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NorthSite Contemporary Arts Gallery & Store

Open Monday to Friday: 10am to 5pm + Saturday: 11am to 2pm

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.

Cafe/Bar Operations

Arts Queensland called for Expressions Of Interest (EOI) to operate a café with light food options, including provision of event based bar services in two arts and cultural venues; Judith Wright Arts Centre (JWAC) and Bulmba-ja. The EOI is now closed with The Birdhouse Cafe selected for JWAC. We look forward to announcing the successful operator for Bulmba-ja.