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Published September 13th 2012
Unique outdoor experiences in Victoria
Looking for a new outdoor local adventure as the weather warms up? Create some great memories with your friends, other half or family when you explore these Victorian natural places after dark. Perhaps the best thing about these experiences is that they are off the beaten path, so you won't be battling with crowds to enjoy them. Before you set out, get prepared with warm clothes, a good torch, a picnic rug, drinks and snacks.
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1. Griffith Island Mutton Bird (Shearwater) Colony, Port Fairy
Viewing the mutton birds as they return to their burrows at sunset is a popular attraction for visitors to Port Fairy each Summer. Rather than heading to the viewing platform with the hoards, follow the Griffith Island walking circuit to the right until you reach the first beach. This is best done while still light, especially if you are unfamiliar with the island. At the beach, lie down and wait for the show. Not only will you see the many birds as they return, you will hear the swish of their wings as they fly just over your heads.
After dark has descended you can see these magical creatures. Glow worms are not actually worms- they are insect larvae that like to live in damp, dark places. Melba Gully is located 1.5km from the Great Ocean Road, 3km west of Lavers Hill. There is a 35 minute circuit track to follow (Madsen's Track Nature Trail) to view the glow worms. Parks Victoria ask visitors to avoid disturbing the glow worms; so keep curious fingers and torchlights away. Allow your night vision to develop and enjoy a slow walk through this naturally lit wonderland.
3. Terrick Terrick National Park Stargazing Located just over an hour north of Bendigo is this unassuming national park. During the day, the park attracts bird watchers and other nature lovers. At night, Mount Terrick Terrick is the perfect place for stargazing. On clear nights you will be overwhelmed by the dark, vast uninterrupted view of the sky. Basic camping facilities are located at the base of the mountain. The modest mountain is an easy 10-15 minute walk from the campground, but I'd suggest heading up first in daylight to get an idea of the track. The top of the mountain is flatish rock – consider bringing up a picnic blanket and pillow or camping chair so you can get comfortable while you enjoy the celestial show.