Convent Gallery
Convent Gallery
4.5
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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The Convent Gallery has been described as “the most beautiful gallery in Australia” ...however, it is much more than that! In fact, this inspirational multi-award winning world-class tourist destination is blessed with many ways to lead you into temptation. Under one magnificently restored roof you will discover a rich tapestry of experiences. Over four levels there are seven galleries incorporating art, culture, history, as well as great food and sensational shopping. All surrounded by fragrant and beautifully groomed gardens and panoramic views of the picturesque Central Highlands.
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  • Michael H
    Adelaide, Australia5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful location
    An amazing experience here during our 2 day stay. A great location here overlooking beautiful gardens. Great artwork and other items for sale. Tina was very accommodating looking after us . Hope to come back one day Michael and Josie
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 August 2023
  • Rachelle M
    Heidelberg, Australia32 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A wonderful place to visit!
    We absolutely love The Convent Gallery, and visit every time we are in the area. Breakfast is always delicious, as are the scones! Have stayed I. The accomodation before, that was amazing!! We’ll be back soon! And will walk down that aisle in 2024 🥂.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 September 2023
  • Tony F
    Melbourne, Australia6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It is well worth a look.
    What a fantastic experience. From the entry to the exit plenty of history. I was not there for the art so much as the historical convent. although there are some fantastic pieces scattered through the whole building. The Cafe-restaurant seemed to have a booming trade. The bar at the end of the journey was fantastic. If you are lucky you may encounter the owner who is a very happy and entertaining . She has some great stories to share on her journey from first purchasing and renovating.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 November 2023
  • Helen GS
    Brisbane, Australia13 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A unique and interesting private gallery with many stories to tell.
    Fabulous building with a very interesting history. Has many different areas to explore - galleries, shops and small museum a chapel and other references to the children who went to school there and the nuns who were in residence. The art was an eclectic mix - sculptures and paintings dotted throughout. The cafe in the entrance area was expensive and draughty on a blustery winter’s day. The atmosphere of the space, created by a massive wall of cathedral style windows, made it special.
    Visited July 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 July 2024
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mrsincranny
Cranbourne, Australia202 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
It is worth visiting here for the history of the building and the gardens. Although the climb to the top where the bell tower used to be is up some fairly steep stairs it is worth the effort to see the view. The art is varied from very modern to some great sculptures. It does cost $5 per person but the ticket is valid for 3 days in case you feel the need to come back for a second glance.
Written 20 March 2020
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Thank you for visiting and reviewing our gallery. As a privately owned entity, your admission fee allows us to maintain this historical beautiful building ( & gardens ) whilst promoting Australian art. Win-win for all.
Written 15 February 2021
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Sunshine3844
Traralgon, Australia488 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Friends
Entry was difficult to the convent with one queue for the cafe, bar, museum, shop and gallery. The person manning the desk was overwhelmed and not welcoming. I would say it was not worth the $5 per person entry fee. The museum was two rooms and badly set up. The shop was overpriced. The service in the bar was terrible. I would not recommend to visitors of Daylesford
Written 28 February 2021
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Hello Sunshine. We typically do not have such long queues to get into the premises. It has been extremely busy post lockdowns ( with everyone wanting to get out of the city ). The added requirement of checking ID's has added to the delay. Thank you for identifying all the negatives for us to work on.
Written 5 February 2022
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Chris1862
Perth, Australia19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
My accommodation hosts recommended I visit the Convent as I love visiting historic places and I'm really glad they did. I spent over 2hrs here just wandering the building, discovering the history, looking at wonderful artistic pieces and marvelling at the architecture. My afternoon began however with lunch in the Cafe' which was just fabulous. Wonderful hospitality and service by the Staff, reasonable pricing and very fresh, delicious food. Just the setting itself was an amazing place to relax and enjoy lunch before heading off to discover the Convent.
Written 4 January 2020
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Thank you for visiting, and thank you for sharing all the things you loved. It is wonderful that you took the time to explore the building - its history, the art, the architecture, the food!!! See you next time.
Written 15 February 2021
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giacomina17
Brisbane, Australia553 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Friends
The history of this place took up all my time on my first visit. Luckily, the $10 admission fee is valid for three consecutive days so I was able to go back and then take in the art on my second visit. Beautiful place, great art, friendly staff- do yourself a favour and GO!!
Written 1 July 2022
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Thank you for finding us! ...and thank you for sharing your wonderful review. We love that you soaked up all the history and then all the art... a great way to do it! The building is very special to us... and we really to love reading what visitors loved most. Thank you for spreading the word!! ...hope to see you again.
Written 26 August 2022
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Oldjack
Greater Melbourne, Australia28,965 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
This is a magnificent old building was housng the Gold Commisioner and erected in the 1860's.It was then known as Blarney Castle. The Catholic Church took it over in the 1880's but over and it was home for the local priest for ten years and later fro nuns . It was passed to the local community in 1975, and the last nun removed to more suitable accomodation.It has a very pretty garden and well worth a look even if not for the art.
Written 20 November 2020
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Our historic building built in the 1860s lives on. So glad that visitors appreciate the history that we have tried to preserve, as much as the art & surrounds. See you again.
Written 15 February 2021
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Carlina Ed
Melbourne, Australia39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Couples
There is so much to see at the convent gallery. Whether you're there for history, art, shopping or food, there's something for you. We spent a few hours slowly walking through the many rooms and looking at the art on display and reading all the stories of what life was like in the convent in times past. If you can, make sure to go up to the bell tower. There were better views of Dayelsford from the window than any lookout we went to!
Written 17 July 2021
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You've hit the nail right on the head. We do have so much to see/experience. Thank you so much for telling the world! Your review is appreciated. Hope to see you again soon.
Written 4 February 2022
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Julia Mcgregor
Buninyong, Australia1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Couples
What a wonderful experience!
We enjoyed a very tasty lunch and excellent service in the cafe. We learn wondered through the beautiful gallery and museum, exploring all the rich, interesting history of the building as well as the lovely artwork.
We had the pleasure of meeting Tina in the gift shop on our way and wow, what an inviting and pleasant host.
Tina, the Convent, the Gallery, the cafe and your staff are a credit to you!!
Written 17 July 2020
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THANK YOU!!!!!!! An all-encompassing experience is our aim. We love it when you love it! Thank you once again... and we look forward to your next visit.
Written 15 February 2021
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Tiffany
23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Visited the Convent with my mother-in-law a few days ago. Wow. What an amazing place.
Allow yourself enough time to explore, then enjoy an amazing lunch in the sun filled atrium (the calamari is next level) or homemade scones and an organic loose tea by Tea Tonic…or skip the tea and warm your heart with a little mulled wine!

Immerse yourselves in the beauty and history surrounding you…the architecture, Australian art, the garden, the views, the food and most of all, the owner…she’s there, amongst it all…. what an amazing little pocket rocket. I was inspired by stories of her determination, resilience, and passion to make the convent what it is today and felt honoured to be able to hear her journey. Tina has preserved this amazing building, paying tribute to past occupiers of the building, promoting Australian art and most of all, making everyone feel welcome.

Tina, thank you for sharing this beautiful building, you should be proud of your amazing journey, it’s so obvious how much your staff love and respect you. Thank you for your kindness, generosity and setting an example to women out there to follow their dreams and ‘’just do it!’. Tiffany
Written 5 August 2022
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Thank you Tiffany! Reading your review made my heart sing. My goal when building the Gallery was to bring beautiful things to all people... to create a building with art and soul! So glad you loved everything about your visit and were inspired by my journey. My greatest joy is meeting visitors like you and knowing that you have enjoyed your Convent experience! Thank you once again. See you on your next visit.
Written 26 August 2022
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Jenny K
Munno Para, Australia44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
A great place to visit in any weather, I love looking through an historic building. They have a cafe but after looking through and see the local paintings we stopped in the convent chapel bar where we met the owner Tina, wow is she great and stories to tell. I had the sister Georgina cocktail and then had another, on a cool day next to the fire, my husband and I loved it and Tina. They have an amazing garden as well, a wonderful surprise please go and check it out.
Written 12 May 2021
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Wow! What a fabulous time you had! Tina is such a wonderful host and loves to share the Convent history with our guests. We look forward to your next visit!
Written 21 May 2021
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Tim H
Melbourne, Australia249 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
On arrival, we were greeted by the wonderful Annette who ensured that we knew where the lift and gift shop were, how to get to the basement to view the historical remains of the nunnery (not particularly interesting), and how to get the main gallery(very interesting). She is the kind of person who makes your visit just a little bit out of the ordinary.

This gallery is a real gem. Most of the work is for sale, so the gallery is supporting local artists. You need to take your time and look around. Like most galleries, it repays the effort.

You need to start by having a cup of coffee in the Bad Habits café. There you will see the Angela Anderson acrylics which reminded me of the aerial spectacular photographs of the rivers and lakes of outback Australia.

From there, walk down the corridor to see the Ross McIntosh watercolours. Some are a little bit clichéd, paintings of large gum trees. No photographer or artist can resist this, but they have been done before. But, the rest of the work is pretty good, moody, impressionist landscapes.

Upstairs, there are acrylics on fabric by Barbara Hauser. The paintings are photorealistic portraits of famous people, Blondie, Sher and Elvis etc. They are in-your-face. Nothing subtle here but stunning.

It pays to take time to look around. If you do, you will discover a little room with some John Olsen sketches in it. They are intimate pictures, unlike his larger works.

There are two impressive nudes by Keming Shen, one of which is his take on the Odalisque theme.

There is also a painting by Liadaan entitled Daylesford Fog which is reminiscent of the work Clarice Beckett who has come to be seen as a visionary of Australian modernism. Pretty good.

Take time to look down and see the eyes that are watching you from some of the floorboards. Nice work by Photographer Tim Haslett
Written 26 June 2022
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Thank you for your 5 star review Tim. Much appreciated. You are absolutely right... it pays to look... really look... at all the art. We support almost a hundred artists each year - changing the art in each room every 8 weeks. We try to have art of different styles and mediums, so that there is something for everyone to enjoy... and potentially buy! SO glad you enjoyed the art galleries. Hope to see you again.
Written 26 August 2022
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