406 Montague Road, West End [Kurilpa]
Saturday : 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Sunday : 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Pre-booked guided tours and some general access

Listed on the Queensland Heritage Register, the Thomas Dixon Centre is an iconic West End building recently redeveloped into a home for the state’s ballet company, Queensland Ballet. Originally commissioned by Thomas Dixon in 1908 to house a shoe and boot factory and designed by prominent Queensland architect Richard Gailey, the building encompasses its original Georgian Revival-style design and is a rare surviving example of an early twentieth century industrial factory in West End.

The significance of the building is enhanced by the incorporation of unusually decorative features for a building of its type, and its heritage component has been fully restored to its original grandeur. Following the 2019 refurbishment, the innovative design combining old and new now features six dance studios, a 350-seat theatre, production and costume workshops, stunning public art, and a rooftop terrace.

Queensland Ballet’s design objective was to create a cultural hub for community, and a landmark performing arts destination. In rejuvenating the Thomas Dixon Centre, the Company paid tribute to the culture, industry, and art which had previously been created on the site, as it proudly ushers in a future of expanded artistic creation, vision, and community connection. Just as Thomas Dixon did.

SATURDAY 15 JULY – No bookings required

SUNDAY 16 JULY – Pre-booked ticket holders only: BOOKED OUT

9:00am-10:30am Tour A / B

11:00-12:30pm Tour A / B

1:00pm-2:30pm Tour A / B


Tour Information

Frequency of Guided Tours: SUNDAY 16 JULY: Two tours leaving from 9.00, 11.00 and 1.00pm

Difference in guided tours for Saturday and Sunday:

On Saturday the building will be open for free roaming only. On Sunday we will host the pre-booked tours only.

Tour Tips

Register at the building on arrival

Dress Requirements

No heels

Wheelchair access


Is Heritage listed



Recent Architectural or Engineering Awards: 2023 Australian Institute of Architects State Awards including: - The Harry Marks Award for Sustainable Architecture - The State Award for Heritage Architecture - The State Award for Public Architecture - The COLORBOND® Award for Steel Architecture

Environment Accreditation: Thomas Dixon Centre is pursuing the International WELL Building Standard Certification.

Richard Gailey - architect of the 1908 Thomas Dixon Boot Factory
Conrad Gargett - architects of the 2022 Thomas Dixon Centre redevelopment.