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Abbotsford Convent

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Why locals love it

The Abbotsford Convent is a multi-faceted arts and culture precinct, an oasis away from the busyness that surrounds it. The Convent was established in 1863 by four nuns from the Good Shepherd Order as a place where they could care for women. After it was sold, in 1975, locals fought hard to keep it from being developed into apartments and won!

Why you should visit it

The Abbotsford Convent has a huge range of attractions for visitors, from markets to cinemas, classes to art shows, there's always something happening. There's also eateries, shops and a monthly farmers market. Aside from this, there's also the beautiful buildings, and lovely gardens to check out, perfect for a picnic with friends or to just relax.

Special tip

In summer, check out The Shadow Electric outdoor cinema for a truly hipster experience! Food vans are often on site if you get peckish during a movie.

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A cute outdoorsy venue with animals right up close to the CBD
An Inactive User
May 30, 2021
Pretty on a nice, sunny day
June 25, 2018
The most popular thing to do is to line up at Lentil as Anything and take your plate outside to eat in the gardens when it's summertime. It's always very busy but since you dish your food yourself the queues always move fast. Food is vegetarian/vegan and always very tasty. You can also stroll around the gardens of the convent.
An Inactive User
March 25, 2018
Just beautiful in both summer and winter!
August 31, 2016
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