Adventure : Thunderbird Park

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Thunderbird Park is the ultimate destination in Mount Tambourine.  You really don’t need to go anywhere else.  Set on 120 acres of rainforest, Thunderbird Park can take care of your meals and accommodation while you go on an adventure in the trees, challenge your friends on a mini golf course, fossick for prehistoric treasure or indulge in a massage in your lodge.

 

The Activities

There are so many activities at Thunderbird Park to cater for people of all ages and groups of all sizes.  Animal lovers can go horse riding, large groups can book themselves in for laser skirmish amongst the trees, there are some walking tracks around the park and several rock pools along Cedar Creek that are perfect for a swim.

 

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Tree Top Challenge

This was our favourite attraction at Thunderbird Park – an elevated ropes course in the trees with over 100 challenges like ladders, suspension bridges, rope crossings and exhilarating flying foxes.  As you make your way through the course, the challenges progressively get more difficult and the platforms get higher too.

 

Combining activity with fun, it’s a fantastic workout.  Allow yourself plenty of time to complete the courses – we played on the ropes for nearly three hours but Dave could’ve spent all day on them!  Bookings are essential and your admission covers equipment hire, training and access to the course for the entire time you’re at Thunderbird Park.

 

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Mini Golf Championship Course

The Championship Course is the newest addition to Thunderbird Park, with its grand opening on the 1st of January 2015.  It’s currently 9 holes, with future plans to extend it to 18 holes, and the professionally designed landscape includes rocks, sand bunkers, bridges and water hazards!

 

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Thunderegg Fossicking

This was great fun – we were given a bucket and a pick and sent to the mine to search for thunder eggs.  Thunderbird Park is home to the world’s largest deposit of thundereggs, prehistoric remnants that are over 200 million years old.  They’re created by bubbles in solidified volcanic lava.  Over the years, minerals seep into the bubbles and pressure causes crystallisation.  Any thundereggs that you take back to the Rock Shop can be cut open to reveal various shapes and colours inside.

 

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The Terrace Kiosk & Rainforest Restaurant

Breakfast with the Birds is available daily in the Rainforest Restaurant between 8am and 10am.  It’s a buffet style breakfast with both hot and cold items, or you can opt for more traditional breakfast dishes from the menu.

 

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Lunch at the Terrace Kiosk is available from 9am to 4pm.  We got the Italiano pizza with a small side of chips.  Both the pizza and the chips were great and a fantastic way to fuel up before doing the Tree Top Challenge.  They also do coffee and snacks, and because they’re licensed, you can even enjoy a beer or wine on the terrace.

 

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Dinner in the Rainforest Restaurant was wonderfully intimate.  We had the choice of ordering another pizza or trying something different – a chicken stir fry.  We went with the stir fry and it was delicious, full of tender chicken and fresh vegetables.

 

The Essentials

Accommodation options include powered and unpowered sites, bunk rooms or the luxurious Cedar Creek Lodges.  We stayed in a Creek Lodge, complete with a balcony overlooking the banks of Cedar Creek, a kitchenette, spa and heated towel racks, and a wood heater to keep us warm.  Our visit turned into a special weekend getaway.

 

 

Thunderbird Park has the capacity to cater for couples, families, groups and school camps, as well as conferences, events and weddings.  Wi-Fi access is available at the main building and there is an ATM near reception.

 

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For more information, call 07 5545 1468 or visit their website at http://www.thunderbirdpark.com/

 

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