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Glow worms lighten up the Australian Blue Mountains

Glow worm tunnels at at Newnes, near Lithgow, are a beautiful and curious part of the Greater Blue Mountains and a bright experience for international tourists.
07 July 2010
The tunnel that houses the glow worms was originally a part of the Wolgan Valley Railway, but as it is no longer in use the tunnel has become a water course which the insects have made their home.

Visitors may have to wade through a little water to view the glow worms and flashlights are essential to find your position before turning off in order to see the glow of the insects.

The glow worms’ blue-ish glow is the result of a reaction between body products and oxygen in the enlarged tips of the insect's four excretory tubes.

The Blue Mountains are a spectacular national parks area easily accessible by train or car from Sydney. There are also a number of tour companies that operate group trips to the region, or you are able to conduct your own tour using information from the tourism site www.visitbluemountains.com.au.

All international tourists to Australia, unless they have an Australian or New Zealand passport, must have an Australian Travel Visa.

The most commonly used is the ETA Visa, as it can easily and quickly be applied for online.

All international tourists to Australia, unless they have an Australian or New Zealand passport, must have an Australian Travel Visa.

The most popular of these visas is the ETA Visa, as it can easily and quickly be applied for online.