Ghost Mushroom Lane in Mount Gambier
Ghost Mushroom Lane is a seasonal forest tourism experience proudly presented during May and June annually.
The Ghost Mushroom Lane visitor site is located within a known mushroom breeding ground, among commercial pine forest near Glencoe, just 16km from Mount Gambier. It is open in May and June, during the annual Ghost Mushroom season
The Ghost Mushroom (Omphalotus nidiformis) is a bioluminescent fungus that emits a soft green glow at night. The species is native to Australia and can often be found growing on decaying plant material, such as stumps left behind following pine tree harvest. The mushrooms emerge in late autumn following good rain and continue into winter, reaching a size of up to 20cm wide.
The soft green glow is a result of a chemical reaction between fungal enzymes and oxygen. The Ghost Mushroom glow can be bright enough to read the words on a page.
How to access the mushroom site:
Before visiting the site, you must obtain an access pass. Passes can be booked and paid for online.
To comply with SA Government COVID-19 regulations and assist with contract tracing, all visitors to the lane must check-in on arrival using the mySA GOV app. A manual sign-in option will also be provided for those unable to use the app.
Once the season begins on May 1st you will be available to book via the link below.
Visitors keen to exit their cars to see the mushrooms up close, should wear warm clothes, sensible shoes and bring a torch to help navigate the forest trails and uneven ground.
For the enjoyment of others, please leave the mushrooms exactly as you found them. The chemical in the mushroom responsible for the glow can be poisonous, causing cramps and vomiting if ingested. Accidental touching is not harmful.
Please observe the conditions of entry to the forest and take care while walking on uneven ground in the dark.
Ghost Mushroom Lane is not suitable for buses, caravans, campervans or trailers. Car-parking is available out the front. Commercial bus tour operators must contact ForestrySA in advance to arrange access.
There are guided tours available for those who want to learn more and get the most from their visit to Ghost Mushroom Lane. A range of casual and closed group tours are available to book throughout the Ghost Mushroom season (May and June annually).
They are run by ForestrySA trained guides and provide the opportunity to view and photograph the luminous fungi up close, in a safe, friendly environment. Fees apply.
Central Walking Trails:
A series of walking trails are established in pine forest just off the lane-way, within Ghost Mushroom Central during the season.
The Fairy Tale Hollow, Fungi Hunter Alley, Ghostly Gully and the Neon Forest trails have been marked out in known mushroom hot-spots, helping visitors find their way in the dark.
The location of these walks will change throughout the season as mushroom colonies die off and others emerge.
How to get there:
Ghost Mushroom Lane is a 2.3km stretch of roadway located within OneFortyOne Plantations commercial pine forest near Glencoe, just 16km North West of Mount Gambier.
From the Riddoch Highway / Princes Highway Roundabout (near Mount Gambier Visitor and Discovery Centre, Mount Gambier), drive along the Princes Highway towards Millicent.
After 12km, turn right on Kangaroo Flat Road and drive for a further 4.3 km, before turning right into Ghost Mushroom Lane.
Signage is clearly visible from the road.
Choosing when to visit:
A full moon will substantially diminish the appearance of the mushroom’s glow. The darker the night, the brighter the Ghost Mushroom will appear to the naked eye and the better experience you will enjoy.
Make sure you plan your trip in advance using the moonrise, moonset and phase calendar.
See the video below:
For more information and all enquiries please visit the Forestry SA website.
What: Glow in the Dark Ghost Mushrooms
When: May and June 2021
Where: Ghost Mushroom Lane | near Glencoe (see instructions above)
At Play & Go Adelaide we make every effort to provide accurate information to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. We recommend confirming times, dates and details directly before making any plans as details may be subject to change.
Image Source: Forestry SA website
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