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


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]




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.