Find Glow Worms on the Sunshine Coast

Australia are one of the rare places in the world where glow worms are relatively common.

With 5 different species of glow worms found across the country, if you are visiting or live on the Sunshine Coast there are two great locations to see these fantastic creatures for yourself.


Where to Find Glow Worms

The Springbrook National Park is a UNESCO protected park and is located in the beautiful mountain areas of Springbrook. It is the natural habitat of many exotic animals and sometimes the place looks like it came out of a fantasy book.

Another great location is the Tamborine Caves. This cave system has two large chambers where you can view the glow worms. It is a very professional set up and obviously as you are viewing the glow worms in a cave system you can see them during the day which is great for families. The first chamber features a visual presentation of how these worms glow and the second chamber is where you will see what you came for – the glow worms!


Getting to the Locations

To get to the Springbrook National Park you will need to drive about 1-2 hours from the Sunshine Coast depending on your route. You can get there via the skinny winding road through Mudgeeraba, Gold Coast-Springbrook or you can opt via the much more established and wider Nerang-Murwillumbah Road, which is about  5 kilometers from the Gold Coast.  

The Tamborine Caves is a 1 hour, 15-minute drive from the airport. You will also need a car for this route but both destinations have glow worm tour companies that will take you there. The caves are open 10:00am to 4:00pm daily.


Serene & Colourful Scenery

Going through the Springbrook National Park forest gives you the chance to look out for over 100 species of birds that call the forest home. There is obviously much more to see in the National Park than the glow worms and there are many different companies that can help you tour the whole place. Various tour durations can span approximately 3.5 hours to 10 hours.

When you arrive in the Tamborine Caves, you will walk through wood bridges through the stunning scenery of the garden.


Best Times to Visit the Glow Worms

The best time to visit Springbrook National Park is during the hot summer season as the mountains are a good place too cool of when the city gets too hot. Being 2,277 ft above sea level it takes the edge off the heat.

Visiting the Tamborine Caves can be done all-year-round  as they are  climate controlled and will be ready whenever you go there in any season. You will always find the place comfortable.

Come and visit these different places to find Glow Worms in Queensland Australia. Your trip will be one to remember.