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“Good example of ecotourism helping to protect fauna”
Review of Glow Worm Caves

Glow Worm Caves
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Rathdowney
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“Good example of ecotourism helping to protect fauna”
Reviewed April 28, 2012

The idea behind this cave was suggested by a national park ranger, to take the pressure off natural population of glow worms in national parks. Yes, the cave is artificial, but beautifully made, and there is nothing artificial about the glow worms: they have been happily breeding there for several years and have increased their numbers from a few hundred to several thousand. For visitors, it provides a way of seeing the glow worms in daylight hours, as they have a reverse-lighting schedule within the cave (fooling the insects - they are insects, not really 'worms' - into thinking it is night time when really daylight outside). For the glow worms, only small groups are allowed, strictly controlled so as not to have any negative impact on them, and sparing their wild cousins the impacts that have been seen in other places. I have taken many people there and never tire of seeing them myself. And afterwards you can sample the local wines or have a good (if somewhat expensive) meal overlooking lovely scenery. The owners have also established some impressive rainforest along the creek, forming part of a wildlife corridor in conjunction with neighbouring properties.

Visited April 2012
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brisbane
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“lovely”
Reviewed April 17, 2012

this is an awsome experience and would have impressed me more if i had not seen glow worms in a natural habitat. this place is an attempt at preserving disappearing wildlife and is very educational. children will love it. everyone should go once. the gardens are lovely. the caves themselves look very fake(because they are) and theme park-y

Visited July 2011
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Richmond, Virginia
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“Interesting, educational, once in a lifetime experience”
Reviewed April 3, 2012

These man-made caves were created to help regenerate the glow worms that are quickly dying-off in nature. The worms are very sensitive to light and temperature changes so these climate & light controlled caves are helping to re-populate the caves that do exist.

The tour is informative and educational. The guides are passionate about the worms and their future. For about $10/pp this tour is worth the trip if you're out at Tamborine Mountain. Glow worms only exist in 2 other places in nature so take advantage of the opportunity to see them up close and personal in this special environment. Also, you can do some wine tasting at the main building while waiting for the next tour to begin :-)

Visited March 2012
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Ipswich, Queensland, Australia
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“You can't be glum when the sun shines out your bum!”
Reviewed March 18, 2012

A short (25 minute) and interesting tour of the man-made glow worm cave at Mt Tamborine. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and friendly, and there were lots of glow worms to see. The food at the restaurant is really good too, and there is a huge selection of wines to buy too!

Visited March 2012
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“Interesting but a bit boring for younger children.”
Reviewed March 5, 2012

This was something different to do as we had never seen glow worms before so was quite interested to find out about them. The first part is information based on a tv screen then you walk through a cave and see the worms all glowing up. The tour guide is very informative and knew his stuff which was great. Younger children from 1-4 years old behind us kept moaning and crying, I guessed they were a bit bored as there isn't really much to see or do.

Visited March 2012
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