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Restrictions For Impacted Areas – Cairns and Yarrabah

Bulmba-ja has reopened following the recent lockdown and is operating in line with current restrictions, including reduced capacity. Please note mask wearing and use of the Check In Qld contact tracing app are mandatory.

For the latest information on the Cairns and Yarrabah region lockdown visit

For more information or to talk to Bulmba-ja staff please phone 07 4047 4910.

NorthSite Contemporary Arts Gallery & Store

Open Monday to Friday: 10am to 5pm + Saturday: 10am to 1pm

About Us

Bulmba-ja is a theatre, gallery and creative development space managed by Arts Queensland.  Pronounced “BULL'M-ba-jar”, the name has a shared meaning of house or place in Yidinji and Yirrganydji languages.

Bulmba-ja plays a vital role in the Cairns arts scene, showcasing the unique stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Visitors can engage with the work of Bulmba-ja tenants JUTE Theatre Company, NorthSite Contemporary Arts, Miriki Performing Arts, The Pryce Centre for Culture and Arts and Minjil.

Bulmba-ja (formerly the Centre of Contemporary Arts) opened on 29 February 2020 following a $5.9 million refurbishment as part of a Queensland Government vision to support far north Queensland (FNQ) arts and culture.



Bulmba-ja has street frontage with free median parking (three hours during business hours). Hirers may access off-street parking to the rear of the building.


Accessible toilets are located on each of the two levels.

Hearing augmentation system

The Bulmba-ja theatre has a hearing augmentation system.

If you have any specific requirements you would like to ask staff about, please phone 07 4047 4910.