Opera in the Arboretum

Opera in the Arboretum is a Rotary Club of Woy Woy annual charity fundraiser. This open-air, all-weather, picnic style event brings together a star-studded line-up of the best Australian and international artists to perform Opera’s much loved arias, duets and ensembles in the coastal rainforest setting of the Crommelin Native Arboretum in Pearl Beach, NSW. This unique venue is an easy 90 minute drive from Sydney, 60 minutes from Newcastle.

2020 Opera in the Arboretum Raffle - closed

Raffle Draw

Tuesday 24 November 2020 7.15pm Everglades Country Club, 1 Dunban Road, Woy Woy, NSW 2256

Winners notified by phone and email by 25th November 2020

Thank you to our sponsors for 10 great prizes

We are most grateful for for 10 prizes donated. Click the links to view sponsor details.
1st Prize: *Portrait in Oils – on canvas up to A4 unframed, by portrait painter Jocelyn Maughan OAM | Value: $3000
2nd Prize: *2-night Getaway at Ettalong Beach Resort plus a bottle of boutique wine and late check-out | Value: $400
Sponsor: ACCOM Holidays, Ettalong
3rd Prize: **1 x mixed dozen wines (see Terms & Conditions for details) plus dining voucher | Value: $300
Sponsor: Wine - anonymous | Voucher $50 - Bombini at Saddles Mt White
4th Prize: 1 Pair of Glasses including single vision lenses | Voucher: $299
Sponsor: Specsavers, Deepwater Plaza, Woy Woy
5th Prize: Four rounds of golf at Shelly Beach Golf Club with 2 cart hire fees | Voucher: $260
6th Prize: **Jumbuck 4 Burner Hooded BBQ | Value: $199 | Sponsor: Bunnings Umina Beach
7th Prize: **Bosch 550 W Impact Drill | Value: $120 | Sponsor: Mitre 10 Kincumber
8th Prize: Boathouse Group | Voucher $100 | Sponsor: Boathouse Patonga
9th Prize: Pearls on the Beach Restaurant, Pearl Beach | Voucher $80
10th Prize: Pearl Beach Cafe and General Store, Pearl Beach | Voucher $50

Who benefits?

Every dollar generated goes to support community and Rotary projects including: ‘Music Therapy for Dementia’ project – to improve the quality of life for residents in aged care facilities living with Dementia; ‘Give Every Child a Future’ – a Rotary Australia/New Zealand/UNICEF project to provide free life-saving vaccines to 100,000 children across nine Pacific Island countries; and the Rotary Foundation that funds grants to support communities facing hardship due to the pandemic. During these difficult times, we are deeply grateful for your generosity in supporting Rotary to help those who, for a variety of reasons, cannot help themselves.

15th Opera in the Arboretum postponed until March 2022

Updated: 17 August 2020
Unfortunately due to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, the restrictions on public gatherings, availability of artists, and the well-being of patrons and all involved in the event, we have had to make the difficult decision to postpone the next Opera in the Arboretum, which was due to be held in March 2021. We are now planning to hold what will be our 15th Opera in the Arboretum in March 2022.
We live in hope that by then a vaccine will be available, the pandemic will have abated, borders will be open, and we can gather once again to picnic under the gum trees and enjoy a glorious afternoon of Opera.

Opera patrons and sponsors save the day!

Updated: 2 June 2020

Sadly, due to COVID-19 restrictions on mass gatherings we had to cancel Opera in the Arboretum 2020. Being a charity event, the cancellation could have meant a huge loss for the recipients and the club has it not been for the generosity of patrons and sponsors who saved the day. They answered our call to donate and it is thanks to their support that the Club has been able to provide some funds to each of the Opera in the Arboretum 2020 recipients and to the artists

We don't know what the future holds, but hope it will once again be possible to stage this much-loved charity event and to bring you our 15th Opera in the Arboretum in 2021.