Saturday, April 20, 2019  
 
News & Updates
NEW RULES FOR BUS PARKING
15-04-2019 
Please be advised a new bus drop off / pick up point has been constructed at the Mount Buffalo Chalet for improved pedestrian safety

This is located out the front of the Chalet garden, opposite the entry to the Gorge Car Park. Please note there is now NO BUS PARKING in the Gorge Car Park. (Larger than 12 seater vehicles)

Access to the new bus drop off / pick up point can be reached by driving directly up towards the Chalet and utilising the Chalet Car Park as a turn-around point before dropping off or picking up guests.

For stops longer than 5 minutes, buses can park at the large space opposite the Parks Office on Mount Buffalo road (near the entry to the Monolith walking track).

Safety is paramount to Parks Victoria and thanks all licensees for their understanding.

For further information or clarification, please contact Adam Kerry on 0499 018 384 or call 13 1963 or visit www.parks.vic.gov.au


CHALET TOURS AND JUNIOR RANGER ACTIVITIES
04-04-2019 
There will be Chalet tours 18 April to 15th May plus Junior Ranger activities during the School Holidays see "ACTIVITIES" drop down menu

DINGO DELL CAFE AND GORGE COFFEE VAN SCHOOL HOLIDAY AND EASTER HOURS
01-04-2019 
DINGO DELL CAFE - Will open Wednesday 3rd April to Friday 5th April and then stay open 7 days a week over the Victorian School Holidays and Easter - 6th to 23rd April
The Cafe is located in a family friendly day public day shelter with, tables, toilets and change rooms. You are welcome to bring your own food and use the facilities in the shelter as it is a public area.
Hours 10 m to 5 pm

GORGE COFFEE VAN - Will be closed 2nd to 5th April and will reopen Saturday 6th April. The van will remain open 7 days a week (weather permitting) during the Victorian School Holidays and Easter 6th to the 23rd April
Hours 10 am to 4 pm

CAMPING AT LAKE CATANI
18-12-2018 
Camping at lake Catani is open through to the end of April (Book at the Parkweb website). There are also two "outstation" hike in camp areas out near the reservoir, bookings essential. 




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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)