Named after a village in Scotland, Glencoe had a bakery, hardware store, mechanical workshop as well as cheese factories, halls, post offices, sawmills, shops, schools and churches in its heyday. Today, although a post office still operates, the town is mainly known for its unique Glencoe Woolshed which has remained unchanged since it was built by Edward and Robert Leake in 1863. This National Trust museum provides visitors with a journey back to the era of the wool industry.
Towards the north of the township, you will find two lakes a few kilometres up white metal roads. The bigger Lake Leake offers a boat ramp, undercover areas, BBQs and flushing toilets. It's a great spot if you're looking for somewhere quiet to relax. The smaller Lake Edward is set within a tranquil forest. There are picnic tables as well as walking trails and lookout points around this body of water, so be sure to bring comfortable shoes.
Ghost Mushroom Lane
OneFortyOne Plantations commercial pine forest
Towards the south is the infamous Ghost Mushroom Lane, open to the public during the months of May and June. The site is a known mushroom breeding ground among OneFortyOne Plantations commercial pine forest. This native bioluminescent fungus, which grows on stumps, actually emits a brilliant glow at night. ForestrySA has established a series of walking trails to help you find the mushroom colonies in the dark. Hence, an access pass is required and can be obtained via their website. We were there in mid-May, at the time of the new moon, and it was definitely worth the five-hour drive from Adelaide.
Ghost mushroom (without the glow)
Glencoe is located approximately 30 kilometres northwest of Mount Gambier in the Limestone Coast region.