The Abbotsford Convent is located near the Yarra River just north of Melbourne’s CBD. The complex includes 11 buildings on 6.8 kilometres right next to the Collingwood Chidlren’s Farm which is on my to do list of places to visit.
It has been turned into a community and arts centre. There are creative spaces for artists, writers, rehearsals, a school and a radio station, bakery and bars. I visited on a day they were holding the Slow Food Farmer’s market which is held there on the 4th Sunday of each month. You can buy so much fresh fruit and vegetables including organic produce. There were hundreds of people there, shopping for food, eating at the bakery and wandering around the beautiful gardens. We were lucky to be there on a warm day which made the whole experience wonderful.