The Caves

Our cave was constructed to allow people of all ages the opportunity to get up close and personal with these delicate creatures in a safe environment.

Glow Worm Cave

glow worm strand in cave

Our cave was created to protect the local species of glow worms, Arachnocampa flava. Glow worms are actually fly larvae which glow in dark areas to attract and catch small insects near where glow worms reside. Glow worms are extremely useful in our Australian ecosystems, since they help control insect populations! The goal of our cave is to make an experience which is accessible for families, and highly beneficial to the wild glow worm populations.

Visiting the Tamborine Mountain Glow Worm Caves gives visitors the wholy unique opportunity to see glow worms glow during the daytime, and be surrounded by living lights. 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 WormsOur purpose-built cave is complete with very realistic formations such as stalagmites and stalactites, and accessible during a guided tour. During a tour, one of our highly qualified guides will lead you on a short walk through the rainforest into our cave, where 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, and give everyone the chance to see a Glow Worm up close. Our 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 in around our Glow Worms 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.

Glow Worm Cave Tamborine Mountain

Glow Worms require a permanently moist habitat for their survival and 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 impacts. Our purpose-built glow worm cave at Mt. Tamborine in the Gold Coast Hinterland provides the ideal conditions for Glow Worms within a controlled environment, removing the impacts of decreasing rainforests and human interaction.

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