Opera in the Arboretum is an annual charity fundraiser of the Rotary Club of Woy Woy. This open-air, all-weather, picnic style event featuring stars of the Opera is held beneath the canopy of trees in the coastal rainforest of the Crommelian Native Arboretum in Pearl Beach, NSW. Since the event's inception in 2005 hundreds of thousands of dollars have been raised for deserving causes, charitable organisations and Rotary humanitarian projects. 


Cancellation of Opera in the Arboretum 2020

Updated: 2 April 2020
Due to COVID-19 restrictions on mass gatherings and in consideration of the welfare of patrons and performers the Opera in the Arboretum 2020 event was cancelled. Ticket holders were contacted regarding a refund. An update will be posted when this process is complete. 
Enquiries: woywoyrotarysales@gmail.com

The venue


The venue for OITA is the unique Crommelin Native Arboretum [CNA] in Pearl Beach, an area of 5.5 hectares of native bushland. Featuring Pearl Beach’s indigenous vegetation, the CNA includes a rare Burrawang Scrubby Woodland and wetlands, as well as mature indigenous trees and cultivated native plants ... Read more ...

Entry Point

The entry point to the venue is via 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. 


The pathway to the Arboretum amphitheatre is along a natural bush track. The surface can be uneven with leaf litter and may prove a challenge for those using walking frames or wheelchairs.


Crommelian Native Arboretum, Opal Close, Pearl Beach, NSW, 90 minutes north of Sydney, 1 hour south of Newcastle


  • There is limited parking at the entry point at Pearl Beach Tennis Courts, at the end of Opal Close
  • Rotary parking marshals will provide directions and indicate disabled parking 
  • Parking elsewhere in Pearl Beach, especially in the vicinity of the Arboretum is limited 
  • Please be mindful of the residents when parking in side streets and avoid parking across residents’ vehicle access point

When to arrive

Plan to arrive early. You can set up your picnic spot from 10am on the day of the event. The event will start promptly at 3.00pm and should finish at approximately 5.30pm.

What to bring / wear

Bring a picnic rug, director-style chairs and your food and drinks. If you intend bringing a small table, this should be not larger than 1 metre square.
Be prepared for any weather conditions. Wear clothing suitable for the weather conditions on the day and for the open-air rainforest setting, and wear footwear suitable for the natural bush track which leads to the Arboretum. Long pants, sneakers and socks are recommended. If rain is predicted, bring a waterproof Poncho. Umbrellas cannot be used during the performance. If the sun is shining, and we hope it will be, pack a hat.


Opera is the Arboretum is self-catering event - BYO food and refreshments.
No food for sale on site. A coffee cart is available at the venue.
Food can be purchased from the Pearl Beach General Store and Café located in the village.


A doctor will be onsite for medical assistance if required.

Environment / Facilities

The Crommelin Native Arboretum is an ecologically sensitive NO SMOKING precinct.
  • NO DOGS (on or off leash) permitted except for a person with a disability who is accompanied by an assistance dog.
  • Multiple Unisex portable toilets will be available.
  • Bicycles and drones are not permitted. 
  • Please respect the Arboretum and take your rubbish with you when you leave. Bins are located in the Tennis Courts precinct.


If the event is cancelled by the Event Organiser due to unforeseen circumstances, an email notification will be sent to ticket-holders and a full refund will be issued; otherwise there will be no refunds.

Event Organiser

Rotary Club of Woy Woy Inc is the Event Organiser and is solely responsible for all issues relating to the sale of tickets and the operations of the event.
  • Data collected by the Event Organiser will be strictly in accordance with the Privacy of Information Act.
  • The Event Organiser has all rights to film, photo and video production of this event.
  • The Event Organiser reserves the right to refuse entry. Any person who displays unsociable behaviour during the performance will be asked to leave the Arboretum.