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BREAK out the high viz and reach for your hard hats …Dig IT on Tamborine Mountain turns ONE in May!

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BREAK out the high viz and reach for your hard hats ...Dig IT on Tamborine Mountain turns ONE in May!

Dirt really is the preferred playground for our kids – and here’s 3,000,000 happy minutes to prove it!…


It’s the home of the “BEST DAY EVER”, and in May Dig IT, Australia’s first ever mini-excavator park, turns ONE, with celebrations planned for each weekend across the birthday month, including Mother’s Day!


After opening like a wrecking ball in May last year, Dig IT has welcomed thousands of kids (and grownups) to sit in the driver’s seat to operate their own mini-excavator, just like a real construction worker, in an outdoor construction zone on a mountain famous for rocks, and at a place that’s legendary for families, Thunderbird Park!


Dig IT is custom-designed for both children and their parents who love to play (who doesn’t?), featuring supercool activities that are fun, educational and engaging. Kids get hands-on experience learning about the construction industry, earthworks, engineering, building, the importance of safety, and teamwork. And there’s not an iPad or Screen anywhere!


The superstars of Dig IT are the nine, CAT 1.7 tonne mini-excavators built right here in Queensland. They are the real deal, with hard hats and high vis gear required onsite. The experience sees kids sit the driver’s seat alone or on the lap of their parent or carer, to try a range of skills, from digging up the dirt, to using a claw to stack and move tyres, or using a hook to catch pesky ‘crocs!


Kate Keegan, co-owner of Dig IT, said, “Dirt really is the preferred playground – over the past 12 months almost 100,000 people have walked through our gates and there’s been 3,004,460 minutes spent on our nine mini-excavators! It’s what families have been waiting for!”


Let’s dig into some more numbers: almost 300 birthdays have been celebrated at Dig IT and there’s been over 38,000 pesky ‘crocs caught on the hook (showing some excellent skill levels 😉). Almost half a million blocks have been pushed over in the Demolition Zone (the staff love it 😉😉) and more than 30,000 block towers have been restacked (for excited kids to smash them again!). It’s fun in the dirt, every day!


Photos, filmed vision and colouring pages HERE



Everyone coming to Dig IT over the birthday month goes into the draw to win a fully themed birthday party for NINE (because nine is Dig IT’s favourite number) valued at $621.00 (entries via reservations) and ALL MONTH lucky little diggers will be chosen to take home gorgeous merchandise from Dig IT and Caterpillar Australia!


May 4 and 5: The BIG Dig IT Birthday Weekend

  • There’s celebrations all weekend, DIG IT cards to sign, a birthday area for photos and loads more!


May 11 and 12: We Dig You Mum Weekend

  • Treat your mum to Dig IT Mother’s Day, and there’s a special present for Tradie Mums (that’s all mums in our eyes 🥰)!!
  • Download your I DIG MY MUM Dig It Mother’s Day card from our website now and start colouring in!
  • There’s birthday celebrations all weekend, Dig IT cards to sign, a birthday area for photos and more!


May 18 and 19: Big and Little MACHINES

  • There’s celebrations all weekend, Dig IT cards to sign, a birthday area for photos and more!
  • All weekend there’s real-sized excavators visiting Dig IT for photos! 


May 25 and 26: The BIG Dig It Birthday Weekend

  • There’s celebrations all weekend, Dig IT cards to sign, a birthday area for photos and loads more!


Dig IT is at home at the famed Thunderbird Park, an adventure park with all levels of accommodation, from luxury at Cedar Creek Lodges,  through glamping, cabins, creekside houses to camping. What’s even better, Dig IT is 100 per cent accessible to all abilities and needs.


Dig IT - Australia's first mini excavator park

Thunderbird Park – Tamborine Mountain Road, Tamborine Mountain, Scenic Rim Queensland

Child or Adult admission $59 and Concession is $55.

2 hour sessions - BOOKINGS and website here  |  Phone 1800 00 DIGIT or email

Accommodation and campaign available at Thunderbirds Park HERE



10 reasons why Dig IT is the best day ever!


  • Breathe in that fresh air, Dig IT is in the great outdoors: Dig IT is OUTSIDE – there’s no internet of video games or TV. It’s a fun, educative and highly engaging adventure for kids and families that’s ‘old school” with a modem twist. Come and dig in the dirt and watch the smiles get wider and wider.


  • Sessions are capped and everyone gets a fair go: When planning a weekend or day activity for the family, it can be hard to anticipate how busy something will be and if it’ll be worth going. At Dig IT, each two-hour session has a cap of how many people can operate the excavators, so they can guarantee an equal amount of time for every digger! No disappointments, no missing out! Everyone gets a fair go at Dig IT.


  • A great hands-on activity and it’s ACCESSIBLE: If your kid is a fan of getting their hands dirty and giving it their all, then Dig IT is the perfect place to be! Every part of Dig IT is fully interactional and ACCESSIBLE and gives them a hands-on experience with 1.7 tonne mini excavators. They will take on different challenges to them engaged for the full two hours, and when they’re done on the machines, there are two sandpits!


  • Perfect for kids who love construction equipment: Most kids go through a building phase, it’s how we grow up and learn how things work. This makes Dig IT the perfect activity! Book your tickets to Dig IT right now and watch them have the TIME OF THEIR LIFE!


  • Not a screen in sight: One of the biggest challenges for parents right now is managing screentime. How much screentime is okay? How do you get them off screens? What fun activities are there for kids that don’t involve a screen? Your answer: Dig IT! Once you have finished the safety induction, that is the last screen you will see for two hours – but your kids won’t care! They’ll be too busy digging, smashing, crashing and driving to even notice.


  • It’s a fun AND educational: Dig IT is an educational experience for kids, combining fun, engineering, problem solving and teamwork! For most kids, the simple act of using these machines helps to develop their hand-eye coordination, comprehension, and problem-solving skills in a fun way. For those with a particular interest in machinery or construction, hands-on experience is invaluable, and the friendly Dig IT staff are there to answer any questions from the curious little diggers!


  • Great way to get kids interested in trades and engineering: We will always need builders, engineers, construction workers, project  managers and teams! Dig IT gives kids a taste of these learnings. For most kids this may just be a fun day out on the weekend, but for others this could be the start of a future career!


  • Gets you out of the city, but not too far: Dig IT is at Thunderbird Park, Tamborine Mountain, just one hour’s drive from both Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Ideal for those who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, but not have to travel too far. Enjoy your scenic drive out to where the air is fresh, the surrounds are green, and the dirt is in abundance (and perfect for digging!).


  • Parents can get involved too: For younger kids, a parent can join them in the driver’s seat (with their child on their lap). So, if you’re looking for a bonding moment with the kids, or even if you just want to indulge your inner child, Dig IT is where you need to be!


  • More activities to do at Thunderbird Park: For those wanting to fill out their weekend with family-friendly activities, or just want to make the most of their Saturday, Dig IT is part of Thunderbird Park [link:]. This outdoor adventure park offers a number of adventures and attractions, including the Treetop Challenges, Thunderegg Mining, Laser Skirmish and Minigolf.



For media enquiries, images and more please contact Kath Rose | 0416 291 493 |



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For media enquiries, images and more please contact Kath Rose | 0416 291 493 |


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