Plan your visit

Open times

Due to measures to curb the spread of COVID-19, the Convent precinct is temporarily closed to the public, including our gardens, galleries and eateries. Indoor and outdoor events in the Convent’s spaces have been postponed. Some individual practitioners and small businesses are working in their studios at their own discretion while following social distancing guidance. Some of our eateries have moved to a delivery service. Please stay tuned to our news page and social media channels for the latest updates.

Abbotsford Convent:
7 days, 7.30am – 10pm daily
(open all public holidays)

Abbotsford Convent Foundation offices:
9am – 5.30pm, Monday – Friday
(closed on public holidays)

You can download a copy of our precinct map here.

Getting here

The ride or walk to the Convent is spectacular, with the Capital City cycling and walking path directly passing the precinct. The St Heliers Street turn-off is opposite the entrance to the Collingwood Children’s Farm.

Catch a Mernda or Hurstbridge line train to Victoria Park Station. The train station is a 10 – 15 minute walk to the Convent, or you can catch the 200 or 207 bus down Johnston Street to the Clarke Street stop. The bus stop is a 3 – 5 minute walk to the Convent.

Parking

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 daily operation of the Convent, and also support our neighbours, the Collingwood Children’s Farm.

There is no vehicle access to the Convent precinct for tour coaches and buses.
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.

Parking Weekday rates:
30 mins = free
90 mins= $5
$2 per hour thereafter
6 – 10 hours = $14
$2 per hour after 10 hours

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

Parking Weekend rates:
30 mins = $3
$2 per hour thereafter
5 ½ – 10 hours = $14
$2 per hour after 10 hours

Accessibility

The Abbotsford Convent Foundation (ACF) is committed to improving access within the Convent precinct for everyone. The ACF acknowledges that there are access challenges inherent in the Convent’s heritage buildings and gardens and remedial work is being undertaken as funding permits.

Download Universal Access Map

Eat & drink

Cam's

Convent Bakery

Lentil As Anything

Bamboo Hut

Galleries

c3 Contemporary Art Space

St Heliers Street Gallery

Tours

Self-guided walking tours

Wurundjeri Elders, musicians and artists have created an Indigenous Sound Trail to capture the story of the Convent’s Traditional Owner history and heritage. Ngulu-nganjin (Our Voice) features original soundscapes by Wurundjeri artist Mandy Nicholson, acclaimed Yorta Yorta Dja Dja Wurrung musician Dr. Lou Bennett AM, and Wurundjeri community. This project was developed by the Wurundjeri Tribe Land and Compensation Cultural Heritage Council Inc (the Council) in partnership with the Abbotsford Convent Foundation and was made possible with from the Victorian Government’s Rockin’ the Laneways program.

Discover the diverse social history of the Convent with our self-guided Social History Tour. Designed as a self-guided version of our regular Sunday Social History Tours, the tour includes memories collected from former residents and caretakers of the land.

Explore the Indigenous Sound Trail or take the self-guided Social History Tour below. These tours are accessible on both iOS and Android devices. Both tours feature audio tracks, so headphones are recommended.

Access the Self-guided tours

Guided Tours

Social History Tour

Convent Made Tour

Education Tours

Precinct 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.

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
You can download a list of nearby accommodation here.

Conditions of entry

  • The Convent site is a pedestrian zone. No vehicles are permitted onsite and you must dismount from your bike or skateboard when you come in the gate.
  • Dogs are welcome, but must remain on a leash at all times and owners must pick up after their pets.
  • 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 visitors also work and play here so please respect their quiet enjoyment of the site.
  • Visitors enter the site at their own risk. The Abbotsford Convent Foundation (ACF) will not accept any responsibility for any loss, damage or injury to persons or property incurred whilst onsite.
  • The ACF reserves the right to refuse entry if you breach these conditions or other rules set out from time to time.