If you have helminthophobia (fear of worms), you probably won’t appreciate the fact that there was a giant worm in Bass, a small rural town in Victoria. But this shouldn’t bother you anymore as the oversized worm no longer exists.
A Brief History of The Giant Worm in Bass
The giant worm measured 100 metres long and sat at the Wildlife Wonderland Park. Inside the massive worm, there was a museum that celebrated the rare Giant Gippsland Earthworms.
The museum was built by John Matthews in 1985 and sold in 2000. However, the new owners were ordered to shut it down following numerous accusations of wildlife neglect.
In its heydays, visitors could crawl through a magnified replica of a worm burrow and a simulated worm’s stomach. The museum also featured various educational materials on the giant Gippsland earthworm and the history of Gippsland.
About The Gippsland Earthworms
The Gippsland earthworms are famous for their astonishing length, sometimes spanning three metres! They make up the list of more than 1000 earthworm species found in Australia. They are also famously known as karmai, a name that derives from the Boonwurrung language.
These species of earthworms mostly live in the grasslands, in moist loamy soil.
The Demolition of The Giant Worm
Eight years after the closure of the Wildlife Wonderland Park, the massive worm sculpture was finally demolished and reduced to a pile of rubble.
Other Big Things on Phillip Island
- The Big Wave in Newhaven: A giant artificial wave located outside Islandis Surfboards.
- The Big Cows in Newhaven: Two giant sculptures of cows located outside the Phillip Island Chocolate Factory.
- The Big Tap in Cowes: An oversized tap located atop the entrance to A Maze’N Things.
- The Big Koala in Cowes: Located just next to A Maze’N Things at Koala Park Resort.