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Conferences, sporting championships, major events – Ulumbarra is a world-class venue with a 960-seat auditorium, break-out rooms and landscaped courtyards.

Find out more about hiring Ulumbarra

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.


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Booking tickets

Purchase tickets for shows at Ulumbarra Theatre:

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Box Office opening hours

Our Box Office at 50 View Street is open 10am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

One hour prior to a performance: tickets can be purchased at Ulumbarra box office – Gaol Road, Bendigo.


Ulumbarra Bar

The Ulumbarra Bar opens 1 hour prior to any scheduled performances.


Accessing Ulumbarra

Accessible parking

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.

Wheelchair seating

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.

Companion Card

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.

Hiring Ulumbarra

Conferences, sporting championships, major events – Ulumbarra is a world-class venue with a 960-seat auditorium, break-out rooms and landscaped courtyards.

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Information for Hirers

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Getting to Ulumbarra Theatre

Information about parking and accessing Ulumbarra Theatre

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Weddings at Ulumbarra Theatre

Celebrate your special day in the unique setting of the Ulumbarra Theatre.

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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.

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Sandhurst Gaol Tour

Knowledgeable guides share the stories of inhabitants old and new, as you explore the Ulumbarra site. Tours run most Tuesdays at 2pm. Bookings essential.

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Venue Booking

Please contact our Bookings Coordinator on 03 5434 6100 for more information about hiring Ulumbarra Theatre or visit our hire page for more information.

BV&E acknowledges the Dja Dja Wurrung and Taungurung Peoples as the traditional custodians of the lands where our venues stand and where we share stories through art and culture.

We acknowledge and pay respect to their Elders past, present and future.