Glow Worm Caves Overview

An enchanting natural wonder awaits at Glow Worm Gold Coast, where tourists can witness caves illuminated by the twinkling lights of glow worms. Head on a guided tour of the iconic man-made caves that replicate the natural habitat of these unique creatures, and feel the sensation of stars on earth. The one-hour tour ends with a fun shopping spree at the local souvenir shop.

The Glow worm caves in Gold Coast are a popular tourist attraction, drawing visitors mainly due to its unique natural features. The Glow worm caves are a man made beauty, constructed in a naturalistic style, complete with stalagmites, flowstones and stalactites.

These caves have been built with the purpose to provide a near natural habitat for the local glow worms of the variety, Arachnocampa Flava. A guided tour takes visitors through the glow worm alley, visible to the onlooker under a red torchlight, and the man made rocks, where photographs can be taken. Visitors also get a chance to purchase various merchandise related to the tour at the souvenir shop located outside the caves.

The caves were thrown open to the general audience in March 2005, before which, construction work in the cave was up in 2004. The caves are designed with complete control systems, which collect insects for the worms and also maintain the level of moisture and humidity within the caves. The caves are designed so that it is possible to visit them at any time of the year.

The experience of taking a stroll inside one of these caves is a unique one that tourists can get only at select places in Australia. A guided tour to these caves takes no longer than one hour, and this makes it a perfect fun activity that you can enjoy with kids and elders as well, making it the perfect family outing destination.

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• Explore the artificially-created naturalistic Glow Worm Caves that provide a near-natural habitat to the local glow worms of the Arachnocampa Flava species.
•  Embark on a tour of the caves with a knowledgeable guide who would take you through the alley where glow worms live and show you the rocky locations for the best pictures.
• The one-hour family-friendly experience is designed as a unique stroll through caves filled with stalagmites, flowstones, and stalactites, which cannot be indulged in anywhere else.
• Witness the stunning glow worms under the brightness of red torchlights as they sprawl throughout the caves.
• Shop for souvenirs and gifts at the Glow Worm Gift Shop situated at the end of the cave tour.
• Go ahead and explore nearby attractions like Cedar Creek Estate Vineyard and Winery, Gallery Walk, Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk, Thunderbird Park, Wet N Wild Adventure Park, and Springbrook National Park during your Glow Worm Gold Coast tour.

How To Reach

The Glow worm caves, located in the Cedar Creek area, Tamborine Mountains, can be reached from the Gold Coast Airport, located in the Eastern Avenue, Bilinga, Queensland, Australia, via route M1 and State route 95 in under one hour.

You can opt for Line 777 bus, Line 745 bus, tram, taxi, town car from the airport to get to the Glow worm caves. If you are interested in driving yourself to the caves, you may also hire a self driven vehicle and get to the fantastic location.

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Best Time To Visit

1. Summer: The months from December to March are considered to be the best for travel to Gold Coast, where the famous Glow worm caves can be visited. The season is one of the wettest in the mainland, which makes it very feasible for the larvae to adapt to their natural habitat in rainforests and caves.

This is why, this is the best time to visit the glow worm caves in Gold Coast.

2. Winters: During the months of July to October, the season is quite cold and not the best time to visit these caves. It becomes quite rare to spot the glow worms and makes you come across them by chance.

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Glow Worm Gift Shop

When coming to an interesting and exciting place as these Glow worm caves in Gold Coast, you should not miss out the chance to purchase equally exciting merchandise for yourself and your family. If you have kids tagging along with you, make sure to give them a detour of the gift shop, where they might find something worthwhile to carry back home.

From an assortment of items, you can choose from a variety of colouring books, reference books, bookmarks, tote bags, t-shirts, mugs, cups, water bottles, wrist bands, children’s activity book, posters, hats, pendants, keychains, bottle openers, fridge and door magnets and more.

You can also look out for a collection of eatables available at the shop, which might be subject to availability and vary from season to season. Most of these items are available at cheap and throwaway prices, while a few others might still cost a decent amount to purchase.

Under any case, it might be a good idea to equip yourself with a few of these items before heading out, so that you can relive the moments spent here, when you head back home. Remember that each of these items revolve around the theme of bugs, insects and glow worms, and will include some form of mention or depiction of these.

Places to Visit Near Glow Worm Caves

Cedar Creek Estate Vineyard and Winery

Explore the picturesque vineyard that plays host to numerous weddings and lunch dates throughout the year, and taste the finest assortment of wines and other accessories at the Cedar Creek Estate Vineyard and Winery. If art fascinates you, take a stroll through the exclusive Arthur Hamblin Art Gallery. So, head out on a memorable date with your special someone at this luxurious destination located close by the Glow Worm Caves.

Gallery Walk

Stroll through the famous Gallery Walk and shop to your heart’s content at the fifty-plus shops that sell unique gifts, knick-knacks, and accessories. Explore local crafts and a few more surprises as you browse the shops. And when you feel tired or hungry, head to any of the numerous restaurants for a delightful dining experience at a small distance from Glow Worm Caves.

Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk

An offbeat Gold Coast attraction awaits at the Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk, which offers one-of-a-kind eco-adventures. Witness the stunning rainforest canopies and the iconic Eco Gallery as you head on this 45-minute walk after your Glow Worm Caves tour. Indulge in a thrilling sensual affair at the varied attractions of the natural paradise.

Thunderbird Park

With translucent rock pools and enchanting scenery, Thunderbird Park is a must-visit geological wonder nestled in the Tamborine mountain range. Participate in a wide variety of fun activities that range from horse riding and canyon flying to golfing and bird feeding with your loved ones. You can also camp at this wildlife oasis after your Glow Worms Cave tour.

Wet N Wild Adventure Park

One of Gold Coast’s most visited theme parks, the Wet N Wild Adventure Park lives up to its name with its numerous aquatic rides and attractions. A family-friendly adventure, the rides at this park have been designed to cater to visitors of all age groups and thrill preferences. Explore unique features like Dive N Movies and spend a memorable fun time with your loved ones after your Glow Worm Gold Coast tour.

Springbrook National Park

An unmissable natural wonder of Gold Coast stands as the Springbrook National Park, a massive expanse of greenery and landscape that attracts tons of tourists daily. See the exotic flora and fauna of Australia as you traverse through waterfalls and rainforests. A guided tour of the National Park is the perfect experience to indulge in after your enthralling Glow Worm Caves tour.

Traveller's tips before visiting Glow Worm Caves

1. Always dress according to the season but wear loose and cotton clothes since the environment around glow worm caves is mostly humid and moist.

2. Always keep an umbrella or raincoat handy with you since it might rain unexpectedly.

3. Make sure that you carry least number of valuables and keep them safe.

4. Carry your own drinking water with you.

5. Always spray your clothes with insect repellent and always carry it with you.

6. Always check yourself and your children for insects when heading back to your car.

7. To make the most of the visit, carry least luggage with you.

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Glow Worm Caves Reviews

Sushil Kocchar
Reviewed: 16 Feb 2020
I wanted a package which was very different and this came to my surprise. Watching the sky full of stars at night and spending time in the caves can never be forgotten. Thank you thrillophilia for this experience.
Chaten Kaur
Reviewed: 16 Feb 2020
Our guide Mark was very friendly and he knew all the things. The way he connected all the stories was very interactive. Loved the experience at natural bridge glow worm night tour. I would recommend this to all.

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