Photo credit:@andrew__burston (via IG)
Ghost Mushroom Lane | Now Open
The 2019 Ghost Mushroom season has started at Ghost Mushroom Lane in Glencoe.
ForestrySA is pleased to offer you the chance to experience the brilliant glow first hand – free of charge! The Ghost Mushroom (Omphalotus nidiformis) is a bioluminescent fungus that emits a soft green glow at night. These spooky little night lights typically emerge after late autumn rains, emitting a luminescent glow after dark. There’s no shortage of them either with tens of thousands of these funghi appearing from May – June. This is the largest site of its type in the country.
More than 18,500 visited the forest to see the Ghost Mushroom in the 2017 opening season.
About the mushrooms:
- 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. It is thought that the glow attracts insects and other invertebrates which feed on the mushroom, helping to spread spores and propagate new colonies.
- The Ghost Mushroom glow can be bright enough to read the words on a page!
Visit Ghost Mushroom Lane:
ForestrySA is invites members of the public to visit Ghost Mushroom Lane after dark during May and June and experience the glow of the mushroom for themselves. The lane is located within a known mushroom breeding ground, among commercial pine forest near Glencoe just 16km from Mount Gambier. See the site map here.
Visitors keen to exit their cars can take a walk and view the mushrooms up close. Ghost markers are also available at the beginning of the lane and can be placed along the track where mushroom populations have been found to assist other visitors.
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.
A forest permit is not required to visit the trail, but you can observe the conditions of entry to the forest and take care while walking on uneven ground in the dark.
Be aware that Ghost Mushroom Lane is located within a working commercial pine forest and entry is undertaken at your own risk. The ground is irregular and uneven, with loose surfaces. As the Ghost Mushroom can only be seen after dark, visibility is also poor. This experience is suited to people with an average level of fitness. Warm clothes, sensible closed-toe footwear and a torch are a must.
Ghost Mushroom Central walking trails:
A series of walking trails has been established in pine forest just off the lane-way, within Ghost Mushroom Central.
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.
Check here to see updates on the trails.
Book a Ghost Mushroom Lane tour:
ForestrySA is pleased to offer guided tours for those who want to learn more and get the most from their visit to Ghost Mushroom Lane. Tours operate each Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights during May and June 2019.
They are run by ForestrySA trained guides and provide the opportunity to view and photograph the luminous fungi up close, in a family friendly environment.
View the promotional video below:
For more information and all enquiries please visit the Forestry SA website.
What: Ghost Mushroom Lane
When: May & June 2019 | Remaining open dependent on weather
Where: Ghost Mushroom Lane | near Glencoe, 16km North West of Mount Gambier | see how to get there here
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: @andrew__burston (via IG), Forestry SA
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