In the Glencoe forest, a few kilometers from the heart of Mount Gambier, a rare colony of glow-in-the-dark mushrooms became a new and unexpected visitor attraction for the region.
In 2016 Mount Gambier photographer Ockert Le Roux discovered the large clusters in the Forestry SA radiata pine forest. He approached Forestry SA about the concept of sharing the discovery with the public. It was agreed and the result was astounding, with visits by over 15,000 people.
The mushrooms are seasonal, appearing in late autumn, the fan-shaped Omphalotus nidiformis is nicknamed the ‘ghost mushroom’ due to its bioluminescent qualities. Creamy white in the daytime, the fungi undergoes a spectacular transformation at night, glowing a luminous green due to a chemical reaction between fungal enzymes and oxygen.
The best time to see the fungi at their peak would be six days after the start of the full moon and 10 days before the start of the next full moon.
The 2017 season has finished, but for those who missed them, the news is good. Forestry SA and Tourism Mount Gambier are reviewing the success of this first year and it has been confirmed that access will be once granted to visit the extraordinary Ghost Mushroom Lane in 2018. Updates on the opening dates will be available on this site. Get planning now for an Autumn getaway to Mount Gambier in 2018.