Located a mere 4 km 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.
The ride or walk to the Convent is spectacular, with the Capital City cycling and walking path directly passing the site. The St Heliers St turn-off is opposite the entrance to the Collingwood Children’s Farm.
Capital City Trail: http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/Capital-city
Google for directions from where you are now: https://maps.google.com.au/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&oe=UTF8&msa=0&msid=213125858798030576659.0004ccf53a83fe13c0c49
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
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TRAIN & BUS
(bus: 3-5 min, walking: 3-5 min)
Catch the train to Victoria Park Station (South Morang & Hurstbridge lines)
Note: some express services skip Victoria Park Station
(walking time: 3-5 mins)
There are 3 buses that regularly pass the Abbotsford Convent, #200, #201 and #207
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TRAM & WALK
(walking time: 20 - 25 mins)
Catch tram 109, 24 31 to Victoria Street/Nicholson Street
Directions: The Abbotsford Convent is located at the end of St. Heliers St, Abbotsford. The easiest way to get there is to go via Johnston St, turn onto Clarke St (left if going towards city, right if heading away from city), then turn left onto St Heliers Street. Google Maps: https://maps.google.com/?q=-37.809994,144.995790
MELWAYS: Ref 44 G5
All day parking is available in the car park directly across from the Convent on St Heliers Street. Funds from the car park go towards the restoration and overall running of the Convent. No vehicles are permitted on site.
Fees for use of the car park are as follows:
0 - 30 mins = free
30min - 1 hour = $1
1 - 2 hours = $2
2 - 3 hours = $4
3 - 5 hours = $6
All day parking (5 - 12 hours) = $8
12+ hours = $5/hr
Overnight fee (exit after 2am) = $25
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, 50m east of the corner of Clarke Street.
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)
c3 Contemporary Art Space: Wednesday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm (closed on Public Holidays). Check out What's On for exhibition dates.
St Helier’s Street Gallery: 7 days, 8am – 8pm. Check out What's On for exhibition dates.
Food & Beverage
Cam’s Cafe: 7 days, 8am – 8pm
Convent Bakery: 7 days, 7am – 5pm
Boiler Room: Friday – Sunday, 11am – late
Kappaya: Wednesday – Sunday, 10am – 4pm
Lentil As Anything: 7 days, 9am – 9pm
The Shadow Electric Bar: Open only during the Shadow Electric Season. Monday & Wednesday: 6pm – close, Thursday – Friday: 3pm – close, Saturday – Sunday: 12pm – close
For specific opening hours of tenant studios or other organisations onsite, please visit either their page in Who's Here or their own private website.
For Public Holiday open hours, it is best to contact the shop, gallery or eatery directly.
The Abbotsford Convent Foundation office is open from 9am-5.30pm, Monday – Friday and the office phone number is 9415 3600. The staff are happy to answer questions - so long as they are not silly!
The ACF’s Site Coordinators work around the site from 7.30am – 8.30pm daily and can be contacted on 0438 380 833.
The Abbotsford Convent is patrolled after hours by an external security company.
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.
The Convent is a pedestrian only zone. No vehicles are permitted on site and you must dismount from your bike or skateboard when you come in the gate please. 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. It is free for the first 30 mins and goes up incrementally with it costing $8 for 5–12hrs. 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, 50m east of the corner of Clarke Street.
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.
Public toilets are available at the back of the Kitchen Annex (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 Annex.
Bins specifically for cigarettes are located throughout the grounds. Please respect the site and use these bins accordingly.
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.
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.
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.
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 so we have a few non-negotiable conditions:
The Abbotsford Convent Foundation welcomes feedback about the site and the services offered. If you wish to provide feedback please fill in the form below.