A trip to Queensland has to include the world’s best surfing beaches and the rainforest but you don’t have to travel to the outback to see the natural beauty of Australia. Tamborine Mountain between Brisbane and the Gold Coast is famous for ancient rainforest and exciting adventures.
Thunderbird Park, Queensland
An easy drive along the scenic road from the city or the beach will take you to Tamborine Mountain in less than an hour. We stayed at Thunderbird Park, a favourite destination for day-trippers and holidaymakers.
This 112-hectares rainforest property offers all the splendours of the natural environment with affordable accommodation, a range of exciting adventures and great dining facilities.
Nature lovers can walk the natural bush tracks, meet Australian native animals in the wild, see rare birds, butterflies and plants, swim in the rock pools and enjoy all the comforts of home. Campsites have fire pits to cook on, the bunkhouses, holiday homes and lodges have fully equipped kitchens.
Most accommodation packages include a hearty barbecue buffet breakfast. Thunderbird Terrace serves drinks, light meals and delicious homemade pizza all day every day and the Rainforest Restaurant and Lounge Bar is open on Friday and Saturday nights (more frequently during peak holiday periods).
Relax in the rainforest, get back to nature or take it to the top with one of the onsite adventures. Take the Tree Tops Challenge high ropes course, go to extremes on the Canyon Flyer and zigzag across the creek at 70 klms and hour and 60 metres above ground.
Fossick for gemstone-filled thunder eggs formed when dinosaurs roamed the earth and take home a unique treasure. Play a round of mini golf on the championship course or kit up in camouflage gear and play laser skirmish. Horse riding through the rainforest is an amazing adventure and one of the most memorable experiences.
Imagine riding the winding trails through cool green rainforest, sauntering along the banks of the tumbling creek and up the gently sloping mountainside through a forest of majestic gum trees. The only sounds are the gentle tread of the horses, the birds, and the creek. Reach the top and see the breathtaking views of the valley below. This is the ultimate rainforest experience.
Horse riding is safe and enjoyable for adults and children. There is a ride to suit everyone from first time to experienced riders. Book a 30-minute trail ride, a one-hour ride through natural bushland or the 90-minute Hill Top ride. Individual trail rides and longer rides can be arranged.
Travelling is all about experience; Tamborine Mountain is a hidden gem with so much to offer within easy travelling distance of the city and the beach.