Sunday, 23 November 2014


Firefly Magic Guided Tour

powerful owl
The last firefly tour was spectacular! Hundreds of fireflies glittering their magic through the forest. We saw a swamp wallaby and heard the Peron's tree frog chorus. I always love the 'hush' that falls over the group when we first see the fireflies, it really does take your breath away! says Jeannie our Eco Guide.
Earlier in the afternoon I had been on a Rainforest walk and spotted a Powerful Owl! In all my years of bushwalking and eco-tours I had never seen one in the wild before. It was exhilarating. You never quite know what you will find in the Australian Rainforest Sanctuary & Forest of Tranquility in Ourimbah on the Central Coast!! If you bring your binoculars and visit during the day you may see it too!
The next Firefly Magic Guided Tour is Wednesday night 26th November 2014.
NATURE IS AWESOME! Come and experience it with me!
Hope you can join me for a magical experience. Please phone 0414 414 291 to book in.
firefly magic tour

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Water Dragons at the Forest of Tranquility

Water Dragons at the Forest of Tranquility

Firefly Magic is happening, at dusk and when darkness falls, visitors to the forest are reporting the forest full of fireflies.

Also, if you come into the forest in the daytime or afternoon you can see some of our local residents, water dragons basking in the sun.

water dragon 1 water dragon 2 water dragon 3

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Firefly Magic 2014

Our Fireflies are out at Forest of Tranquility in Ourimbah for 2014!!!

Our magical fireflies have arrived to visit us again this year before Xmas !!
What a spectacular display with little flickerings all along the pathways as you walk along at twilight through the Rainforest.
Don't miss out on the wonderful walk during twilight time through the Australian Rainforest & only for 1 month.
They can only be seen during the twilight time (when day turns to night).

Top Tips:
  • Book online to reserve a place
  • Wear Sturdy Shoes
  • Get 2 visits for the price of 1 

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL price available for next few days only.

Get a DISCOUNT - join our enewsleaf

Arrive at 6pm and take a day walk and orientation of the Rainforest before the Fireflies come out to play.

We look forward to seeing you soon

Monday, 27 October 2014

We are moving this Blog to our New Website

Hi Blog followers

Just letting you know - we are now moving to our NEW Blog before our Firefly Magic Season Opens.

Our old Blog is archived at the bottom of our website with our new Blog button in the top right header.

We hope with our changes all our news and ECO experiences available will come to you faster and easier.

Firefly season is coming...

Sunday, 15 June 2014

A World of Forest Celebrations

On the long weekend in June we celebrate World Environment Day at the Forest.  Check out some of the Sculptures, activities, and visitors!

Special Visitor checking out the event
Face Painting and a Diamond Python

an enticing sculpture beckons

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Sunday, 11 May 2014


Each year the United Nations [UN] recognises World Environment Day to encourage us all to greater awareness of the environment we are responsible for, and to promote political environmental responsibility.  This year on Saturday June 7th the Forest of Tranquility will be hosting a celebration for World Environment Day ....'cos we dig it!

There will be activities and speakers throughout the 3-day weekend - it's the NSW Queens Birthday long weekend - but the focus on the Saturday is the environment and for that day only, entry will be by gold coin donation.   Here is the list of speakers on the day:

ENVIRONMENTAL SPEAKERS for World Environment Day
INSECTS with Jeannie Lawson  ... Well-known local naturalist, Jeannie Lawson, will share her passion for the tiny life of the Forest and explain just how important they are in the eco-system. This hands-on talk will give you the opportunity to see bugs in a different light.
RAINFOREST PLANTS with Deidrie Jinks  ...Deidrie has been involved with the Sydney Rainforest Nursery for many years. She will share her experience and dedication to our rainforest species in a presentation designed to inspire the protection of our native plants. She will also have plants to sell, as well as some of her delicious native jams.
RAINFOREST BIRDS with Chris Herbert  .... Chris is a retired geologist who now spends his time researching native birds. As a member of the Hunter Bird Observers Club he records the movements of migratory shorebirds in the Hunter region and has published many papers. He will share his wealth of knowledge with us with a walk and talk to discover our local birdlife.
BUSH FOODS & MEDICINES with Jeannie Lawson  .... As well as being a passionate naturalist, Jeannie is also a qualified herbalist and can point out many of the rainforest plants that can be of use to us. This workshop is a journey back through time when the bush was all you had to provide food, shelter and medicines.
FUNGI WALK with Pam O’Sullivan   ...  Pam has been our Central Coast fungi guru for many years. She has a wealth of knowledge, experience and enthusiasm for this little-known facet of the Forest eco-system. Her walk will allow you to discover these colourful and exotic organisms. You will be amazed at how many you will find.
SCULPTURE WORKSHOP  learn to make artworks for the garden
TIMBER WORKSHOP   on Australian timbers and their use in instrument making
MUSIC WORKSHOP  instruments .... and live music over the weekend

Friday, 11 April 2014

Take a Walk on the Wild Side

Photographer: Jeannie Lawson
With school holidays upon us already in NSW, what better way to keep the kids occupied than with a forest ramble.  On both Thursday's of the holidays, our award-winning eco-tour naturalist, Jeannie Lawson, will be conducting guided walks at 1pm.  The walks cost just $5 pp and bookings are essential.  

Photograph: Jeannie Lawson

Our Forest changes with every season and Autumn is the time to discover lots of new things like:  our fascinating fungi in all its varied colours and shapes;  

because Autumn brings lots of worms closer to the surface, it's an attraction for our many Lyre Birds to feast on their favourite foods;  the small reptiles are searching for the last of the warmth before hibernation so you may see some Dragons in the Forest.  These are just a few of the many exciting this to see in the Forest this season.
We have some planned activities to keep the kids busy too - and give mum/grandma a bit of breathing space.  {check with our staff in advance by phoning ahead of your visit}

You can also see some of the early installations for our Tranquility Exhibition leading up to World Environment Day on Saturday June 7th.  On that day we'll be having talks by artists and by environmentalists - more information on this will be posted here in coming weeks.   If you're not already a member, sign up to receive information as it's posted - it's free to join.

Remember:  Guided Walks Thursday 17th and Thursday 24th April – at 1pm.  
Bookings essential as places are limited.

Friday, 3 January 2014

Welcoming in the new year

2013 was such a big year with so many wonderful events and activities happening in the Forest.  We're delighted that so many visitors came to meet our residents and enjoy themselves here.
2014 is making a great start too with some exciting things happening in January and February.  Take the opportunity to bring the kids down during school holidays and keep them occupied with some of the kid-friendly activities -  like:

 Pirate Mermaids and Water Bugs19 January 10 am for 10:30 start. 

Ukulele for Absolute Beginners in fabulous outdoor setting   6 - 10 January  -  - 11am 

Contact for bookings or phone the Forest of Tranquility 4362 1855


Lunar Chinese New Year - 8 February    

Ink Calligraphy 
Healing Gongs
Laughter Yoga
Live Earth Music