Forest of Tranquility
The forest of tranquility is found in the central coast region in a small town of Ourimbah. Getting to the forest is just off of the M1, then turning onto Ourimbah Creek Rd for approx 4kms (Refer to map below). You will find a private entry into the property on your left, the signs directing you. The forest does have a car park just before you enter the gate to the main office. There is a fee to enter, however you can find it on their website, prices vary depending on your visit plans.
The walk itself varies depending on the type of walk you are after however we recommend completing the full loop track. The walk offers lush rainforest with many exciting animals to encounter on the way. One of the most popular attractions to this location is the fireflies. These fireflies are only out during select months of the year, usually November-December however it is best to check with staff before visiting as weather conditions impact greatly on your experience. Throughout the rest of the year you can expect to see lyrebirds, platypus, echidna, parrots, cockatoos, wallaby's and plenty of lizards.
At the start of the walk you enter through a child-locked gate. You will see a small wooden bridge where great photo opportunities have potential. Towards the start of the walk, one of the stop off points is the platypus pond where you are most likely to encounter one. Following the track on, you have the option to veer off the track to view Sarah's cave which is worth while. It does have a gradual elevation however is still suitable for families. Sarah's cave is a perfect spot to sit down and take the forest in, resting in the sandstone cave. A bench is put in place for a lovely viewing area while listening to the beautiful nature sounds. Returning the same way you came, follow the signs towards pole ford, crossing over the stepping stones.
Once crossed back over the other side of the stream, you can then follow the loop around which offers many more views of the natural flora and fauna thats offered. You will notice the trees change as you walk from gum trees, to turpentine trees, then going through lovely palm trees before taking you to an old logging section. Views of the tops of canopy's can be seen from this side as well as plenty of areas to stop off and read all of the information signage place around. These information boards provide insight into the flora and fauna, wind and humidity as well as some local history. Following the path along, you will come to an open forest which eventually leads you back to the bridge from the start.
From here you could go and have a picnic lunch at the picnic area where there is a park for the children. Toilets, BBQ's and sheltered areas make for a lovely spot to relax and unwind while listening to the nature that surrounds you. Remember to pack lunch, water, snacks, hats, sunscreen and all basic essentials needed for walking. Please remember to take rubbish with you and be mindful to check with staff prior to arrival if you are wishing to see fireflies as conditions change.
If you have any further questions the staff may clarify them for you and will provide you with a map and directions upon arriving.