Rathmines Theatre, nawayiba

Rathmines Theatre exterior

Rathmines Theatre is perfect for performances and productions such as live music, theatre, dance, community events and festivals. Its lakeside location, charismatic bar space and commercial-standard kitchen also make it a unique and memorable location for weddings or private functions.


  • capacity for up to 200 people
  • 6.5m deep x 9m wide stage (the stage tapers back to 5m wide upstage)
  • ticket office
  • commercial kitchen with close proximity to the auditorium
  • male and female dressing rooms
  • rehearsal/meeting room
  • accessible platform lift to the stage
  • auditorium fitted with a hearing loop

For more information on hire fees or to make a booking, contact the Performing Arts Officer on 02 4921 0333.

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About Rathmines Theatre, nawayiba

The word nawayiba means “canoe place” in Awabakal and refers to the scar trees left behind by Aboriginal people making canoes. nawayiba is also the cultural name given to Rathmines Theatre.

You can listen to the cultural name of the venue in the player below.


Dhumaan ngayin ngarrakalu kirraanan barayidin

We remember and respect the Ancestors who cared for and nurtured this Country.

Ngarrakalumba yuludaka bibayilin barayida baaduka

It is in their footsteps that we travel these lands and waters.

Lake Macquarie City Council dhumaan Awabakala ngarrakal yalawaa, yalawan, yalawanan

Lake Macquarie City Council acknowledges the Awabakal people and Elders past, present and future.

Cultural information provided by Miromaa Aboriginal Language and Technology Centre.

For events across our cultural facilities please see Lake Mac Arts.

For events at Rathmines Theatre please see below.


25 Stilling Street, Rathmines 2283  View in Google Maps

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