Abbotsford Convent

Abbotsford Convent The Abbotsford Convent is a unique artistic and cultural hub situated near the banks of the Yarra River, only 4km from the CBD. Open from 7.30am to 10pm every day, this unique site boasts 11 historic buildings, gardens and car park spread over 6.8 hectares, surrounded by the Collingwood Children’s Farm and Yarra Bend Park.   

Featuring a diverse range of creative, artistic and educational facilities, the Convent is an invaluable resource for the whole community. It is home to artist studios for painters, jewellers, writers, architects and designers as well as arts organisations.

The Convent also features indoor and outdoor function areas, exhibition and rehearsal spaces and an auditorium. The Sophia Mundi Steiner School, a WellBeing centre and 3MBS community classical radio station are also features of this eclectic precinct.   

Visitors can enjoy a range of dining experiences, indulge in great coffee and wine, or simply wander the gardens. The Convent also hosts regular monthly arts, craft, fashion and food markets, bread making classes as well as various other special events throughout the year. 

Fascinating guided tours of the precinct occur each Sunday at 2.00pm and detail the rich cultural history of the Convent. Bookings can be made by contacting Chloe Weavers on 9415 3600 or email


Improved Access For All at Abbotsford Convent

With financial assistance from the Australian Government under the Accessible Communities Program and Council, building works have been completed at the Abbotsford Convent to improve access at the southern end of the Convent’s food and beverage precinct. The works, including creating an accessible walkway from the café’s to the public toilets, have now made this area far safer, providing a smooth, graduated pathway and suitable support fencing and rails. The changes have resulted in many more people, including people using wheelchairs or mobility scooters, families with prams and older people, being able to easily access the facilities.

This achievement is another milestone in the plans to make the overall Convent site and buildings accessible for all. The main Convent doors have also been modified and now offer automatic door opening and a new universal access ramp entry.

The Abbotsford Convent Foundation is committed to continuing to improve universal access  across the site with plans to soon refurbish the toilets within the Annex building through installing automatic door entry and providing refreshed surfaces. 

Getting there

Via train - Catch the Epping or Hurstbridge line train and get off at Victoria Park train station. Walk 5-10 minutes east along Johnston Street, turn right into Clarke Street and left into St. Helliers Street.  

Via bus - Catch the Garden City/Bulleen Bus 200, 201 and 207 which leave from the City in Lonsdale St, and run along Johnston Street. Get off at Clarke Street and turn left into St. Helliers Street.

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The Abbotsford Convent

1 St Heliers Street
Abbotsford VIC 3067 
9415 3600    

Further Information
Michelle Dawson
Tourism and Marketing Officer
9205 5362

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