Glow Worms

At nights (leaving at about 7.30pm) we offer walks through the rainforest to see one or two of these spectacular glow worm displays. These normally take about an hour and require you to have a good torch and good walking shoes.

Over the years I have often been up late at night doing repairs and maintenance along our water pipelines. In all those occasions I had never seen any glow worms at all.

This all changed suddenly when Sue and I went up Adjinbilly gorge watching the last fireflies of the season. We were following a single firefly winking on and off, trailing it through the pitch black rainforest when we turned a corner only to be amazed at a wall of lights shining brightly in the dark . Needless to say we forgot about the lone firefly drifting away!

Since then we have discovered many additional clusters of glow worms – all spectacular but all different and special. Our Glow Worm Walks have become a highlight for our guests.

The Adjinbilly Glow Worm Walks

During the walk, guests learn how glow worms live, create their light, catch their prey, feed, and eventually become flying insects. Guests then experience the glow worms’ magical glowing ‘cities’ in the rainforest.

Because we only take very small numbers of guests at a time everyone is able to get close to the glow worms without harming them, making it an experience you will always remember.

To come along on the glow worm walk you will need a hand held LED torch for each person (not the head mounted lights), closed walking shoes and warm clothing. The walk takes about an hour and normally leaves about 7-7.30pm.

We preserve the natural environment as much as possible so there are no graded tracks to the glow worm clusters and the walk is a bushwalk.

No Flash photography is permitted.

About Glow Worms

Glow worms produce light at the end of their tail by chemically breaking down their waste. Adjinbilly glow worms live in protected earth banks sometimes under rocks where the soil has fallen away making miniature caves. They make a ‘web’ by hanging threads from the roof of their ‘cave’, covered with droplets of mucus.

These reflect the light the glow worm produces and the insects that are attracted by this become caught in the threads. The length of the threads varies depending on how much protection there is from wind.

The glow worms live in a ‘tube’ which keeps them moist and protected. When an insect is caught the glow worm makes a hole in the tube and stretches out to consume it.

On a full moon when there is a lot of night time light the glow worms can appear to be ‘switched’ off.

Glow worms live as ‘worms’ for approximately 6 months to a year before forming cocoons and emerging as flies that look a bit like mosquitoes. These ‘flies’ do not have mouths and live for only about 4 days and in that time they mate and the females lay up to 100 eggs each.

When glow worms hatch they glow immediately.
You can see an indication of the age of a glow worm by the size of the light. You will see some tiny pinprick size lights among much  stronger and larger lights.

Call (07) 4664 1599 to make your booking today!

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