The Arboretum was named after Miss Minard Fannie Crommelin MBE who lived in Pearl Beach for 30 years prior to her death in 1972 at the age of 90. Minard Crommelin first came to Pearl Beach with her friend Charles Pryce in a small cedar sailing boat about 1910 and of this visit she wrote:
Minard Crommelin developed a lifelong interest in botany and natural history and was an avid conservationist well before this concept was popular. She worked tirelessly for the establishment of Warrah Sanctuary, which later became part of Brisbane Water National Park. As a result, Miss Crommelin was largely responsible for the preservation of the bushland that surrounds Pearl Beach.
Her property at Pearl Beach, which is near the Arboretum, was given by deed of gift to the University of Sydney and is now the Crommelin Biological Research Station. The name Crommelin Native Arboretum was gazetted by the Geographical Names Board on 15 May 1978.
The Crommelin Native Arboretum is located near the western end of Crystal Avenue, an area of 5.5 hectares of native bushland, open to the public, with established pathways and parking for a small number of cars.
It was set aside by Gosford City Council (now Central Coast Council) in November 1976 for the development of a native botanic garden and was gazetted by the Geographical Names Board on 15 May 1978. It is managed by an experienced local committee.
It has been developed and is maintained on a voluntary basis by a management committee elected annually by the members of the Arboretum, together with the help of many members of the Pearl Beach community. You can express your interest in maintaining this natural bushland area by becoming a member of the Crommelin Native Arboretum Incorporated. (See website address below)
Take a Stroll around the pathways at Crommelin Native Arboretum. You will find it relaxing and you can see many different types of vegetation:
Rare Burrawang scrubby woodland, Riparian zone with rainforest species, Ancient grass trees Wetland area and Endangered swamp community.
There are interpretive boards with information about the vegetation and habitat. It’s a nice place to chill out and have a picnic with the family.
Road access to the Arboretum is via the small carpark or via the Pearl Beach Tennis courts at the end of Opal Close.
Important: the Arboretum is a dedicaled NON-SMOKING precinct, bicycles, dogs and drones are not permitted.