Old Court House Complex
Old Court House Complex
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
About
Busselton Cultural Precinct is home to some of Western Australia’s oldest buildings and marks historic moments in time, including the post-settlement establishment of civic life, through the Old Courthouse and Police Complex. Today, it is managed by the City of Busselton in a capacity as both owner/manager and venue operator. In 2024, the City of Busselton will introduce a new art gallery, performing arts and convention venue in the Precinct. Currently under construction, Saltwater Busselton will host events for up to 1200 people and will be a key attraction within the Cultural Precinct. The City of Busselton is committed to ensuring that the Precinct is a place that belongs to the people of Busselton and is all inclusive. A place for sharing stories and gathering together. A place that is welcoming. A place that inspires us.
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Alison P
Melbourne, Australia121 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Beautiful restoration of a historic building just a few minutes walk from the Busselton Jetty. There are a number of interesting rooms for art exhibitions, sales of high quality handmade art & craft, a working art studio and restored prison cells with video interviews to illustrate some of the history. Well worth a visit.
Written 28 April 2024
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Shazandtoff
Capel, Australia14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
What a hidden gem. We had a great time exploring the buildings and found some really beautiful gifts made by local artists. Definitely worth a visit
Written 10 January 2024
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Bartonbears
Coffs Harbour, Australia2,623 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
Our time was mainly spent in the old court house and gaol. When we visited a number of local artists were selling a large variety of items from jewellery to ceramic sculptures and we thoroughly enjoyed some shopping and viewing of the historical building. We were particularly interested in the police cells, including the shameful group cell used for Indigenous offenders in the past. Certainly worth a visit and the complex offers more than we had time to see.
Written 25 September 2022
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gfsc5
Perth, Australia1,786 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
We popped into the gallery for a quick look. There was a small exhibition featuring interesting felting objects and a larger one with artworks featuring WA locations. Quite interesting but not as good as the exhibition I saw here a couple of years ago. Worth having a look at, though, as they do change.
Written 27 August 2020
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gypsygirl52
Busselton, Australia576 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
We do live in Busselton had a free afternoon and had a stroll around the Complex.
It is so interesting. So Well kept and clean.
Lovely Lady to Greet you and give information.
A Gift shop and a Coffee Shop.
We really enjoyed visiting the Cells and the Court Room.
Not to be missed when passing through Busselton.
We really Love the Bronze Sculptures you shall see around the area.
Enjoy.
Written 23 January 2020
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1CHR2015
Perth, Australia101 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
Set off to see what we thought were historical buildings and stumbled upon Judy Rogers Body From The Suitcase art exhibition. She is a master! The exhibition came from four weeks residency in St Petersburg and should definitely be seen. Four of us enjoyed the walk and the places along the way.
Stop at the court house for lunch!
Written 31 March 2019
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Thanks for your review - we're so happy to hear you enjoyed your visit to the ArtGeo Cultural Complex! The Judy Rogers exhibition was wonderful!
Written 6 June 2019
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Tony E
Nanaimo, Canada602 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Couples
Captures Busselton’s history. Interesting to stroll through the old Court House, police station, cells, and galleries, accompanied by one of the volunteer guides. Located near the seaside end of the Main Street.
Written 19 February 2019
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Thanks for the review Tony, we're happy to hear you enjoyed exploring the Courthouse complex and ArtGeo Gallery - the buildings are full of history dating back to 1860!
Written 6 June 2019
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gfsc5
Perth, Australia1,786 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Couples
This complex comprises a number of old buildings including a courthouse and gaol. The buildings are used variously as a cafe, gallery, 'museum', craft space etc.

I didn't go into the cafe but it looked busy.

The gallery housed a smattering of paintings and pottery and the like. Nothing to really catch the eye.

The courthouse is interesting but so much more could be done with the space to make it more engaging. I've seen lots of examples around the world where similar buildings bring history to life. The gaol also has lots of potential to add to this history. As it is, it just doesn't catch one's attention or explain what it all means.

Maybe the heading of this review should have been 'Lost potential'.
Written 7 March 2018
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dore2dore
Fremantle, Australia51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2017 • Family
This place was a real surprise. We went to see an artist who specialised in glass jewellery. Bought a lovely pair of earrings, but the real surprise was looking through the courtroom and the gaol. My son had a bit of fun being the hard nosed judge who imprisoned his Dad! Seeing the small cells really gave you some perspective on what it must have been like to be locked up.
Written 27 July 2017
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ozcan1
Bunbury, Australia2,731 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Solo
There's so much to experience in the ArtGeo Cultural Complex that I'd argue each separate component deserves its own TA attraction section. So, where to begin?!!

First, it's important to note that these quite discrete venues are all free of any admission charge. Second, each venue has distinct cultural, artistic or historical features; but linking the Old Courthouse, Police Station and Cells does of course make sense, achitecturally and historically. During my Court House visit, students acted-out a trial, led by an expert guide, who reminded them whenever appropriate, of some anachronisms in their understanding of the times! Nicely-wrought drama... .

The cells, adjacent the police station and courthouse, remind visitors of past indignities and horrors suffered by those who incurred the justice of the day. The bleakness of incarceration a century-and-a-half-ago must have been insufferable!

Across the road, at the Art-Geo Gallery, an exhibition, "Narrative", featuring works by Claire Bolton and Molly Coy, was quite thrilling to experience; possibly more-so as I spent two years out on the Nullarbor in the late-70s. Skilfully-crafted glimpses of desert plains, sparse vegetation and past outback mechanisms capture the often strikingly-beautiful essence of the place, evoking memories mere photographs could never resurrect... . It's truly another world, brought into tactile focus by Coy and Boulton.

Immediately nearby, the Busselton Art Society Gallery features the work of many local artists, several of whose members' paintings we've purchased in past years. It's not clear whether the BAS building is part of the complex, but its location is ideal. I was quietly admonished for attempting to take pics there... a pity, as I liked one of the reasonably-priced paintings and had intended to discuss its purchase with my partner. Maybe a future visit... .

NB: There _must_ be a way to ensure pics are in preferred order, but I haven't as yet discovered how. They'll be presented in random order once again, I guess(!)
Written 8 May 2017
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