Cultural Precinct

Discover Busselton's Cultural Precinct where creativity lives!

Enjoy a visit to Busselton’s visual and performing arts creative hub housed in beautifully restored heritage-listed buildings dating back to 1860. Immerse yourself in history as you wander through the Old Courthouse buildings and surround yourself in art at the ArtGeo Gallery. ArtGeo

The heritage-listed Courthouse complex, is one of the oldest buildings in Busselton and played an important role in its settlement history. Wander through the Courtrooms, Magistrates Room, Bond Store and Police Station and learn about the buildings colourful history and notorious characters. Explore the cold, dark cells and imagine being locked up behind one of the heavy wooden doors. Heritage Tours run during school holidays, long weekends and special events, or make a group booking. You can get more information from the ArtGeo website.  

Browse the Gift Shop in the old Courtroom where you'll discover a stunning range of high quality locally crafted art, jewellery, pottery, glasswork, cards, photography and woodwork. Enjoy a coffee and bite to eat from the Lockup Coffee House before visiting the artist in residence studios (which used to be stables) featuring fabric sculptor Claire Kastelan and glass jewellery designer Nalda Hoskins.

Across the road you will find the ArtGeo Gallery, which is housed in an elegant neo-classical building dating back to 1938. The gallery plays host to an ever changing exhibition schedule of contemporary Australian artists and hosts the highly anticipated annual City of Busselton Art Award. The award attracts artists from across the State contending for an acquisitive first prize of $10,000 and a solo exhibition in Gallery. 

Sit and reflect in Merenj Boodja Bush Food Garden cared for by the Undalup Association. There is information about the plants in the garden and how they were used by the Aboriginal people who have lived in the region for over 40,000 years.

The Settlement Art Project is ‘the spot’ for selfies, featuring six life-size bronze sculptures by well-known Western Australian artist Greg James. The statues reflect the Traditional Custodians, early European settlers and visitors, and acknowledges the timber industry.

You can find Busselton Art Society and Acting Up! Drama School housed in the old Police Cottages on Queen Street.

Watch a performance at the heritage-listed Weld Theatre, run by the vibrant Busselton Repertory Club since 1949. They perform several plays a year, including the ever-popular annual pantomime.

ArtGeo has several unique venues (Gallery, New Courtroom, Fodder Room, Bond Store, Courtyard and Merenj Boodja Garden) available for hire for functions, workshops, exhibitions, performances corporate or private functions. For more information visit the ArtGeo website.  

The Courthouse and ArtGeo Gallery are open 10am to 4pm daily, FREE entry.

Coming Soon

Busselton Performing Arts and Convention Centre 

The City, along with the Federal Government, has committed funding to development of the Busselton Performing Arts and Convention Centre (BPACC), which will become the ‘jewel in the crown’ of the cultural precinct, featuring state of the art performing arts facilities, gallery and convention centre. Detailed design is underway and construction is due to commence in 2021. For more information visit the City's Your Say Busselton website.  

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