Meaning ‘gather together’ or ‘meeting place’ in the language of the local Dja Dja Wurrung people, Bendigo’s Ulumbarra Theatre rises majestically from what was once the Sandhurst Gaol.
The theatre is a redevelopment of the gaol, which operated from 1863 until 2004. Today you walk into an extraordinary arts and community facility and events venue that cleverly fuses heritage-listed 1860s penitentiary architecture and contemporary design.
Red brick guard towers and an imposing granite facade frame the new entrance. Inside, the box office is housed in a repurposed cell block.
Visit Ulumbarra to take in a performance by a major national and international performing artists and touring companies, join a guided tour, experience Cell 26 or hold your own event.
Purchase tickets for shows at Ulumbarra Theatre:
- via our What’s On calendar
- by phone 03 5434 6100
- at our Box Office on 50 View Street Bendigo.
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Box Office opening hours
Our Box Office at 50 View Street is open 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.
One hour prior to a performance: tickets can be purchased at Ulumbarra box office – Gaol Road, Bendigo.
The Ulumbarra Bar opens 1 hour prior to any scheduled performances.
There is a disabled car parking zone adjacent to the venue and a drop off point immediately at the front of the venue for all Ulumbarra Theatre patrons.
Book wheelchair access seating by contacting our Box Office. Book early for one of the best available spaces.
Hearing aid loop
Our auditorium is equipped with a hearing loop sound system for use by people with hearing aids.
Ulumbarra Theatre accepts the Companion Card. Carers and attendants accompanying cardholders receive free entry to shows and events. A Companion Card must be presented when booking. Contact our Box Office for details.
Conferences, sporting championships, major events – Ulumbarra is a world-class venue with a 960-seat auditorium, break-out rooms and landscaped courtyards.More about Hiring Ulumbarra
How to get here
Information about parking and accessing Ulumbarra TheatreMore about How to get here
Weddings at Ulumbarra Theatre
Celebrate your special day in the unique setting of the Ulumbarra Theatre.More about Weddings at Ulumbarra Theatre
Experience CELL 26 – a former prison cell that ‘tells’ the story of the Ulumbarra site, by documentary artist Roslyn Oades and local musician Eliza Hull. Open 1 hour prior to any performance and on select dates.More about CELL 26
Sandhurst Gaol Tour
Knowledgeable guides share the stories of inhabitants old and new, as you explore the Ulumbarra site. Tours run most Tuesdays at 11am and Sundays at 2pm. Bookings essential.More about Sandhurst Gaol Tour
Ulumbarra Theatre Manager's Tour
Sneak backstage to see close-up the theatrical and technical infrastructure that allows Ulumbarra Theatre to deliver a wide range of performing arts and events activity. Bookings essential.More about Ulumbarra Theatre Manager's Tour