At 6:15 pm, Paronella Park’s only night tour begins. The tour lasted about an hour before a night musical performance. We were lucky enough to attend and catch the String Family quartet play during their limited residence show.
Darkness Falls Tour
We met at the tour waiting area located behind the ticket counter and gift shop. There, the guides handed everyone flashlights to use while walking the ground in the darkness. Paronella Park offers a shuttle ride for those needing help getting to the lower level, skipping the Grand Staircase.
Our first stop for the night tour was The Castle. Here, our guide spoke of grand events when José Paronella opened the park in 1935. Paronella Park hosted movies, dancing, weddings and was a high-class hangout.
Children started paying for their ice cream with wet coins from the fountain. José placed eels inside the fountain and claimed it to be electric, which ended the children sneaking out the coins.
After descending the Grand Staircase at dusk, we turned toward Mena Creek Falls and saw bright lights beaming through the water. The colorful sky only lasted for several minutes, allowing us to sneak in a few more photographs.
Walking close to the Tunnel of Love, we heard the screeches of bats flying inside. The tunnel isn’t structurally safe to walk through, but we peeked inside using our flashlights.
Tucked away in a quiet corner is Teresa Falls. With floodlights shining down, the water sparkles, and colors are brought out of surrounding nature. It is beautiful!
Night Wildlife Encounters
Expect to run into nocturnal creepy crawlies and hear the flapping of bats wings while walking through the rainforest at night. With a flashlight in hand and darkness all around, these creatures add to the experience of this tour.
Lower Refreshment Rooms
The grand finale of the night tour is at the magnificently lit Lower Refreshment Rooms area. Marveling at our elegant surroundings, we sat back and remembered everything we learned from touring Paronella Park.
The String Family
At night, in front of the Lower Refreshment Rooms, the String Family performed an amazing array of classical and original music among the dazzling lights. To discover more about this show, go to The String Family – Paronella Park post.
We highly recommend visiting Paronella Park. I am delighted I stumbled upon this gem and pursued visiting. Pictures and words are not sufficient enough to capture the beauty and magic this park has to offer. Thank you, Paronella Park, for the amazing memories! We can’t wait to go back.
To learn more, visit Paronella Park.
- Sign up for the night tour when purchasing tickets online. Get your name on the list.
- Bring a high quality camera and wear good walking shoes.
- The night experience is completely different than the day. Be sure to do both.