Spanish Castle Dreams II by Damienne Bingham

Photographic Prints

Available to buy on…

Paronella Park
Mena Creek, Far North Queensland,
Australia. 2010.

Canon EOS 400D
Canon EF 28-135m f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
f/8, 1/125s, ISO 400
RAW. BW conversion in PS.

The “Spanish Castle” in the grounds of Paronella Park was the dream of a Catalan immigrant Jose Paronella who made his fortune in Far North Queensland by buying and refurbishing cane fields and selling them for profit.

Once he made his fortune, he set about realizing his dream of building a pleasure grounds where people could come to picnic, play tennis, go to the cinema or even dance in the ballroom.

All of the buildings, stairways, paths and park furniture was made from hand-made bricks with mud quarried from the property itself. You can still see the finger marks in the cladding.

The naming of Paronella Park as a ‘castle’ was a very crafty choice.
Paronella had made a return to Spain and on his entrance back to Australia he was detained for not paying his taxes. In the future, as a remedy for his tax problems, he decided to name his building as a castle – and so avoid paying taxes for life!

Paronella Park is definitely worth a visit to anyone in Cairns or the Innisfail area. It’s a truly remarkable sight and a photographer’s dream.

Top Ten

“Rural Aus in B&W Challenge” at Australian Women Photographers


Black & White Photographers Showcase
Artists Universe
I Shoot RAw
Superbly Visual


damienne bingham, damienne, bingham, greeneyedharpy, green, eyed, harpy, black and white, black white, black, white, mono, monotone, tone, monochrome, australia, australian, tourist, tourism, travel, paronella park, paronella, park, mena creek, innisfail, queensland, far north queensland, architecture, nature, overgrown, overgrowth, foliage, bush, building, steps, castle, dream, spanish castle, spanish, garden, old, tree, forest, fern, plant, grow, palm, palm fronds

I am a freelance photographer originally from Brisbane, Australia, and currently living in Cape Town, South Africa.

I enjoy many forms of photography – with a particular interest in travel and nature photography. This diversity can be seen in the range of genres and styles in my portfolio

View Full Profile


  • Damienne Bingham
    Damienne Binghamalmost 3 years ago

  • Ron Hannah
    Ron Hannahalmost 3 years ago


  • Thanks Ron, that’s wonderful! So glad you enjoyed it!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • Neutro
    Neutroalmost 3 years ago

    Fantatsic work !!! Superb black and white!

  • Thank you very much!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • photosbytony
    photosbytonyalmost 3 years ago

    Wow what a place, great in B&W ! Looks so tropical ? tony

  • Thanks Tony! Yes very tropical, Far North Queensland – very rainforest-y!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • yampy
    yampyalmost 3 years ago

    Brilliant composition

    superb monochrome

  • Thank you, I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • LadyThegn
    LadyThegnalmost 3 years ago

    Beautiful image!

  • Thank you Elizabeth!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • Kathilee
    Kathileealmost 3 years ago

    Dreamy indeed…you could call in Spanish Moss Castle…must be a beautiful hidden place

  • Thank you, it really is quite remarkable!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sedicialmost 3 years ago

    OCTOBER 15th, 2011
    ► See your work in the Permanents Featured Gallery
    ►Please participate in the ongoing Challenges

  • Thank you!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • Cameron Hampton
    Cameron Hamptonalmost 3 years ago


  • Thanks Cameron, sorry for the late reply – I somehow missed these comments!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • LisaMM
    LisaMMalmost 3 years ago

    Fantastic image. Superb.

  • Thank you Lisa, that’s so kind. I’m really glad you enjoyed it! And I’m sorry for the slow reply, I somehow missed this!

    – Damienne Bingham

desktop tablet-landscape content-width tablet-portrait workstream-4-across phone-landscape phone-portrait