Mushroom hunting in NSW and QLD, a quick guide. As a seasoned mushroom hunter with over a decade of experience, I have spent countless hours scouring the Australian wilderness in search of the elusive liberty cap and golden teacher mushrooms. In this post, I will share with you my secrets for finding these prized mushrooms in Queensland (QLD) and New South Wales (NSW), as well as the tools and expert knowledge you’ll need to make your own successful hunts.
Finding Liberty Caps and Golden Teachers in Queensland:
QLD is home to some of the best mushroom hunting grounds in Australia, particularly in the warmer months from September to January. Mushrooms can grow growing on the ground, on tree trunks and fallen logs, and on dead or decaying wood. Also look for these mushrooms growing in other spots. They can also be found in damp and shaded areas, such as under the canopy of trees or near streams and creeks.
Next time you’re driving down a road, keep a look out. Magic mushies can be found in cow paddies, but also be aware that it is important to identify them properly as there are many poisonous mushrooms that grow in the same area. Safety first.
Similarly, in the forests of New South Wales, mushrooms can be found growing in similar habitats such as on the ground, on tree trunks and fallen logs, and on dead or decaying wood. They can also be found in damp and shaded areas, such as under the canopy of trees or near streams and creeks.
Finding Liberty Caps and Golden Teachers in New South Wales:
NSW is also a great place to find these mushrooms, with the best hunting grounds located in the coastal regions, particularly around the Byron Bay area. These mushrooms can also be found in cow paddies, along with other fields, and in the forests. The specific types of mushrooms found in each area will depend on the types of trees and other vegetation present, as well as the local climate and weather conditions. Never eat any mushrooms without a seasoned mushroom expert. These little guys can be poisonous.
Tools for for your search:
To ensure a successful mushroom hunt, it is essential to have the right tools on hand. These include:
- A good quality mushroom hunting knife, which is essential for cutting and cleaning the mushrooms.
- A basket or container for collecting the mushrooms.
- A field guide or mushroom identification book, to help you identify the mushrooms you find.
- A compass and map, to help you navigate the hunting grounds and avoid getting lost.
It is possible to identify mushrooms by using a field guide or mushroom identification book, it is always best to have an expert identify the mushrooms you find. While mushroom hunting in NSW and QLD, keep your guide book handy. This will ensure that you’re not picking any poisonous mushrooms by mistake.
Keep safe while hunting:
Safety: Always be aware of your surroundings when mushroom hunting, and make sure to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Bring protection from dangerous wildlife. Always bring a phone or radio walkie-talkie on case you get bit by a spider or snake. It’s also important to be aware of any poisonous mushrooms that grow in the area, and to always have an expert identify any mushrooms you find.
Mushroom Love Growing in Cow Paddies:
It’s important to note that the mushrooms can be found in cow paddies, but also be aware that it is important to identify them properly as there are many poisonous mushrooms that grow in the same area.
Mushroom Love Growing in Forests:
This is my personal favourite area to seek out shroomies. You have more privacy from the canopy of the forest and protection from the sun. It’s a great place to have a picnic, burn a joint and enjoy a full day out in the bush. It sure beats going onto farmers lands searching their cow paddies. Not all farmers are keen to let you onto their property. So always ask permission and follow your local laws.
Keep in mind that the weather plays a big role in mushroom hunting. Rainy seasons and warm weather can be ideal for mushroom hunting, as mushrooms tend to grow during these conditions. So keep on top of your local mushroom season. They literally grow over night, so get the timing right, so you don’t miss out.
Time of Day:
The time of day can also affect mushroom hunting. Early morning and late evening are typically the best times to hunt, as the mushrooms are less likely to be damaged by the sun.
Mushroom hunting requires patience, as it can take a lot of time to find the mushrooms you’re looking for. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t find any mushrooms on your first hunt, keep trying! Never be in a hurry. Plan your entire day around your hobby. This way you’ll be more relaxed and enjoy the day.
On your way
By following the tips outlined in this post, you will be well on your way to finding your own bountiful harvest of liberty caps and golden teacher mushrooms in Queensland and New South Wales. Remember to always use the right tools, have an expert identify any mushrooms you find, and practice safety and patience in your hunts. Follow your local laws. Identifying mushrooms and picking them maybe considered two different things under your laws. Happy mushroom hunting in NSW and QLD!