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by Irenke Forsyth (subscribe)
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The Enchanted Forest, Blackbutt Forest Reserve Shellharbour
Let the forest enchant you

A captivating fairytale-like journey is something we all need from time to time and Shellharbour's Blackbutt Forest is putting on just that with this unforgettable event they're calling The Enchanted Forest.

You'll explore vibrant installations, dazzling laser effects, interactive projections and magical holograms with lush soundscapes and multiple digital art experiences that come alive as you wander through this reserve 2.5hrs south of Sydney.

It's a great escape from the city for a spectacular show of light and sound that sees you following the gorgeous walking trail through a mystical realm of ancient towering trees, magical creatures and enchanting wonders.

Fluorescent, colour-shifting flowers illuminate a path and a canopy overhead glows pink and teal as you immerse yourself in the forest environment. Meanwhile, a stag materialises among the trees and, as he stomps his heels, lights spark nearby.

The Enchanted Forest, Blackbutt Forest Reserve Shellharbour
A world of colour and sound awaits

The breathtaking show has been developed especially for Shellharbour, taking into consideration the unique elements of the forest reserve. It's the work of Laservision, the company responsible for Hong Kong's 'Symphony of Lights', Dubai Festival City's 'Imagine' and Singapore's 'Wonder Full' at Marina Bay Sands.

The Enchanted Forest installations and special effects are the latest in a series of Luna Light journeys the company has designed with many hours spent on delivering a multisensory experience that transports the audience into an alternative space where the impossible appears right before your eyes. Each activation and interactive display invites you from one moment to the next, following an original folktale of a mystical stag who awakens magical elements in the woods.

The Enchanted Forest, Blackbutt Forest Reserve Shellharbour
Can you spot the stag?

Lovers of art, lovers of nature, families and pretty much everyone will be mesmerised by this incredible event that will take you from around 45mins to 1.5hrs to complete, depending on how long you stop to take it all in. It's for all ages and don't forget your camera as there is an Instagram photo competition with a $250 prize. To be in the running to win, share your best photos of the night and tag them on Instagram with #TheEnchantedForest and follow both @EnchantedForestNSW & @LaservisionMegaMedia.

A selection of ice creams, desserts and beverages will be available to purchase nightly, along with one hot food option on Fri & Sat nights. Food trucks include Samaras, Chip on a Stick, Amigos and Steve's Wood Fire Pizza and will rotate throughout the event season.

Event merchandise is also available, should you wish to take home a memento of the experience.

Tickets for this wonderful escapade are $12.50 per adult and $8.50 per child aged 4-17yrs (under 4's free). A family ticket (2a & 2c) is $30.

Things to know -

First session of each night at 6pm accommodates the needs of low sensory persons, featuring smaller crowds, a lower-intensity light display and reduced sound levels
There are some uneven surfaces and some walking on grass
Comfortable clothing and enclosed shoes should be worn
First aid is available, should you need it
Toilets available onsite

Parking and getting there -

General event parking is located off Shellharbour Rd in the picnic ground. There is also ample free on-street parking in surrounding areas. Once parked, follow the path on the north side of the forest and make your way to the entry point.
Kiss & Drop is available at the top of Blackbutt Forest, with entry from Blackbutt Way.
Limited accessible parking is also available at the top of Blackbutt Forest, with entry from Blackbutt Way.
A limited shuttle bus operates on Fri & Sat nights from Oak Flats train station between 5.30pm-10pm. No booking needed. It's on a first come, first served basis.

The map below is a good point of reference for everything you need.

The Enchanted Forest map, Blackbutt Forest Reserve Shellharbour
Save the image to your phone so you don't get lost

This stunning spectacle promises to delight the inner child of all who attend, so step into this magical world and excite the senses as you discover the wonders upon you.

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When: From 6pm daily
Phone: 02 9658 1098
Where: Blackbutt Forest Reserve, Shellharbour Rd, Barrack Heights
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It looks fabulous, Irenke!
by Elaine (score: 3|9396) 13 days ago
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