2013 Finale Celebrations

As we come to the end of our 2013 Firefly Season, we’re reflecting on what a big program we’ve had here at the Forest this year.  We’re also reflecting on the impact of climate change and how it’s affected our native residents….time for more education on our environment we think!

Our end-of-year celebrations will be happening on the weekend of 21-22 December and you’re all invited to join us.  Here’s what will be happening at the Forest [for overseas visitors, note that the Australian Rainforest Sanctuary is known locally as the Forest of Tranquility – one and the same entity, located at Ourimbah, NSW]

Saturday 21st December WIZARD FESTIVAL – 4-10pm

Wizard costume competition – awards and prizes for originality, aesthetics, creativity and sustainability … and the best Wizard Walk Catwalk performance!  *Wizard workshops commence at 4pm, Fireflies closing night walk at 8.30pm, live music to finish the evening.  Bookings via events@forestoftranquility.com   Tipis available for night stays.                                                                                   Ticket Prices:   Adults + Students $35     Pension Card Concession + Children $25    Family $85{2 adults, 2 children}      Workshops:  *Artistic Photo Tips for the Smart Phone 4pm  * Laughter Yoga  *Healing Gongs – Songdahla Sound Bath in the Forest 5pm  * Body Percussion 

Sunday 22nd  December – RAINFOREST FAMILY CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL – 11-2pm  

Come dressed as your favourite Christmas character – all angels and elves welcome!  Bring a picnic lunch and join in the festivities.Prices:  Adult $20   Children $15   Family $50 [2A+2C]




We’re so excited here in the Forest because the first of the fireflies have Creekemerged already – they must have been excited too!

Our 2013 Firefly Season opens this weekend NOVEMBER 9 and we have lots of celebrations planned until it finishes on Sunday December 21. Firefly Magic is a unique festival at the Australian Rainforest Sanctuary which is also known locally as the Forest of Tranquility.   Unfortunately, Australia also had an early start to its bushfire season with a hotter than expected Spring.  This has resulted in long periods of dry conditions and heavy smoke in the air as fires are battled and burn-offs begin.  Because of this, our Wizard Costume event scheduled for the opening weekend has been re-scheduled to the closing weekend.

Throughout the season there will be musical evenings and workshop activities happening and we suggest that you check with us before planning your visit to find out what’s on – or what may be rescheduled due to weather conditions.

That enchanting hour between day and night is when creatures of the forest stir from their afternoon slumbers and venture out to play.  The Fireflies come out at Dusk and like humidity. However they do vary nightly, so we suggest the evening is deemed an opportunity for a twilight stroll and evening picnic. A torch is recommended – for footsteps – not for viewing.

Firefly Magic Entry Prices ( excluding Sat Nights) :
Adult $30.00
Pension Card Concession $15.00 Children $15.00
Family (2 adults, 2 children) $65.00

Local weather variabilities make bookings essential for Firefly Magic – (02) 4362 1855 or email us at info@forestoftranquility.com



Mid November to mid December is an exciting time of the year at the Forest ….. it’s FIREFLY SEASON.   

This is the mating season for the Atyphella lychnus  or Firefly and there’s always a spectacular show in this beautiful setting.   Of course, the numbers of fireflies will vary each year depending on natural influences such as rainfall, humidity, and temperature.  But after dark, in the Forest, regardless of numbers, you won’t be disappointed with this amazing natural light show.

You will need to book if you’re coming along and you can do that via the website.  It’s important to wear walking shoes and to carry a torch [for footsteps only].  Early Bird tickets are available – simply contact us via email:  fireflies@forestoftranquility.com



Mark your calendars now for our Spring Equinox weekend on  21-22 Septemberspring Equinox weekend

The Equinox is a celebration of fertility, heralding in the Spring.

  •  Saturday 21 is a special celebration of the Equinox with Vikki Cunningham.   Gathering at 1pm for a special walk in search of the Elementals, Faery and Nature Spirits, this will be followed by a Celebration of Spring and a discussion about the history celebration of fertility. Acoustic music will be provided by Songdahla followed by a bonfire campfire singalong. Bring your Dutch Ovens to cook in the fire. Traditionally seeds and herbs are planted in these celebrations to herald in the new growth with abundance.
  • Sunday 22  is the day for Faerys and Fairies so don your wings and costumes and fly in for a visit!  Miss Lilly Pilly will be in residence with more stories, wands and other things to make, and fairy things to do.  At midday we’ll see the Music Melting Pot happening – join a jam or just kick back and enjoy an afternoon of listening.

People who wish to join the Intimate Equinox Celebration around the bonfire on the Saturday Night and camp over on this weekend should contact whistlehillstudios@gmail.com.au

TiPis are available for bookings for overnight accommodation. Contact info@forestofyranquility.com.au for details.

Magic in the Forest

The School Holiday Winter 4 Seasons Learnscapes program is over for this year and a great time was had by all who came along.

After spending time with us our Rainforest Fairy Queen flew off to visit the other rainforests but she will be returning in Spring when we celebrate the Equinox and Faery Festival Day. So all faerys and fairies mark your calendar and have your wings ready to fly in for a visit. There will be more stories to tell, plus…… Miss Lilly Pilly will have wands and other things to make and there will be a host of fairy
things to do!!!

Please Note:  We are closing for the next 2 weeks and taking the opportunity to repair our flood damaged driveway ready for the Spring season.

Our Spring Equinox weekend is 21-22 September 2013. Saturday is a special celebration of the Equinox with Vikki Cunningham. Sunday the 22 September is the day for Fairies. Come in your fairy clothes or join a workshop. More details posted later.
Mark your calendars for the Opening  of Fire Fly Magic 16 November. Costumes mandatory. Bookings essential.We’ll be keeping you posted in advance of this extraordinary season and you won’t want to miss this experience.

Get Active in Tranquility

Our July School Holiday program is now available – details are on our Program page.  Spending some time in the Forest is a great way to keep the kids occupied – and away from the telly – during the school holiday break.

And more…..

Fairy4We’re inviting FAIRIES – yes, that’s right, FAIRIES – on Wednesday’s from the 10th of July.   Fairies of any age are welcome to visit and we encourage all of them to come in costume.   Our Rainforest Queen will be arriving at 12.30 on July 10th and we’ll be having Fairy Storytelling at 1pm and 2pm each Wednesday with Miss Lilly Pilly Queen.  And of course, we encourage our fairies to take a Rainforest Walk while they’re here and meet some new friends.

Mark your calendar for our  FAIRY FESTIVAL DAY on Sunday 22nd September 2013.

Sculpture in Tranquility

part of the Tranquility Exhibition~EXHIBITION NOW CLOSED~

Tranquility Exhibition ~ Sculpture in the Greens.

The Forest is thrilled to be offering it’s Tranquility exhibition as part of this year’s Sculpture in the Greens –  an annual arts and cultural exhibition on the Central Coast, now in it’s 37th year. Artists come from across NSW to participate in this event.  This is the second sculpture exhibition in the Forest. Floodfest 2011, being the first, was a collaboration between the community, musicians and sculptors

This year, the Forest is featuring forms in nature from 5 selected artists including:

  •  Dandelions by Al Phemister, recently exhibited in the Sydney Botanical Gardens Arts Exhibition
  • Splash by Louise Steer
  • And work by local artist Emilia Krumm under tutorship with Col Henry.

For those wishing to view the sculptures and picnic in the park without undertaking the 5 km rainforest trail, there is a special discount entry price of $10/adult.

The Exhibition is open now and runs until 26 May 2013.