When most travelers think of the Gold Coast, miles of beaches and perfect waves are what instantly come to mind. Away from the glitz of the shoreline, however, back in the bush and rural hinterlands of the Gold Coast’s hilly interior, a nocturnal world of wonder and mystique lies waiting for visitors to enjoy.
By day, Tamborine Mountain and Springbrook Plateau offer lush forests laden with waterfalls and native Australian birdlife. And while the hills themselves make an enjoyable spot, the real treat is when the sun goes down and there is suddenly light in the dark.
Glow worms—as they are popularly known—are luminescent larvae that twinkle within caves set back in the recesses of the forest, and the millions of worms can light up the caves like a galaxies racing through the sky. On glow worm tours from the Gold Coast, not only do the worms illuminate caves tucked deep in the recesses of the forest, but the stars outside are equally as stunning once you escape the lights of the city. With flashlight in hand and a knowledgeable guide, trek through the forest in search of wildlife like early Australian pioneers, before entering caves where millions of glow worms literally shine through the dark. When combined with the winding 4x4 drive and drinks at a mountaintop lodge, these tours are a fusion of comfort, adventure and one of nature’s most marvelous sights.