A great evening activity for the whole family
One of the great evening activities for visitors is a trip down to glow worm glen. With a bit of care you can ensure to see a great light show while minimizing impact on these luminescent locals. A good idea is to start the walk down to the glen at sunset and this way it will be dark by the time you reach the glen.
Where are the glowworms?
William Street, on the right on the Moss Vale side of town. Park at the top end of William Street. From here a steep track descends towards the glen. It will be pitch dark (especially if you turn off your torches).
How long does it take?
The return trip will take about 1 hour. Add your glow worm viewing time onto this.
What are glow worms?
The truth is that glow worms are not worms at all, but rather they are the larvae offspring of the fungus gnat. Adult fungus gnats lay about 130 eggs then die soon after. After 8 or 9 days the first larvae hatch. They position themselves near tiny cracks or seepage spots, where they can retreat to if conditions become too cold or dry.
Why do they glow?
The light is produced by a chemical reaction between certain body fluids and oxygen.
When is the best time of year to see the glow worms?
The best time to see the glow worms is from December to February.
Time: 1 hour
Distance: 2km return
Conditions: A torch is necessary to return from the Glen at night