Glow Worm Tunnel – Shining bright… like a diamond

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The drive begins at Graffiti Castle. No one knows why it is there, or who built it. In its glory days it could have been a toilet, or perhaps a spot for Blue Mountains witches to come for raves (I’ve heard they actually do that somewhere).


The bush is still, with nothing except a rusty car. Why did they break down there? Am I next?

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As you continue to drive to the Glow Worm Caves, you will see these layered rocks that have great handholds jutting out of them. They are perfect for a casual climb, and the view from the top of them looks out over the entire valley.

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When you get to the walk, you will go from dry, barren terrain, to lush ferns, that stretch out their leaves into the path that you’re trying to walk on. Luckily, there were no leeches.

I happened upon this trunk stretched across the path. It was too tall for me to climb on by myself, so I had to go through the ferns to inch my way across. The tree trunk is much more wobbly than it appears.

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When you eventually get to the tunnel, you will see this faded sign that reads, “Give the worms a go. Keep the lights and noise low. Please don’t touch glow worms.”

To be honest, I just hope the glow worms don’t touch me.

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The glow worms stretch out across the walls in similar patterns to the night sky. It’s basically like feeling the stars are actually very tiny, and close enough to touch. It is pitch black inside the tunnel except for the torch on my phone.

I wish I could take a photo of them to show you, but nothing would come close to knowing what it’s like to wander through a cold dripping cave at 7PM at night, hoping that when you come out of the pitch black tunnel, there will still be some daylight left to walk back by. It wasn’t just the tiny pin-pricks of light that made it an eerie experience, it was the whole atmosphere of the place.

I couldn’t make it through the entire tunnel because the echoes from ghostly voices and strange footsteps freaked me out too much. Turns out it was just some teenage boys.

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Is the Central West the centre of the best?

A lot of tourists miss out on the best that the Central West has to offer. If you look on TripAdvisor or VisitNSW you can find a lot of great things to do in Bathurst, but although all the man-made attractions are listed, there are many more hidden spots that are impossible to Google.

Some Sydney-siders think that Bathurst’s only redeeming feature is Mount Panorama. However, that is far from the truth. The natural beauty of Sydney’s sandy beaches are rivaled by the majestic sandstone formations of Evans Crown, or the ever-changing banks of the Wambuul River.

Stop sipping coffee in your hipster cafes, and stand in awe of the beautiful untamed country you call home.