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Firefly Magic Tours

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.

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Water Dragons at the Forest

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.

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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…

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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   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