Body and Soul 2

Rathdowne StreetTake a day to enjoy some of the specialised health and wellbeing services on offer in Yarra.

After a nourishing breakfast begin your day with a visit to Ofuroya, the Japanese Bath House. From Collins Street in the City, take the number 109 (Box Hill) tram to stop 18 at Hoddle Street. Located just off Victoria Parade in Cromwell Street, Collingwood, Ofuroya is the first traditional Japanese public bath house, or sento, to open in Australia. Allow two hours for your treatment or take longer and indulge in a Shiatsu massage

Feeling invigorated, it’s time to move on to the Collingwood Children's Farm where city dwellers get the chance to experience life in the country. From Ofuroya, walk to the corner of Hoddle Street and Victoria Parade and take the route 246 bus towards Clifton Hill/LaTrobe University. Get off at the Johnston Street stop and take another bus (200, 201, 205, 207) along Johnston Street to Clarke Street. Located at the end of St Heliers Street, the Collingwood Children’s Farm was originally part of the Abbotsford Convent, where the nuns grew their fruit and vegetables and kept cows. With many of the ingredients home-grown in the nearby veggie patches, lunch at the Farm Café is a wholesome and delicious experience.

After lunch, amble up the road to the Abbotsford Convent which was established by a French order of nuns not long after Melbourne was settled in the mid 19th century. It is now a great example of urban renewal – a centre for arts, education, food – and wellbeing. WellBeing at the Convent, is made up of a group of independent health practitioners, who promote individual and community health through therapies which heal the mind, body and spirit. The list is long – check out their website and make sure you book your treatment in advance.

From the Convent, it’s a short walk to Johnston Street and Nicholas & Alistair, one of Australia's premier destinations for high-quality original vintage furniture, decorative objects and applied arts specialising in the rarer examples of 20th century design.

Time to end the day with a visit to Sentido Funf, a gorgeous garden lounge bar, with snacks, share plates and individual meals and a drinks menu to suit all tastes. Take the 200, 201, 205 or 207 city-bound bus along Johnston Street to the corner of Smith Street, and then walk down Smith Street to Gertrude Street. Sentido Funf, means ‘five senses’, and all are accommodated here. The tropical garden and ‘Green Room’ inspire instant relaxation with fragrant oils burning night and day, and there’s even a dance floor if you feel in the mood.

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Ofuroya, the Japanese Bath House

59 Cromwell Street
Collingwood VIC 3066
9419 0268

The Collingwood Children’s Farm

End of St Heliers Street
Abbotsford VIC 3067
9417 5806

The Farm Café at the Collingwood Children's Farm

18 St Heliers Street
Abbotsford VIC 3067
9415 6581

Wellbeing at the Convent

Abbotsford Convent
1 St Heliers Street
Abbotsford VIC 3067

Nicholas & Alistair

387 Johnston Street
Abbotsford VIC 3067
9486 9595

Sentido Funf

245 Gertrude Street
Fitzroy VIC 3065
9416 2689

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