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Nautilus Arts Centre

The Nautilus Arts Centre is a multi-purpose cultural centre and comprises the 500-seat Nautilus Theatre, two gallery spaces (The Walter Nicholls Memorial Gallery and The Rotary Gallery), a gallery shop which showcases and sells the work of local artists, and a range of different sized meeting and workshop spaces.

In July 2013, Council took over the operations of the facility and it was rebranded the Nautilus Arts Centre in 2014.

The Nautilus Arts Centre is a welcoming and creative space that can be transformed to suit individual requirements. 

Nautilus Arts Centre Image 2016The arts centre offers: 

* Affordable venue hire options
* Central location - close to shops and eateries
* Local arts and crafts
* Box Office
* Modern audio visual, theatrical audio and lighting equipment
* Largest conference facility in the region
* Versatile gallery and theatre spaces
* Meeting rooms
* Workshop spaces

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday 10am - 3pm
Saturday 10am to 1pm



Nautilus Theatre

The Nautilus Theatre holds a range of diverse and exciting productions including productions from the Country Arts SA' Performing Arts Programme. 

To view the upcoming exhibitions and theatre programmes or to book your tickets to a show online visit or contact the Nautilus Arts Centre on 8621 2351.

For online ticketing purchases for the Country Arts SA Shows visit their website at

Nautilus Arts Centre and Theatre Hire Agreements and Applications

The Nautilus Arts Centre has facilities available for hire for small scale events and major events.

  • The Walter Nicholls Memorial Gallery is a purpose built A-Class facility on the eastern side of the Nautilus Arts Centre.
  • The Rotary Gallery is situated between the foyer and the Nautilus Theatre. The gallery has high visibility because theatre patrons pass through the exhibitions space on the way to the theatre stalls.
  • The Media Room has a capacity to seat up to 100 people, has technical facilities for presentations and is used regularly for meetings and workshops. Access is via Washington Street.
  • The Green Room is a small meeting room with capacity for 10 to 15 people. The Green Room is part of the performers’ facilities and is only available when the theatre is not in use.
  • The Studio is a large room situated on the upper floor directly above the Media Room and is currently being utilised by the Port Lincoln Yoga Group, via a hire agreement.
  • The Foyer provides an informal display area for the community. ‘Artist of the Month’ is displayed in this space. Merchandise and CD’s are often for sale and signed in this space after a performance.
  • The Kitchen is a fully commercial grade facility allowing the NAC to market itself as a comprehensive facility for conferences, weddings and other major events.

How to Apply

To apply to hire any of the facilities offered at the Nautilus Arts Centre you will need to complete and forward to Council the relevant form and requested documents with the fees payable as per Council's Fees and Charges Schedule.

Hire Agreement for Nautilus Arts Centre Facilities (Small Scale Events) 16-6-T18
Hire Agreement for Nautilus Arts Centre Facilities (Major Events) 16-6-T17
Small Scale Productions Technical Requirement Form 16-6-T19
Nautilus Theatre Administration Form 16-6-T22
Inventory of Works Submitted 17-94-T6

The relevant forms can be forwarded to the Nautilus Arts Centre either by:


By post:

Nautilus Arts Centre
PO Box 1787

In person:

66 Tasman Terrace

Other Relevant Documents and links

Nautilus Arts Centre Business Plan 2018/19-2023/24

Need more information

If you have any questions regarding the Nautilus Arts Centre facilities, please contact: 

Nautilus Arts Centre
NAC Coordinator
10.00am - 3.00pm, Monday to Friday
10.00am - 1.00pm, Saturday
Phone: 8621 2351

City of Port Lincoln
City of Port Lincoln ABN: 80 776 127 243
PO Box 1787, PORT LINCOLN SA 5606
Level One, Civic Centre, 60 Tasman Terrace, Port Lincoln
Telephone: 08 8621 2300 | Fax: 08 8621 2399 | Email:
City of Port Lincoln ABN: 80 776 127 243
PO Box 1787, PORT LINCOLN SA 5606
Level One, Civic Centre,
60 Tasman Terrace, Port Lincoln
Telephone: 08 8621 2300 | Fax: 08 8621 2399
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