The Caves

Glow Worm Cave

Glow worm cave Gold Coast

Our cave was created to protect the local species of glow worms, Arachnocampa flava. Glow worms are actually fly larvae that glow in the dark to attract and catch small insects. Glow worms are extremely useful in our Australian ecosystems. They help control insect populations. The goal of our cave and our glow worm tours is to make an experience that is accessible for families while benefiting wild glow-worm populations.

Visiting the Tamborine Mountain Glow Worm Caves and going on our cave tour gives visitors the opportunity to see glow worms during the daytime. Since people have been diverted to our cave instead of local glow worm colonies, glow worm numbers in the wild have begun increasing again.

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Glow Worms require a permanently moist habitat for their survival. They are therefore dependent on rainforests and wet caves for their continued survival. However, rainforest habitats in Australia are shrinking due to climate change and human impact. Our purpose-built glow worm cave at Mount Tambourine in the Gold Coast Hinterland provides the ideal conditions for Glow Worms.  Within a controlled environment, we've removed the impacts of decreasing rainforests and human interaction.  

Glow WormsOur purpose-built cave is complete with very realistic formations such as stalagmites and stalactites. It's is accessible during a fully guided tour. During a tour, one of our highly qualified guides will lead you on a short walk through the rainforest. In our cave, you'll be shown a brief documentary on the Glow Worms. After the film, your guide will lead you into the cave filled with thousands of shining Glow Worms. Here everyone gets a chance to see a Glow Worm up close. Our impressive cave is easy to access and doesn't require any bending down or crawling through tight spaces.

Photography, artificial light, and light-up shoes are not allowed around our Glow Worms. This is in order to avoid disrupting their glowing behavior. 

 Please be aware, loud noises do echo in the cave so if you have a young child with you, please keep in mind excessive noise can be disruptive to other guests.

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