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Thunderegg Crystal Mine

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Address: Lot 1 Cedar Creek Falls Road | Thunderbird Park, Mount Tamborine, Gold Coast, Queensland 4272, Australia
Phone Number:
+61 7 5545 7999
08:30 - 16:30
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Sun - Sat 08:30 - 16:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Unearth a 200 million year old mystery from prehistoric volcanic lava in...

Unearth a 200 million year old mystery from prehistoric volcanic lava in one of the world’s largest Thunderegg Mines. Thunderegg fossicking is a very unique activity for the whole family to enjoy. Admission includes a souvenir miner’s permit and the use of a pick and bucket for collecting your treasures. Thundereggs can be cut for an additional fee. FULLY ENCLOSED SHOES MUST BE WORN AND HATS RECOMMENDED

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A fun day out

Mining for Thunder eggs is fun this was our second visit and although it sounds as though there are beautiful unbroken thunder eggs everywhere you do have to work a little to find... read more

Reviewed 22 December 2015
Sunshine Coast, Australia
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North Tamborine, Australia
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Upon arrival we were met by Sam who was such a personable guy. He was full of enthusiasm for the mine and the whole experience. His knowledge was very comprehensive and we got a terrific induction before we proceeded up to the mine. There were several people already mining for their "eggs" when we got there and the cameraderie that... More 

Thank Kirsten D
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13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

Went with my wife and 3 kids. Go prepared gloves, hat, sunscreen, good solid shoes/boots. You get dirty and have heaps of fun digging, kids dug for 3hrs. But go early when not so hot. Cost 76 for family and 100 to cut up all the thunderbird eggs, but we had heaps. Worth the day out.

Thank Mark T
Bell Block, null, New Zealand
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16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

Sam, who greeted us and gave us a really interesting rundown of thunder eggs and their origins, is a friendly bloke. We were given buckets and picks then sent on our way. It was great exercise as there was a small climb to the mining area. We managed to dig and find some thunder eggs of varying sizes which we... More 

Thank Bruce L
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24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

This was awesome. Sam was great and the fossicking was great...even the kids stayed interested for several hours. We left with many many eggs and will definitely return to find another hidden treasure.

2 Thank BhuddaBud
Queensland, Australia
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5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 June 2016

We totally enjoyed the experience and would go again!! Before we went, I warned the kids (age 7 & 9) that fossicking was hard work so they knew what to expect. The shed where you register to mine had beautiful Thundereggs on display, so the kids were determined to find their own. Entry fee was $54 for 1 Adult &... More 

3 Thank WannaGoMorePlaces
Sunshine Coast, Australia
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10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 December 2015

Mining for Thunder eggs is fun this was our second visit and although it sounds as though there are beautiful unbroken thunder eggs everywhere you do have to work a little to find them. But that's the fun. Sam the manager is excellent and is one of those people who genuinely loves his job. I would recommend this to anyone... More 

1 Thank Georginanne
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 November 2015 via mobile

I'm the fool! Thunderegg mine lies in the extortionately expensive thunderbird park ($160 for a family of four to do the tree top adventure). Thunderegg mine was $79 for two adults and two children to dig holes in the dirt. It's difficult to distinguish if the rocks are anything more than just rocks and if you do happen to find... More 

2 Thank BumFluff2012
Sam M, Manager at Thunderegg Crystal Mine, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. It is very disappointing to read that you didn’t overly enjoy your recent visit to the Thunderegg Crystal Mine. The staff strive to give each and every customer all the necessary information needed to find the hidden treasures on the mine. It is hard work, but if prepared, you really can find those hidden gems!... More 

Brisbane, Australia
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101 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 September 2015

This attraction is definitely worth a visit. As other reviewers have said, its a short walk up a hill & you will have to dig around for your own eggs. I'd recommend you request gloves when you arrive at the mine as it's hard work and I did end up with blisters. It appears from the reviews that you can... More 

4 Thank MLMurray
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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51 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 September 2015

I visited the mine area whilst the family played mini golf and fed the birds. The staff are very knowledgeable about the eggs, area and where to look in the open area. You take your pick and bucket up the hill to the scraped area and pick a spot to start digging. About a foot down you reach the green... More 

4 Thank Christopher B
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 August 2015 via mobile

Reading the reviews below, it is clear there are two types of people... Those who expect everything handed to them on a platter, and those who enjoy a little bit of adventure. If you are the former, maybe this place isn't for you, but don't give these guys a bad review just because you wanted to be bussed up a... More 

8 Thank gypsielou

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