides a lush backdrop to the restored castle-like mansion, where visitors can even stay overnight in new accommodation.

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