Melba Gully Glows
*** Awarded Best Cache & Best Cache Locaction ***
2018 Victorian Cache of the Year Awards
Welcome to one of Victoria's
most beautiful parks.
At the heart of Melba Gully lies cool
rainforest, overflowing with luxuriant ferns
and giant moss-covered trees.
Melba Gully is alive with natural history
and secretive creatures.
Traces of a colourful recent past
are fading into the forest.
Patterns of light and shade shimmer
throughout the day and Glow Worms
create a wonderland at night
(Clip Art Source : https://lolzombie.com/4621/glow-worm/)
Although this is a night cache, we recommend arriving before nightfall to familiarize yourself with the path and also experience the wonders of Melba Gully in the daylight. There is a complete circuit walk that is not a requirement of the cache, but well worth the effort. It takes approximately 45 minutes but would be a slightly higher terrain than the cache requirements as it has steps and steep, narrow paths. An ideal way to enjoy the area is to explore during daylight, followed by a meal in the picnic area while you wait for dusk and the wonder of the Glow Worms.
While this is a family friendly area there are some steep drop-offs so please be careful, especially with young ones.
Sturdy shoes are a must as the tracks can be slippery in the wet and there is always a chance of snakes.
Always use your torch while moving along the track at night. Only switch it off when in a safe location to better view the Glow Worms.
To log this cache you must send your answers to the following questions via the "message this owner" option at the top of the cache page
At the Information Shelter WP1
Q1. Glow Worms are the larvae of what insect?
Q2. What year was the property purchased to build the Tea Rooms?
Q3. Who was the property purchased for?
Plaque at the BBQ Shelter WP2
Q4. Who was the plaque dedicated to?
Q5. When was it dedicated?
Between WP3 and WP4
Glow Worms should be able to be seen in many locations between these two WPs, after dark.
*Please remember Glow Worms are protected. Do not disturb them or the soil banks where they live.
*Shining your torch directly on/at the Glow Worms will make them go out.
Q6. Where did you find the best place to view the Glow Worms?
Q7. Describe what you saw.
Virtual Reward - 2017/2018
This Virtual Cache is part of a limited release of Virtuals created between August 24, 2017 and August 24, 2018. Only 4,000 cache owners were given the opportunity to hide a Virtual Cache. Learn more about Virtual Rewards on the Geocaching Blog.