An Environmental Celebration

WED Flyer (back)Saturday June 7th is when we’ll be celebrating World Environment Day at the Australian Rainforest Sanctuary.   WED is a primary tool that the United Nations (UN) uses to stimulate global awareness of our environment and to encourage political attention and action.

There will *Speakers *Sculptors *Musicians and *Art Installations happening throughout the day and on this day only, entry will be open to the public FREE OF CHARGE –  gold coin donations will be accepted.  Information on the speakers is listed below.  Visitors will have the opportunity to learn and try a range of activities such as:

  • Sculptors will be demonstrating various skills  – learn to make artworks for your garden and find out about outdoor courses and workshops combining art and nature.
  • Whistle Hill Studios will be conducting their “which woods what woods”  about Australian Trees and their use in instrument-making  ….and music workshops will be held over the weekend
  • A Taste of The Bush – Emilia Krumm – local sculptor/restauranteur will be talking about the creation of artworks and artists on display in the Forest. With an Italian background, a love of fine organic food and the slow food movement Emilia left her restaurant in South Africa to start a family in Australia and she returns to her culinary and sculptural passions.  { Join this women in FOT for future artist talks and high teas.}
  • On display are a range of artworks from local artists and the installation artist Irene Anton from Berlin.

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.


It’s Autumn in NSW and there’s a whole lot of exciting new things to see here in the Forest.


Photograph: Jeannie Lawson

Our Forest changes with the seasons and Autumn is the time to discover our fascinating fungi!   Every day sees new and different types appear along the Forest pathways, in a variety of colours and shapes;  Our Lyrebirds love the moist conditions, too, as they bring lots of worms (their favourite food!) closer to the surface of the soil beneath the leaf mulch; Small reptiles are hunting out the last of the warm places before their winter sleep time so we may discover some Dragons in the Forest!; Some of our bush food plants, such as the Lilli Pilli, are beginning to fruit while others, like Rubus, use this time of year as a growth period due to the abundance of recent rains; More rain means a healthy creek system with many water bugs providing food for the native fish species to be found in the Forest, not to mention the platypus!

There are so many things to discover in the Forest! The best way to see it is on a guided walk with our award-winning eco-tour naturalist, Jeannie Lawson. There are two walks being conducted during the April school holidays – Thursday 17th and Thursday 24th – at 1pm. The cost of a guided walk is just $5 per person [separate to Forest entry.] Bookings essential as places are limited.


Photograph: Jeannie Lawson


Photograph: Jeannie Lawson

Welcome in 2014

After a very busy and successful 2013 – which we sent off with quite a flourish – we’re now busy again at the Forest with the start of our holiday program plus Chinese New Year Celebrations.

If you haven’t yet discovered the delights of the Australian Rainforest Sanctuary – locally known as the Forest of Tranquility – then we encourage you to do so in 2014.  We’re based at Ourimbah, on the Central Coast of NSW and are committed to the care of and education for our environment.  The Forest is a wonderful place for getting close to Australia’s rare native flora and fauna, a meditative space, a way to get away from the stress of everyday life and commune with nature.

Here is a summary of our events and activities through January and February:

Mermaid Pirates and Water Bugs 

   Pirate Mermaids and Water   Bugs –  19 January – 
    10 am for   10:30 start.  Details below
 Ukulele for Absolute Beginners in fabulous outdoor setting   6 – 10 January  – 11am   See  for details.
Contact for bookings or phone the Forest of Tranquility 4362 1855.
Lunar Chinese New Year –  8 February     lunar new year 2014
Ink Calligraphy
Healing Gongs
Laughter Yoga
Live Earth Music