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Ulumbarra Theatre

Attractions Bendigo

2018 dates now available:
Saturday September 1

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A Manager’s Tour of Ulumbarra Theatre is a chance to see the historic elements of this exciting new performing arts centre rising from within the walls of the historic Sandhurst Prison – and much more! Guests will also have an exclusive opportunity to sneak backstage for close inspection of the theatrical and technical infrastructure that allows Ulumbarra Theatre to deliver a wide range of performing arts and events activity.


Bendigo's Ulumbarra Theatre rises majestically from within the walls of the Central Victorian City's 1860's Sandhurst Gaol.

Meaning "gather together or "meeting place" in the language of the local indigenous people, Ulumbarra blends heritage and modern elements beautifully, offering distinctive state-of-the-art performance and event spaces.

The Sandhurst Gaol opened in 1863 and was decommissioned in 2006. Former inmates include Chopper Reed and Ronald Ryan. In 1987 it was the scene of Victoria’s longest prison siege, when John Dixon Jenkins, the self-styled ‘nuclear warrior’, took nine people hostage within the Gaol claiming he had a hand-made bomb. The design, with passages radiating from a central hub, was based upon the much-publicised Pentonville concept, which enabled the surveillance of multiple wings from a central point whilst allowing a reasonable amount of air to circulate the cellblocks. Although five wings were allowed for in the original plan, only two wings were ever constructed at Bendigo Prison.

Designed by Melbourne architects Y2 and international theatre design specialists Schuler Shook, Ulumbarra Theatre merges contemporary design with the heritage elements of the old penitentiary architecture.

With an auditorium capacity of 951, expansive foyers, studios and meeting rooms, Ulumbarra Theatre's architects have cleverly adapted this historic gaol to create an extraordinary arts and community facility.

Ulumbarra's main stage - the largest in regional Australia - can accommodate any performer or touring company with a fully-functional fly tower and world-class production capabilities.

Gaol Road, Bendigo Victoria 3550, Australia


Ulumbarra Theatre is located on Gaol Road, between the Tom Flood Sports Centre and Bendigo Senior Secondary College. From the Fountain head north on Pall Mall and vear left at the Conservatory Gardens into Bridge Street/Park Road and left in Gaol Road.

Manager Tours Terms and Conditions: Tour routes and content may vary depending on access available on the day of your visit. Children over the age of 8 are welcome to join parents/guardians on the Manager’s Tour however they must remain under close supervision at all times. Please note at time of booking of any mobility restrictions or fear of heights. We care about our guests – we reserve the right to decline participation or to modify guest access at any time to maintain a safe environment.

Historic Sandhurst Gaol Tours are also available. For further information CLICK HERE