COVID-19 pandemic precautionary measures at the Convent
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. We will provide updates as the public health situation evolves over the coming weeks. Please follow our social channels or check out our blog for the latest updates >>
Abbotsford Convent: 7 days, 7.30am – 10pm daily (open all public holidays)
ACF offices: 9am – 5.30pm, Monday – Friday (closed on public holidays)
Eateries (temporarily closed, some alternative delivery services available)
Cam’s: delivery service available Wed – Friday. More information here.
Kappaya Japanese Soul Food
Lentil As Anything: pay-as-you-feel home delivery and takeaway food truck service. More information here.
Galleries (currently closed)
Our galleries are temporarily closed as a precautionary measure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Public Transport Trip Planner
Located 4km from Melbourne’s CBD, there are many ways to get to the Abbotsford Convent.
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
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 to Clarke Street, Abbotsford. Note: some peak-hour express services on weekdays skip Victoria Park Station.
Catch the 200 or 207 bus to Clarke Street, Abbotsford. The bus stop is a 3 – 5 minute walk to the Convent.
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, 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 daily operation of the Convent.
30 mins = free
90 mins= $5
$2 per hour thereafter
6 – 10 hours = $14
$2 per hour after 10 hours
30 mins = $3
$2 per hour thereafter
5 ½ – 10 hours = $14
$2 per hour after 10 hours
*Max daily rate (until 2am) = $28
*Additional 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.
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.
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 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.
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 (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.
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.
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.
- 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 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 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.