Visitor Information

    Getting Here

    Public Transport Trip Planner

    Located a mere four kilometres 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:
    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, 201, 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 three buses that regularly pass the Abbotsford Convent:
    200 – City (Melbourne Central) – Bulleen
    201 – City – Doncaster Shoppingtown
    207 – City – Donvale

    View Bus timetables:
    to Bulleen/Doncaster/Donvale
    to City

    Walking directions:
    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, 24 31 to Victoria Street / Nicholson Street (Abbotsford)

    View Tram timetables:
    109 – Box Hill – Port Melbourne
    24 North Balwyn – City (La Trobe St west end)
    31 – Hoddle Street – 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 left onto Clarke Street (60 metres / 1 minute) – there is a bridge to get you across this busy road!
    5. Turn right 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 on-site. 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. 

    Car Park rates:
    0 – 30 mins = free
    30min – 1 hour = $1
    1 – 2 hours = $3
    2 – 3 hours = $4
    3 – 5 hours = $6
    All day parking (5 – 12 hours) = $8
    12+ hours = $5 per hour
    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, 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 Cafe 7 days, 8am – 8pm, closed Cup Day
    Convent Bakery 7 days, 7am – 5pm
    The Boiler Room Bar Friday – Sunday, 2 – 8pm
    Kappaya Wednesday – Sunday, 9am – 4pm
    Lentil As Anything 7 days, 9am – 9pm
    The Shadow Electric Bar Open only during the Shadow Electric Season and for specific events in the Industrial School.

    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.

    Site Services

    Front office
    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!

    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 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 minutes and goes up incrementally with it costing $8 for 5 – 12 hours. 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 your 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.
    • 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 in site.

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