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Glow Worm Glen Walk

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by Stella Bella (subscribe)
Freelance, event organiser, food tour guide, lifestyle designer. The organizer of the largest bushwalking and social community in Australia. So why not sponsor a walk to promote your business with my group? www.meetup.com/walkers-165
Published November 2nd 2012
The information board of the Glow Worm Glen Walk@Bundanoon


As a keen bushwalker I have been to nearly 26 national parks in NSW over the past four years as a group leader. If you ask me which one is my favorite national park, I would not hesitate to tell you that it is the Bundanoon Morton National Park. If you ask me why, it would be the enchanted twilight walk leading to the ultimate nature's wonder in NSW, Glow Worm Glen.

The Glow Worm Glen Walk is located on William Street, on the right on the Moss Vale side of town. It is a one hour return trip graded as easy to medium with some steep steps. The walk is on a well-established track with some wet and dump sections at the end. You need torches to be on this night walk. When you are approaching the glen, you will hear water running and you feel humidity and freshness in the air. When you get there you will be amazed and enchanted by what you see, but please remain quiet and try not to disturb the luminescent locals with noises and lights, they are very shy creatures.

What you will see is the pitch dark side of the stone wall filled with yellowish glowing bugs, just like a night sky decorated with stars, hundreds and thousands of them. They position themselves in tiny cracks, seepage spots or any tiny spaces to which they can retreat when the weather conditions change in the outside world. Underneath the stone wall where they silently reside, there is a little creek running through the glen.

According to science, the glow worm glows because light is produced by a chemical reaction between certain body fluids and oxygen. But I would love to interpret it in a more poetic way, the flower fairy has fallen in love with this place, she sprinkled her fairy dust to mark the landscape so she will come back to visit here again. I think that is enough to trigger your own imagination when you see such a place full of fantasy like this.

Please be aware that taking photos is not welcomed here because the night flashes on the camera will disturb the glow worms and they will "switch off " their lights and retreat into their crevices. That's also why I can't have a photo to put up here and show you how magical the scenario is. But it is good that you can go and experience it yourself and then you can tell me what would be the version of your fairytale about the Glow Worms Glen. Be enchanted and inspired.

For more details about Glow Worm Glen Walk, please visit Bundanoon visitor official website.


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Why? The ultimate nature's wonder in NSW
When: All seasons
Where: William St, Bundanoon
Cost: Free
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