School Bookings


HOTA Gallery and Central are free to visit.

Bookings are essential using the forms below.  If reserving tickets, book now and pay later (all payments are due prior to visit).

For additional inquiries, please contact our team at

Performance Bookings

Performance Bookings

Teachers can reserve tickets for students to visit a performing arts show and/or take part in a performance-related workshops/Q&A.

Gallery Bookings

Gallery Bookings

Teachers can reserve tickets for students to visit an exhibition and/or take part in visual art workshops.

#Find us

The Jock and Beverly Mcilwain Arts Bus Fund

The Jock and Beverly Mcilwain Arts Bus Fund

The Jock and Beverly McIlwain Arts Bus Fund is an initiative to assist in reducing the cost of bus travel to the Centre. Schools can apply to the fund to receive a one-off subsidy to contribute towards bus travel to see an exhibition, performance or participate in a workshop at HOTA.

The subsidies available are graded based on your distance from HOTA, with up to $600 allocated to successful schools.

#Frequently asked questions

Where do we go when we arrive?

Upon arrival, please introduce yourself to a member of our Front of House staff. They'll be your best point of contact on the day and guide you to wherever you need to go.

Assembly Points

If you’re visiting with your school or class, there will be a designated assembly area that caters to large groups. This information will be supplied to you once you’ve booked your visit.

School Bags

Ideally, school bags should be left on the bus; however, if necessary, students can place their school bags under their seats. Where possible, we suggest students bring smaller enviro bags for the day, rather than bulky school bags. Please note that bag storage at the theatre is limited.
HOTA Gallery has a dedicated storage space, please indicate in your booking if you wish to use.

Eating Areas

You’ll have access to the HOTA Outdoor Precinct for lunch, morning tea, and breaks. From the lawn in front of the Outdoor Stage to picnic tables by the lake, there are a range of options for you to choose from.
Please refer to the precinct map for more details.


HOTA Café serves a wide variety of food and drinks. If your group plans to dine at the HOTA Café, please let us know at the time of booking so we can ensure adequate space and service. Bulk takeaway orders are available for students and staff and require advance notice.

To directly make a booking in HOTA Café, please call on 07 5588 4087. Groups are always welcome to bring their own food and refreshments when visiting HOTA.

Gorups are always welcome to bring their own food and refreshments when visiting HOTA. Eating in the Gallery and Theatre is prohibited.

Bus Drop Off

Drop-offs can be made using the drive-through area at the entrance of HOTA Central. Bus Drivers are required to use their discretion when choosing the safest possible drop-off location.

Bus Parking

Bus Parking is available and located adjacent to the main carpark. Spaces are limited, so please have a back-up plan ready in the event that these spaces are full.

Ticket Collection

Collect your tickets from HOTA Box Office by sending ONE representative from your group to the desk. This will ensure the foyer isn’t over-crowded and free from hazards.


We want everyone to have a great time when they come to HOTA. And we’re committed to making sure the arts are accessible to everyone. Let us know if you will need any specific assistance when you arrive, and we’ll make arrangements.

There are accessible parking spaces close to the front of HOTA Central and HOTA
Gallery, including designated setdown and pick up area in front of the main entrances.

For wheelchair users and people with mobility requirements there are ramps that provide access into all locations. Equal access toilets can be found in the main foyer of HOTA Central and on Level 3, 5 and the Lower Ground of HOTA Gallery.


You’ll find plenty of toilets conveniently located around HOTA Central, HOTA Precinct, and HOTA Gallery.

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HOTA proudly acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we are situated, the Kombumerri families of the Yugambeh Language Region. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging, and recognise their continuing connections to the lands, waters and their extended communities throughout South East Queensland.