200 million years ago a mystical thunderbird laid thousands of thundereggs in this hidden valley and you are invited to come and search for them. You will need to purchase a miner's permit, a bucket and pick and within a few minutes you will surely find your own prehistoric thunderegg to take home. From the outside, a thunderegg appears to be a normal rock, however inside each one, lies a world of gleaming crystals. The kids had great fun watching their thundereggs get sliced open at the mine (for a small fee).
Thunderbird Park is also home to Australia's highest and longest adventure ropes course. For those not afraid of heights, you will find it difficult to resist the eleven meter high self powered "skyfall", the Tarzan ropes or the seven meter high aerial bridges. There are eleven flying foxes and eighty five adventure games to test your skills high in the tree tops.
Form a team and live out your video game fantasies in a real life rainforest setting, inspired by the Kokoda Trail. They supply harmless infrared phasers and explain fun scenarios to play in the great outdoors. Expect to do a lot of running and hiding as "Team Bravo" fight "Team Delta" in a simulated battle. After all the excitement you will need to visit The Terrace Kiosk for a delicious woodfired pizza, an ice cream, or a coffee to recharge the batteries. The Terrace is also an excellent spot to sit, if you want to help feed hundreds of rainbow lorikeets their breakfast or lunch (2pm daily).
For something a little different, you might like to view the rainforest from horseback. We took a one hour trail ride around Thunderbird Park, and felt like rainforest adventurers for the afternoon. The gentle trail ride passed over Cedar Creek, by the high ropes course, alongside the thunderegg mine and we spied families running around the laser skirmish arena. For smaller children, there are ten minute guided pony rides available.
It was easy to spend the weekend at Thunderbird Park, as there were so many different activities to keep the whole family entertained. We spent hours watching the rainbow lorikeets feed and just enjoyed exploring Tamborine Mountain and the surrounding area. Cedar Creek Lodges are the onsite self contained accommodation which overlook the creek itself and have idyllic log fires for the winter. It really was a unique and rejuvenating experience to wake up and see the rainforest out the window and breathe deep lungfuls of fresh mountain air. Ahhh.