Wednesday, February 21, 2018  
 
News & Updates
1.5 Million $ Gorge Prescinct Upgrade
18-02-2018 
As a part of Parks Victoria's upgrade investment in the Chalet and environs their is to be a $1.5 Mil upgrade of the facilities at the gorge precinct car park - the plans are at the draft stage and public consultation is to take place (see detail of briefing dates and times) - outline information and links to relevant documentation is at - https://www.facebook.com/VisitMountBuffalomndk/

CAMPING AT MOUNT BUFFALO
09-12-2017 
Camping at Lake Catani camping ground available through to the end og April. There is also outstation hike in camping located at Rocky Creek and Mount McLeod (Drop Toilets). Bookings can be made at www.parkweb.vic.gov.au

VISITING MOUNT BUFFALO THIS SUMMER
09 - 12 -2017 
Mount Buffalo is well worth a visit in the summer. The mountain is normally 10 degrees cooler than Bright and the alpine valleys, so it is a great place to relax and escape the heat on hot days. There is swimming, fishing and kayaking on Lake Catani. Rock Climbing,Abseiling, Bushwalking, Porta ledge picnics and many other amazing activities and adventures are available using licensed tour operators.  There is a coffee van in the gorge and a Cafe at Dingo Dell (See drop down menu for opening hours).
Why not visit one of our amazing waterfalls or perhaps experience sunset at the Horn where you can also view the amazing Bogong Moths swarming as the darkness falls.
Spoil yourself and "Visit Mount Buffalo" this summer.



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MOUNT BUFFALO GLOW-WORMS

MOUNT BUFFALO GLOW-WORM - Arachnocampa buffaloensis.

GLOWWORMS AT MOUNT BUFFALO                                                                                                                                     

There are glowworms in the underground river cave at Mount Buffalo that are a species that exist nowhere else. The following is an extract regarding the Mount Buffalo glowworm

Arachnocampa buffaloensis. A colony of Arachnocampa has been found in an alpine cave on Mount Buffalo in Victoria. Early research suggests it is a new species, but related to A. tasmaniensis and the New Zealand species, A. luminosa. Its presence suggests rainforest may have extended up the mountain in the past. The Victorian Government presently has it listed (called the Mount Buffalo glow-worm) as a threatened species.

The Underground River Cave is too dangerous to enter without experience and the proper equipment (Helmets and Lights etc).

Adventure Guides Australia conduct regular adventures into this cave - see the activities pages. As glowworms are a rainforest species and this population seems to have survived on the mountain since  past times when these ancient forests used to cover the area and it was no doubt much wetter and with a higher humidity. Perhaps they have survived from the days of the dinosaurs. The underground river stream cave is the last place on mount buffalo that has the wet dark and insect laden environment that these creatures need to survive. They are listed as an endangered species by the Government.


SOME INFORMATION ON GLOWWORMS

Glow-worms are the larvae of a fly from the family Keroplatidae. Their closest relatives are the fungus flies that seek out mushrooms for their larvae to consume. Glow-worms have gone out on an evolutionary limb, albeit a successful one. They have lost their association with fungi and have instead become carnivorous. The unique feature of glow-worms is their ability to bioluminesce (to produce light). Because they are not very mobile the larvae must trap insects in their webs, much like spiders, and they use light to bait the trap. The larvae prey on flying insects, mostly small flies that are attracted to the bioluminescence. The larvae build a structure composed of a horizontal mucous tube suspended by a network of threads from the earth or rock substrate. The larva moves back and forwards in the tube and can turn in its own length. The larvae spend a considerable amount of time maintaining their snares which are the many fine silken fishing lines that hang downwards, decorated by periodically placed sticky droplets. Flying insects are caught in the
droplets and hauled up for consumption by the voracious larvae. In caves where the airflow is gentle the snares can reach 50 cm in length. In rainforests where they are exposed to stronger air movement they are usually only 5 cm or so long.

(Extract from Australian Glow-worms in Caves
By David Merritt & Claire Baker
School of Life Sciences,
The University of Queensland,
St Lucia, Qld 4072)