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Hello! Just wanted to start a thread for any potential mushroom enthusiasts that might be on here from Canberra or surrounds? Me and a friend have been trying to do research and foraging for a while but to no avail and we would definitely use a bit of guidance!

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On the south coast here but as a kid we would go mushroom picking in the Southern highland's at Penrose state forest or  belangalow state forest (both off the hume hwy) before Ivan made it seem a shit place before that they just poured effulent "treated i hope" all over Belangalow State forest.
Also up around obereon in the state forest up there in the Blue Mountains. These are all pine forest were European Edible cooking mushrooms grew.  We would go around this time of year or a month or two later after a day or two of  (moderate?) rain from memory.   
As a 8yr old special mushrooms weren't my area of interest but i distinctly remember my dad showing me magic looking mushrooms to stay away from https://images.mushroomobserver.org/640/151072.jpg
Also the more flat roofed "older?" ones as well.

These are what we were after https://www.oberonaustralia.com.au/visitor-information/things-to-see-do/mushroom-picking/
Orange ones we fried up and ate whole with in a few days. The Brown one we sliced up and dryied them on the Trampoline and on Fly screens till dried out then were stored for the year and next to use in soups and gravies.
Also some way to take and view spore prints is a must because there can be poisonous lookalikes that even grow in the same patch as the good one from my understanding but the spores differentiate them.

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They prefer open woodland, sides of roads and paths and I often find them where grass is growing. Not too dark, not too light, not too wet and not dry. They just love a slightly rotted woody substrate with grass or ferns to hide in and keep the humidity up.


In pine forests look for more mature forests that are not as dense, especially near disturbed ground or clearings. Again somewhere close to ferns, grass and other indicator species helps. 


You need to get down low to the ground because they can be easily missed. Especially after rain when the caps are young and dark copper colour. Plus people pick out easy well known spots.


As Chemiconaut said, 2-3 days after rain. In Canberra that is NOW.





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Lol. No maps directly to where to look in the Brindabellas then? Big hint there but not exactlyaa secret. I'm personally going to have very toned thighs by the end of the season if I don't get any guidance.


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