Plan your visit

Open times

Abbotsford Convent:
The Convent’s grounds are open 365 days a year.
Sunday – Monday, 7.30am – 9.30pm
Tuesday – Saturday, 7.30am – 10.30pm



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

Find us

Precinct Map

Download a copy of our precinct map.

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.


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
$1 per half 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
$1 per half hour thereafter
5 ½ – 10 hours = $14
$2 per hour after 10 hours


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 Access Map

COVIDSafe Plan

To ensure a safe and enjoyable environment for everyone, we’ve made some changes to accommodate the current Victorian Pandemic Orders. This includes the following measures:

  • Practicing and promoting physical distancing.
  • Wearing face masks when applicable.
  • Providing hand sanitiser stations along paths of travel.
  • Displaying posters and floor markings with health and safety guidelines around the precinct.
  • We are closely following all Victorian Pandemic Orders and will continue to update our procedures as necessary.

We look forward to welcoming you!

When to stay home.
For the safety and wellbeing of everyone, you must not visit the Convent if:

  • you feel unwell or if you are displaying any of the COVID-19 symptoms as identified by the DHHS.
  • you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 7 days or are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test.
  • you are required to get tested, self-isolate or quarantine by the DHHS.

Come together, but keep apart.
Please stay 1.5 meters away from anyone you don’t live with whenever possible, and follow the guidance provided by our staff and precinct signage. You’ll find patron limits at the entrance to bathrooms, indoor venues, lifts and dining areas.

Be squeaky clean!
Practise good hygiene by washing your hands regularly with soap, using hand sanitiser, and sneeze or cough into your elbow or a tissue.

Wear a mask.
A fitted face covering is required to be worn in accordance with Victorian Pandemic Orders, unless a lawful exemption applies. Visitors are encouraged to carry a mask at all times and to wear this when physical distancing cannot be maintained. Please be aware that some members of the community may have issues with wearing masks due to health conditions. We ask that you be respectful to others as reasons for not wearing a mask are not always obvious.

Pay with card.
Contactless payment methods are strongly encouraged, so please bring a credit or debit card for any on-site purchases.

And remember!
As an arts and cultural precinct, we are required to follow the current Victorian Pandemic Orders. We reserve the right to deny you entry, or ask you to leave to minimise the risk to others if you appear to have COVID-19 symptoms, or you do not comply with Victorian Pandemic Orders.

Download our full COVID Safe Plan.

Eat & drink


Convent Bakery


Convent Wellbeing

Discover your pathway to holistic health and healing through the Convent’s wellbeing offering.

With a dedicated team of more than 20 highly-skilled practitioners, with specialisations and therapies including counselling, acupuncture, naturopathy, Feldenkrais, remedial massage, and kinesiology, the Convent offers a peaceful, inner-urban sanctuary to support you in reaching your mental, physical, emotional and spiritual goals.

Discover who’s here, and book your appointment today.


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. Based on our regular in-person  Social History Tours,  this walk includes audio  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 operates from from 9am – 5.30pm, Monday – Friday. The office is currently closed for access to the general public, but you can contact reception 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.

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.

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 Convent Annexe, and in the Sacred Heart Courtyard. An accessible 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. 

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. 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.