Paronella Park's founder, José Paronella, was ahead of his time in many aspects of his work and his life.
Amazingly, he was Queensland's first eco tourism operator! The best examples of this are his work with hydro electricity, his tree planting , and his use of gravity to feed his water fountains.
By far the single most important sustainability project was Paronella Park's Hydro Electric Plant. We have compiled a lot of information about the history and restoration on a dedicated website HERE.
Gravity Fed Fountains:
José felt that the use of gravity would be less taxing on his limited electricity, and, would avoid the use of a loud pump system.
Today, with the environment such a key issue, many of these "eco friendly" elements of José's Park are becoming more and more relevant and important.
- Reestablishment of hydro system
- Solar hot water in van park
- Aqua Nova waste treatment systems
- Gravity fed fountains reconnected
- Recycling of waste products
Another key feature of Paronella Park are the more than 7500 assorted trees and plants that the Paronella family planted.
It's a combination of these trees and plants, and nature having taken it's course over a period of 70 years that has created what we have today - a remarkable and unique rainforest garden.
Paronella Park receives around 5 metres of rain each year. This, along with rich and fertile soil creates favourable growing conditions for an enormous range of trees, ferns, palms and plants.
Every guest receives a Botanical Guide to the park.