We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Magical place, keeping the dream alive”
Review of Paronella Park

Paronella Park
Book In Advance
More Info
$34.77*
and up
Paronella Park Admission Ticket
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
Owner description: Everyone has a dream. José Paronella’s dream became a reality. On 5 Hectares beside Mena Creek Falls he built his castle, picnic area by the falls, tennis courts, bridges, a tunnel, and wrapped it up in an amazing range of 7,500 tropical plants and trees. He even harnessed the waterfall for his electricity. It opened to the public in 1935.Today, visitors to the park marvel at the achievements of one man. Admission to Paronella Park is valid for 12 months and covers all of the tours (a 45 minute guided walk that explains this extraordinary story & takes you through the highlights as well as the stunning Darkness Falls Tour where the castles and waterfall are flood-lit to allow for amazing photo opportunities). Admission also includes the souvenir guide book, fish food, umbrellas, access to the online photo gallery as well as a site for one night in the adjacent van park.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities
Sydney
Level Contributor
57 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Magical place, keeping the dream alive”
Reviewed March 20, 2013

Read about this in a tourist brochure so decided to take a look. It's just over 1.5 hours drive from Sydney and well worth a visit! Originally a grand pleasure gardens the original Spanish castle is retained along with other buildings, and abundant flora and fauna. Feeding the turtles was an added bonus! Take one of the included guided tours that run each half hour (recommend an iced coffee while you wait). The tours really bring the park alive and the guides are fun and enthusiastic (especially Angie). All of the park staff are really kind and welcoming and made it an even better experience! (Allow about 1.5 hours to visit).

Helpful?
1 Thank _ES1_1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
LukeParonellaPark, Public Relations Manager at Paronella Park, responded to this review, March 25, 2013
It's great to read that you made the decision to visit, and enjoyed your time at Paronella Park!

Thank you for all your positive comments.

Have a wonderful day!
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

1,496 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    1,027
    299
    99
    40
    31
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Hebrew first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Norwegian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Port Macquarie, Australia
Level Contributor
45 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Magical”
Reviewed March 14, 2013 via mobile

What a fantastic Magical place to visit.We stopped in the park for 2 great nights.Took tour at night and had a interesting tour.The history of this place is very intetesting. Loved the waterfall and the whole park.The staff where very friendly and not one member not smile.no false dmile here.Strongly recomend a visit.

Helpful?
Thank Mauzie427
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
LukeParonellaPark, Public Relations Manager at Paronella Park, responded to this review, March 25, 2013
Thanks for visiting Paronella Park and for writing this review.

It's particularly nice to read your positive comments about the friendliness of the Paronella Park team.

Have a wonderful day.
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Level Contributor
6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“most romantic place I've visited”
Reviewed March 6, 2013

Beautiful place to visit, plus the love story make it very romantic. i'd love to go there once at dark time.

Helpful?
Thank Wei M
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
LukeParonellaPark, Public Relations Manager at Paronella Park, responded to this review, March 25, 2013
Thanks for the review!

Paronella Park is beautiful at night, and I hope you have an opportunity to experience it at some stage.

Thanks again!
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Level Contributor
8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Wow!!”
Reviewed February 28, 2013 via mobile

Gorgeous place, the buildings and history is amazing, but the garden and setting is just spectacular! Definitely worth a visit!

Helpful?
Thank Realitybites78
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
LukeParonellaPark, Public Relations Manager at Paronella Park, responded to this review, March 25, 2013
Thank you for your positive review!
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Sydney, Australia
Level Contributor
60 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Paronella Park - unique”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

we recently visited Paronella Park and were not sure what to expect. We were warmly greated by one of the staff as we entered, where we were then given a brief overivew of the tour times etc, We went on the tour which was very interesting and informative. An absolutely stunning park and once you have heard the history really makes you appreciate someones dreams. the tour takes about 45 minutes which is enough. We feed the turtles, fish and eels at the edge of the river. As we made our way back there were kayakers riding off the waterfall. a little pricey but as this is a privately run park I didn't really mind, and keeping some aussies in the work force is also a plus!

Visited January 2013
Helpful?
Thank LisaMu
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
LukeParonellaPark, Public Relations Manager at Paronella Park, responded to this review, March 25, 2013
Thank you very much for visiting, and supporting Paronella Park.

Interestingly, the kayakers you saw were featured on the local television news that night!

Thanks again.
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Paronella Park also viewed

Queensland, Australia
 

Been to Paronella Park? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing