Our friends and Birthday Bear spent a few days at Tamborine Mountain to celebrate Ann's birthday.
Tamborine Mountain is only 70k from Brisbane and it has breathtaking scenery, abundant wildlife and clean, cool air. There is a strong cottage industry, many artists and wineries.
|Helen, George, Ann, Paul, Bill, Mary and me behind the camera make up the Birthday Bear group.|
Glow worms are the larvae of a small fly. Only the larvae glow and they live for a year but the fly only lives for a few days. The chemicals needed to generate the glow are all produced within the body of the glow worm and the light is projected out of the rear end of the larvae.
Glow worms glow to attract small insects that live in leaf litter and water near where the glow worms reside. They construct snares like a spider web made from silk threads and sticky droplets to capture the insects attracted to their glow.
The picture at the left shows a glow worm and its snare. This photo was scanned from the brochure because no photography was allowed in the cave, as flashes would make the glow worms turn off their light.
Inside the cave it was totally dark. The guide had an infra red torch. Looking up to the ceiling of the cave was a wonderful sight. It was like looking up to a sky filled with millions of stars.
I couldn't resist buying the postcard below.
After adjusting our eyes to the light we found the restaurant overlooking the pond. It was very relaxing eating scones and cream with morning tea.
The restaurant was surrounded by gardens with a variety of flowers. The fuchsias and roses were especially beautiful.
|The Knoll Lookout|
There are many lookouts, National Parks, hiking tracks and waterfalls.
We went for a rainforest walk called the Sandy Creek, Cameron Falls circuit. However, we didn't get to the falls as it got a bit steep for some of us. So we headed for an easier stroll through the Botanic Gardens in the next post.