Wild Fungi

Fungi are an incredibly important part of our ecosystems, possibly uniting them all. Fortunately for us, some of them are edible, if not delicious! The mushrooms that you pick are the fruiting bodies of complex underground organisms that contribute to most aspects of the health of the plants and animals around them. When I see a patch of your favourite mushrooms, I imagine that I’m standing in a thick mass of threads that connects them all and connects me and everything around us that I can see.

Many fungi are not edible, though and some are downright deadly. Nearly all mushrooms that you’ll find need cooking before consuming. The toxins in fungi can affect you in many ways and some are slower to work than others, so be very careful. I recommend making your first foray or two with an experienced mushroom hunter. The fungi that we list here are those that we’re 110% sure about identifying. There’s a couple more to add but I’m waiting on some better pics to help you identify them clearly.

We acknowledge the incredible spiritual and healing power of Psilocybin mushrooms when used correctly but because of the legal issues surrounding them, we won’t be listing them on this website. Sorry!


Fungal ID books –

The books that have guided me well so far are these three. There are plenty of others out there but make sure that you get an Australian one!

'A field guide to Australian Fungi' by Bruce Fuhrer

‘A field guide to Australian Fungi’ by Bruce Fuhrer.

'Common Australian Fungi A bushwalker's guide' by Tony Young

‘Common Australian Fungi A bushwalker’s guide’ by Tony Young.

'Wild Mushrooming' A Guide for Foragers' by Alison Pouliot & Tom May

‘Wild Mushrooming’ A Guide for Foragers’ by Alison Pouliot & Tom May.


Fungi foraging interest groups and websites

It’s a good idea to find as many local sources of information before foraging for fungi. There’s a lot online and I’m happy to be a member of these two, very active groups on Facebook –

Kate Grigg aka The Wild Food Huntress has a website that can be a great guide to foraging. She’s down South so some of the fungi listed on her site aren’t found here in the Northen areas.


Field Mushrooms (Agaricus species)

Field Mushrooms

(Agaricus species)

False Truffles

(Rhizopogon species)

Jelly fungi (Tremella species)

Jelly Fungi

(Tremella species)

Laccaria (Laccaria laccata)

Laccaria

(Laccaria laccata)

Lawyer's Wigs (Coprinus comatus)

Lawyer’s Wigs

(Coprinus comatus)

Saffron Milk Caps (Lactarius deliciosus)

Saffron Milk Caps

(Lactarius deliciosus)

Scotch Bonnets ((Marasmius oreades))

Scotch Bonnets

(Marasmius oreades)

Slippery Jack (Suillus luteus)

Slippery Jacks

(Suillus luteus)

Weeping Boletes (Suillus granulatus)

Weeping Boletes

(Suillus granulatus)

New Edible Fungal Discoveries

New discoveries

We are always learning about edible wild fungi. This link will take you the new ones that we learned about and tried in 2021. They’re not included on this Wild Fungi page because this page is for those that we are 110% familiar with and can easily describe and share with you.


Note: It can be illegal to harvest from the wild without the appropriate permit or licence. Different councils, however, have different rules and regulations on the matter, so check with them before you go out. The Rangers at Mt. Crawford Forest DO NOT condone foraging or harvesting of wild fungi.

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