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Magic Mushroom Season in Australia

Magic mushrooms are reminiscent of Australia’s hippy era in the 1960s. And here we are, 50 years later, where they are becoming popular again among teenagers and the social scene in Australia. They are cheap and easy to find if you know when and where to look for them. You have to be careful you know a magic mushroom from a poisonous mushroom. Making a mistake can be deadly or leave you with permanent brain damage.

During the cold months of winter in Australia, magic mushrooms pop up around the country. The magic happens only once a year. with the right combination of temperature and moisture magic mushrooms rear their heads in all sorts of places. In gardens, forests, playgrounds, creeks, and parks. But, unless you know exactly what you are doing, you can poison yourself, so never eat mushrooms you pick yourself.

Magic Mushroom Season in Australia

Australia has 30 types of mushrooms with the hallucinogenic compound psilocybin. Psilocybin decreases brain activity in the prefrontal cortex for up to 6 hours after ingestion. British researcher, Robin Carhart-Harris found that people ingesting magic mushrooms received information the brain usually discarded. This is because its ability to interpret its sensory inputs is decreased. Magic mushrooms allow the mind to work freely, which can account for the hallucinations.

Beware, it is illegal to cultivate, possess or eat magic mushrooms in Australia. Being caught with or using magic mushrooms can land you with a fine of up to $3000 and even a stint in jail if you are unlucky. Police usually only issue warnings about the areas they are going to target during the, magic mushroom season.

Effects of Magic Mushrooms

Ingesting magic mushrooms change how you see the world. How they affect you is unpredictable and you can have a good or bad trip. The effects will start taking place almost immediately or up to an hour later. Most people feel its effects 15-40 minutes after ingestion.

You can feel paranoid, anxiety and panic and your reality will be heightened. You can experience:

  • mood swings
  • twitching
  • clumsiness
  • numbness
  • nausea
  • a sense of euphoria and wellbeing
  • hallucinations
  • distorted sense of self, time and space.

Mixing magic mushrooms with other drugs or with alcohol can end in an emergency situation. The unpredictable effects of the mushrooms mixed with other drugs can cause a bad trip. This can mean you:

  • experience self-harm or violence
  • are afraid and anxious
  • have frightening hallucinations you think are real
  • feel as though you are going mad.

Ingesting magic mushrooms on a regular basis can also trigger random anxiety and psychotic attacks. You can even experience flashbacks to the hallucinations for up to many years later. Any deaths attributed to magic mushrooms are from taking the wrong mushrooms, the result of dangerous behavior or accidents while under its influence, as well from self-harm.


23 comments on “Magic Mushroom Season in Australia
  1. Robert Thompson

    Are gold tops good to go in Tassie in November?

  2. Jeremy

    wow this article is riddled with misinformation. Did the author actually do any research when writing this? I can pin point the demographic of the author just by the choice of language lol

    • Josh

      So true. It is loaded with misinformation. I especially am annoyed at how wrong this piece is regarding the research of Carhart-Harris.

  3. Dylan

    Anyone able to tell me any spots for mushrooms in north Brisbane area please?

  4. Mike

    I’m down near Lennox head. Can anyone give me some tips and locations please. Not even sure of seasons etc. would love to learn. Am fascinated by fungi

  5. Ludovic De Vleeschauwer

    Someone can tell me if I can find gold tops in bundaberg please. Thx

  6. waltywo

    is there any strains in or around the northern suburbs of south australia? ive been wanting to hunt for them for ages but i dont know where to start

  7. lando cuberissian

    This is an all around bad article. This should seriously be removed or heavily revised.

    Anyone interested in useful information regarding the picking of psychoactive mushrooms should consult message boards such as shroomery for accurate information from people with actual experience.

    Anyone interested in the history of psychoactive mushrooms or an accurate description of the effects should consult a reputable source such as Erowid, MAPS, or a variety of mycologists with online presence.

  8. John Giese

    Hi my name is John, have diagnoses of Motor Neuron Disease, wondering where I can get magic mushrooms, for Neurons, thanks

  9. Madmex

    Its gonna be my 1rst hunting, waiting for a good decent rain this winter season. Planning to go blue mountains late june, any specific places anyone might wanna share. Any best camping spots and hunting spots ?

  10. Matt

    What time of the year is good for NSW?
    And where should I look?

  11. ishmael

    to see good biking trails difficult when muddy goto wells rd seaford Victoria winter after good rains outside the bmx track walk up towards motocross track entrance for a good view

  12. steve

    go down seaford along the foreshore area or at jacks rd motorbike track along the grassed areas outside the fence try near the gate south of where the track entrance is they used to grow {for identification only, do not pick, it’s not legal} where the bmx track is but the council howed all the bracken and grass so no more mushrooms. I used to go there in early 80s been back a few times I’m either too late weather not right or they don’t grow there any more forget the paddocks across the road theres nothing there they seem to grow in very distinct areas. good luck {} be careful some people shouldn’t take these and {its not legal to pick them so don’t break the law}

  13. Daniel

    Im not sure where you got your info.. but I [EDIT: research] gold tops almost all year round in QLD. And almost all year round for blue meanies back in vic..Weather permitting.

    Second article I have seen that said this.
    All the more for me I suppose.

    Why would you write something that obviously you have no science behind?

  14. iain

    what are the other 27 types other than P. subaeruginosa P. cubensis and G. purpuratus?

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