Paronella Park is the incredible creation of one man with an ambitious dream. On 14 acres alongside a magnificent waterfall, Jose Paronella built castles, tunnels, fountains, and bridges, as well as his own hydro electric generator. He opened his spectacular pleasure garden to the public in 1935.
Owner/operators Mark and Judy see themselves as custodians of José Paronella’s dream. Much like José, they view operating in an environmentally sustainable way as an obvious choice, and one that provides many benefits. For example, Mark and Judy have restored the original 1930s era hydroelectric system to once again provide all of Paronella Park’s electricity needs. Not only does this significantly reduce any negative effects on the environment, it also brings a part of José Paronella’s dream back to life. Mark describes the hydro electric system to guests on the night tour as “the heartbeat of Paronella Park."
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