Since its inception in 2005, Opera in the Arboretum has gone from strength to strength with many memorable events and then in 2015 we held our Gala Tenth Anniversary concert.
Because of the special ambience of the Pearl Beach Arboretum, our opera event has gained a real status. We will continue holding this event into the future.
Following the inaugural Opera in the Arboretum in 2005, the proceeds from each event have been used to support our charity projects.
Opera in the Arboretum is the major fund-raiser for the Rotary Club of Woy Woy and has resulted in the donating of many hundred thousands of dollars to benefactors including donations to Rotary charities and other needy organisations.
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You can get to Pearl Beach by via various travel means and routes.
By Rail from Sydney, take Inter-City rail services from Central or Strathfield Stations to Woy Woy. Weekend bus services operate from Woy Woy Station via Umina but for Opera in the Arboretum this method is not recommended. Taxis are also available from Woy Woy Station.
Crommelin Arboretum is located within the village of Pearl Beach. For more information about Pearl Beach, visit - www.pearl-beach.com
By road from Sydney (approx. 95 Kilometres), driving north via the Sydney-Newcastle (F3) freeway, exiting at Gosford/Somersby turn-off Via Kariong or West Gosford for Woy Woy. At Woy Woy proceed via Umina following the direction signs to Pearl Beach.
Upon entering Pearl Beach turn right at the Diamond Road intersection and proceed to the intersection at Tourmaline Avenue, turn right. Proceed along Tourmaline Avenue, following the signs to the Pearl Beach Tennis Courts parking area, where Rotary parking marshall's will assist you with parking and also directing those requiring disabled parking.
Parking may be a problem elsewhere in Pearl Beach, especially the near vicinity of the Arboretum. After parking your vehicle, you will have a short stroll through the Arboretum to the opera venue.
NOTE: Please be mindful of the convenience of Pearl Beach residents when parking in street-side areas. Kindly do not park in or across an obvious residents property vehicle access point.
GPS co-ordinates - 33°32'31"S 151°18'29"E or Opal Close Pearl Beach NSW 2256
or see this Google Map
Opera in the Arboretum is an open-air and all-weather event and will take place whatever the weather, so remember to come prepared for all eventualities. Central Coast weather is full of surprises so we recommend that you dress with this in mind.
Plan to arrive early as the event will start promptly at 3.00pm and should finish at 5.30pm.
This is an open air event amidst the beauty of the native forest. We recommend you only bring director-style chair/s and if you wish, one small table not larger that one metre square (1 m2) and a picnic hamper and drinks and wear clothing applicable for the weather. If there is a prediction of rain, we suggest that the purchase of a plastic or bio-degradable Poncho should be considered. These are available for a modest cost from a host of retail outlets including discount variety stores. Please note that although umbrellas can be brought to the venue, out of consideration for other members of the audience they cannot be used during the performance.
Remember, in the village there is only the Pearl Beach General Store and Café and this is located some distance from the venue. So self-catering is recommended. Excellent coffee can be purchased onsite.
To those bringing young children, we ask that they be supervised and noise be kept to a minimum during performances.
A Doctor will be onsite and available, if required, for any medical assistance.
The Pearl Beach Crommelin Native Arboretum is an ecological sensitive area bordering the boundary of the Brisbane Water National Park. It is the home of many local native animals, birds and reptiles. The precinct is maintained by a dedicated team of volunteer members of the Crommelin Native Arboretum Inc., together with the help of many members of the Pearl Beach community.
The Crommelin Native Arboretum is a NON-SMOKING precinct and because of its environmental value, NO DOGS (on or off leash) and NO BICYCLE riding (of any type) are Permitted.
Central Coast Council:
The Crommelin Native Arboretum is a declared Exclusion Area by Council for all of the above activities.
In accordance with the NSW Companion Animals Act 1998, a person with a disability is entitled to be accompanied by an assistance animal in dog exclusion areas where the assistance animal is being used bona fide by the person to assist the person.
The operation of recreational or commercial drones is not permitted at any time within the precinct of the Crommelin Native Arboretum.
The Australian Government Civil Aviation Safety Authortiy (CASA) provides strict rules in respect to the operation of drones in any airspace.
For full CASA Drone operational information brochure, click on image below -
For Opera in the Arboretum, entry is via the Pearl Beach Tennis Courts located at the end of Opal Close. Access to the event, together with limited event parking, is available only at this entry point.
To get to the Arboretum amphitheatre it is required to traverse a natural bush track which has an uneven and irregular leaf litter surface. It is an easy walk for the average person but may prove a challenge for those using walking frames, rollators or wheelchairs.
Please respect the Arboretum - upon your departure, please take any refuse you may have with you - Thank you.
Refuse bins are located in the Tennis Courts precinct.
There are no permanent public toilets provided in the Crommelin Native Arboretum.
Multiple Unisex portable toilets will be provided in a convenient location
For the convenience of other patrons, your co-operation is appreciated in attempting to keep them clean after using. Thank you.
The organising committee, Rotarians and all others involved trust you have an enjoyable day out with family and friends in our home backyard. It will be a pleasure to welcome you to Pearl Beach to hear performers considered the best of what Australian opera has to offer.