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Have you wondered what a truly outdoor holiday experience would be like; spending your days amongst trees and fresh mountain air? Thunderbird Park is where you can experience all of this just a short drive from Brisbane or the Gold Coast, as this guest found out. Read a first-hand account of the excitement of a tree top challenge adventure, beautiful scenery, interesting activities and luxurious accommodation.

By Graham Stephenson

Getting up to adventure takes on a whole new meaning at Mt Tamborine’s Thunderbird Park.

For me, it means summoning plenty of courage as I take on an incredible adventure, tackling 100 tree top rope and wire challenges spread over six different courses and 2.5 hectares of natural bushland.

This high-flying challenge takes participants on 10 suspended bridges, whizzing along 10 huge, 130m flying foxes plus doing an adrenaline pumping free-fall skyfall jump.

Thunderbird Park sees history and more modern day adventure activities combine in 112 hectares of rainforest.

Accommodation is in the stylish two-bedroom Cedar Creek Lodge which backs onto the picturesque Cedar Creek.

The lodge has everything you need, making it difficult to leave.

It is one of a number of different accommodation styles which include family holiday homes, contemporary rooms such as the Frog, Platypus, Wallaby, Lorikeet and Mill lodges, bunkhouses (with self-catering facilities) and excellent camping sites.

All are set within a great rainforest location.

The origins of the area go back about 200 million years ago when a geological phenomenon of volcanic eruptions and upheavals formed bubbles in silica-rich material.

As the molten lava cooled, steam trapped inside formed expanding bubbles and crystal fibres grew in the centre of these (now rocks) forming what are now called Thundereggs.

When the rocks are cut open in layers, the beautiful interiors are exposed and are greatly prized by collectors.

You too can go fossicking for them in the park.

For those looking for dynamic activities, there are the Treetop Challenge, Laser Skirmish, some fantastic horse trail rides and an 18-hole mini golf course.

If that’s not enough, there are beautiful bush walks or you can swim in the pool or enchanting Cedar Creek.

Weddings and conferences are popular on site with Thunderbird Park capable of offering three beautiful wedding sites — Island Glade, The Sanctuary or the Miner’s Lantern Club Lounge.

The park also boasts the enchanting Rainforest Restaurant, the Rainforest Grill & Lounge Bar and the Terrace kiosk; where the menus are outstanding.

An added attraction is breakfast with the birds where every day from 8-10am, the restaurants are surrounded by lorikeets and kookaburras.

The kookas love to be handfed strips of bacon, but they are also quick to pinch your breakfast sausages.

Thunderbird Park is about an hour’s drive from Brisbane and 40 minutes from the Gold Coast and is ideal for day trips, family holidays, conferences, corporate groups, weddings, camps and backpackers.

The author was a guest of Thunderbird Park and Cedar Creek Lodges.

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