Performing Arts Car Park (P1) is closed

due to ongoing flood damage. For a range of options within walking distance of QPAC please visit our Transport to QPAC page.


Performing Arts Car Park (P1) is closed

Planning a school visit

Enrich your teaching with the arts

Students might visit QPAC to see a show, participate in a workshop or forum, view an exhibition, or take a backstage tour. Whatever the reason, your visit is eagerly awaited.

Once you have decided to visit us, we suggest that you take a look at the below checklist to prepare for your visit in order to make it trouble-free and memorable.

Coach Parking

Coach parking in the Brisbane CBD is allowed at approved locations and times. The Brisbane City Council has these maps which display locations, times and restrictions on coach parking in the Brisbane CBD, and our parking page has information on the parking locations for coaches around QPAC.


Exhibitions relevant to the performing arts are on view in the Tony Gould Gallery. When planning a visit to QPAC, allow time for students to see the QPAC Museum’s current exhibition. Curatorial talks by arrangement and costs apply. The Tony Gould Gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm. Entry is free.

Plan Your Visit



  • You have a copy of QPAC’s Risk Assessment form [PDF 68KB] for your school’s records
  • Performance details on your tickets (name of the production, venue, date, and times)
  • Number of tickets matches the number of students and staff attending
  • Finish time of the performance (including interval) for pick-up by coaches or parents


  • If students are not required to wear school uniforms, smart casual wear is suggested

Travel Light

  • Please leave all large bags at school or secured on coaches
  • If this is not possible, please check bags into cloakrooms and designated holding areas
  • There are limited secure storage facilities for bags at QPAC. Please note that while exercising every care, we cannot take responsibility for the security of baggage.

Student Preparation

  • Refer to support materials
  • Read a synopsis or program outline
  • Discuss aspects of the specific art form
  • Examine the nature of live performance
  • Identify likely technical elements (e.g. lighting, sound, set or costume design)
  • Consider possible responses to the production


On Arrival

  • Aim to be at your allocated doors 10 to 15 minutes prior to the start of the show
  • To assist our Front of House staff, please distribute individual tickets to students for entry into the theatre
  • Arrange a meeting point at which your group can assemble after the show

During a Performance

  • It is critical to the safety of performers and comfort of other patrons that no mobile phones (including SMS and MMS messaging), flash bulbs, or video cameras be used during the performance.
  • For the respect of fellow patrons, students should not move in and out of allocated seats after ‘house lights’ go down unless absolutely necessary. Any evacuation procedures will be led by Front-of-House staff.
  • Food and drink are not permitted in the auditorium as a workplace health and safety precaution. Bottled water is permitted.
  • To minimise interruptions to the performers and other patrons, latecomers will not be admitted into the auditorium until a suitable break in the performances, as nominated by the Stage Manager.


Collect Belongings

  • Remember to collect all belongings before leaving the venue



Acknowledgement of Traditional Custodians

We pay our respects to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ancestors of this land, their spirits and their legacy. The foundations laid by these ancestors – our First Nations Peoples – gives strength, inspiration and courage to current and future generations, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, towards creating a better Queensland.