Visitor Information

    Visitor Information

    Getting Here

    Public Transport Trip Planner

    Located a mere 4km from Melbourne’s CBD, there are many ways to get to the Abbotsford Convent. From experience, bike or public transport are always the best options; you can avoid the ever-increasing traffic on the roads, it’s the most sustainable way to get around and, to be honest, street parking is limited and on busy days the car park fills quickly.

    BIKE/WALK 
    The ride or walk to the Convent is spectacular, with the Capital City cycling and walking path directly passing the site. The St Heliers Street turn-off is opposite the entrance to the Collingwood Children’s Farm.
    Capital City Trail Google for directions from where you are now

    TRAIN & WALK 
    (walking: 10 – 15 minutes) Catch a train to Victoria Park Station (South Morang & Hurstbridge lines) Note: some express services skip Victoria Park Station.

    View Train timetables:
    Hurstbridge Line (to city)
    Hurstbridge Line (away from city)
    South Morang (to city)
    South Morang (from city)

    Walking directions from train station:
    1. From Victoria Park Station walk towards Johnston Street
    2. Turn left at Johnston Street (east, away from city)
    3. Continue along Johnston Street (700 metres / 10 minutes)
    4. Turn right onto Clarke Street (100 metres / 1 minute) – there is a bridge to get you across this busy road! 
    5. Turn left onto St Heliers Street (140 metres / 2 minutes)
    6. Enter via Gate One (opposite the car park)

    TRAIN & BUS
    (bus: 3 –5 minutes, walking: 3 – 5 minutes)
    Catch the train to Victoria Park Station (South Morang & Hurstbridge lines) Note: some express services skip Victoria Park Station.

    Walking directions:
    1. From Victoria Park Station walk towards Johnston Street
    2. Turn right and walk 10 metres to bus stop Victoria Park Railway Station #270 Johnston Street (Abbotsford)
    3. Catch bus 200 or 207 
    4. Get off at Clarke Street / Johnston Street (Abbotsford)
    5. Continue along Johnston Street (50 metres / 1 minute)
    6. Turn right onto Clarke Street (100 metres / 1 minute) – there is a bridge to get you across this busy road!
    7. Turn left onto St Heliers Street (140 metres / 2 minutes)
    8. Enter via Gate One (opposite the car park)

    BUS
    (walking time: 3 – 5 minutes)
    There are two buses that regularly pass the Abbotsford Convent:
    200 – City (Melbourne Central) – Bulleen
    207 – City Doncaster – SC via Kew Junction

    Walking directions from bus stop:
    1. Get off at Clarke Street / Johnston Street (Abbotsford)
    2. Walk along Johnston Street (50 metres / 1 minute)
    3. Turn right onto Clarke Street (100 metres / 1 minute) – there is a bridge to get you across this busy road!
    4. Turn left onto St Heliers Street (140 metres / 2 minutes)
    5. Enter via Gate One (opposite the car park)

    TRAM & WALK
    (walking time: 20 – 25 minutes)
    Catch tram 109, 12 or 48 to Victoria Street / Nicholson Street (Abbotsford)

    View Tram timetables:
    109 – Box Hill – Port Melbourne
    12 – Victoria Gardens – St Kilda
    48 – North Balwyn – Victoria Harbour Docklands

    Walking directions:
    1. Head east on Victoria Street toward Nicholson Street, Abbotsford (14 metres / 1 minute)
    2. Turn left onto Nicholson Street (950 metres / 12 minutes)
    3. Turn right onto Abbotsford Street (400 metres / 6 minutes)
    4. Turn right onto Clarke Street (60 metres / 1 minute) 
    5. Turn left onto St Heliers Street (140 metres / 2 minutes)
    6. Enter via Gate One (opposite the car park)

    CAR
    Directions: The Abbotsford Convent is located at the end of St Heliers Street, Abbotsford. The easiest way to get there is to go via Johnston Street, turn onto Clarke Street (left if going towards city, right if heading away from city), then turn left onto St Heliers Street.
    Google Maps | MELWAYS: Ref 44 G5

    Parking: No vehicles are permitted onsite. All day parking is available in the car park directly across from the Convent on St Heliers Street. The machines accept credit cards, notes and gold coins. Funds from the car park go towards the restoration and overall running of the Convent. 

    Weekday rates:
    30 mins = free
    90 mins= $4
    $2 per hour thereafter
    5 – 10 hours = $12

    Weekend rates:
    30 mins = $3
    $2 per hour thereafter
    5 – 10 hours = $12

    *Max daily rate (until 2am) = $28 
    *Additonal overnight fee (after 2am) = $25 
    *Lost ticket = $28

    COACHES & TOUR BUSES
    There is no vehicular access to the Convent site. Buses should either pick up / set down and park in Johnston Street or at the south end of Clarke Street (accessible from Abbotsford Street only). Buses cannot enter St Heliers Street. There is a dedicated bus parking zone on Johnston Street, 50 metres east of the corner of Clarke Street.

    Open Times

    Abbotsford Convent
    Abbotsford Convent: 7 days, 7.30am – 10pm daily (open all public holidays)
    Abbotsford Convent Foundation Office: Monday – Friday, 9am – 5.30pm (closed on public holidays)

    Galleries
    c3 Contemporary Art Space: Wednesday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm
    Check out What's On for exhibition dates
    St Heliers Street Gallery: 7 days, 8am – 8pm
    Check out What's On for exhibition dates

    Food & Beverage
    Cam’s | 7 days, Monday – Tuesday, 8am – 6pm, 
    Wednesday – Sunday, 8am – 8pm | 03 9415 8022
    Convent Bakery, Bar & Pizzeria | 7 days,  7am – 5pm | 03 9419 9426
    Kappaya Japanese Soul Food | Wednesday – Sunday, 9am – 4pm | 03 9416 0070
    Lentil As Anything | 7 days, 9am – 9pm | 03 9419 6444

    For public holiday open hours, it is best to contact the shop, gallery or eatery directly.

    Site Services

    Information Office (ground floor, Convent building)
    The office is open from 9am – 5.30pm, Monday – Friday. When you enter the Convent via the Main Gate on St Heliers Street walk right and you will see three steps leading into the Convent building. Enter the building and our door is the second on the right. You can contact the office on 03 9415 3600.

    Site Coordinators
    The ACF’s Site Coordinators work around the site from 7.30am – 8.30pm daily and can be contacted on 0438 380 833.

    Security
    The Abbotsford Convent is patrolled after hours by an external security company.

    Entry fee
    Entry to the Abbotsford Convent is free, yet as a not-for-profit organisation that does not receive recurrent government funding, donations are always appreciated. 

    Vehicle access
    The Convent is a pedestrian only zone. No vehicles are permitted onsite and you must dismount from your bike or skateboard when you come in the gate. There are always lots of kids and elderly people on site and we don’t want any accidents thanks!

    A car park is located just across the road from the entrance on St Heliers Street. Funds from the car park go towards the restoration and overall running of the Convent. A fee will be incurred for lost tickets and overnight parking. 

    Buses may not enter St Heliers Street. There is a dedicated bus parking zone on Johnston Street, 50 metres east of the corner of Clarke Street.

    ATM
    A cash point is located on the ground floor corridor of the Convent building east wing, accessible via the pedestrian ramp directly to the right of the Convent Bakery. A withdrawal limit of $200 per transaction applies.

    Toilets
    Public toilets are available at the back of the Convent Annexe (near Lentil as Anything). A disabled toilet can be located in Rosina building. A baby change facility and disabled toilet exists within the public toilets of the Convent Annexe.

    Cigarette bins
    Bins specifically for cigarettes are located throughout the grounds. Please respect the site and use these bins accordingly. 

    Waste
    The site does not provide rubbish bins because the ACF cannot afford to pay someone to clean them all the time, so we kindly ask that you take your rubbish home with you.

    Pooches
    Dogs are very welcome at the Convent but you must make sure they are on a lead and take with you anything they might leave behind.

    Wildlife
    We have lots of possums and they are very fat already so please don’t provide them with any more food – take your picnic scraps home thanks. In the summer, tiger snakes have been seen in the gardens so be careful where you walk. We’ve got some very shy blue tongue lizards too – if you see them please don’t talk to them.

    Nearby Accommodation

    Conditions of Entry

    Now no one wants to play the role of a that parent waving a fat rulebook, but we have to keep the Convent safe and clean for everyone so we have a few non-negotiable conditions:

    • The Convent site is a pedestrian zone.
    • Dogs are welcome, but must remain on a leash at all times and owners must bring their own dog poo bags.
    • Except for guide dogs, animals are not permitted within the interior of any buildings.
    • Children must be supervised at all times.
    • All rubbish must be collected and taken off-site with you.
    • Place all cigarette butts in the bins provided or take them home with you.
    • The picking of foliage and playing in the garden beds is prohibited.
    • The use of candles, incense or fire of any kind is strictly prohibited throughout the site.
    • Alcohol purchased from licensed premises at the Convent must not be consumed beyond the bounds of those premises.
    • Tenants, Venue Hirers and other Visitor also work and play here so please respect there quiet enjoyment of the site.
    • Visitors enter the site at their own risk. The Abbotsford Convent Foundation will not accept any responsibility for any loss, damage or injury to persons or property incurred whilst onsite.
    • The Abbotsford Convent Foundation reserves the right to refuse entry if you breach these conditons or other rules set out from time to time.