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Walk among ancient mossy trees and giant tree ferns at Melba Gully in the Otways and experience the unique spectacle provided by the large colony of glow worms. During the day this is a perfect setting for picnics and bushwalks and after dark the banks beside the walking tracks glitter from the twinkling of the tiny night time creatures.
Walk in the wilderness
Take the easy walk along Madsens Track that reveals the small surviving remnant of dense rainforest in the Great Otway National Park. Meander through the original forest, following the Johanna River and passing the Big Tree – a 300-year-old Otway messmate with a massive girth of 27 metres, a reminder of the giant trees that once covered the Otway Ranges.
Creatures of the night
Visit Melba Gully at night to see hundreds of tiny pinpricks of light gleaming and twinkling in the dark forest creating a magical effect. During the 9-month larval stage, the glow worms live in damp, dark places throughout the Otways, such as the soil banks and overhanging ledges along the walking tracks in Melba Gully. Bring a torch but avoid shining it directly at the glow worms, as they 'turn out the lights' when disturbed. From the picnic ground car park take a short walk along a well-graded gravel track. There are guide rails beside the best viewing areas.