Built on a hill to be close to heaven.

And it still is…

The Convent Daylesford

The Convent Daylesford has been described as “the most beautiful gallery in Australia”.
However, this multi-award winning tourist destination is so much more than that.

The Convent is Daylesford’s most iconic building.  Nestled on the crest of Wombat Hill, over-looking Daylesford, this 19th century old building was a convent and boarding school for almost 90 years.  Now, under one magnificently restored roof you will discover a rich and beautiful tapestry of experiences.  Over four levels, there are seven gallery spaces, a museum, chapel, gift shop, café, bar and function rooms, all incorporating art, history and culture.  Surrounded by fragrant and beautifully groomed gardens and panoramic views of Victoria’s picturesque central highlands, a visit to the Convent, Daylesford is truly a divine experience.

Admission fees:  

Adult: $10
Concession: $8  
Child U12: $5 
Child U5: free

The experience includes entry into the historic convent housing art galleries, a museum & chapel.
The proceeds go towards the maintenance of the beautiful garden surroundings and the care needed to preserve this precious privately owned 19th century building. 

Current Opening Hours:
Thursday to Monday,  10am to 4pm

Art Gallery

Described as ‘the most beautiful gallery in Australia’, the Convent Gallery presents local, national and international artists working in a variety of media and styles.

Bad Habits Cafe

In an atmosphere enhanced by the high atrium ceiling, art-filled walls and pleasant aromas you can enjoy a delicious lunch, our famous scones, great coffee or a Convent cocktail.

Destination Weddings

Daylesford, only 75 minutes from the Melbourne CBD,  is the perfect destination for a wedding.   The Convent is Daylesford’s most iconic building, sitting high on Wombat Hill, it is hard to miss.  Featured in the top 10 Wedding Venues in Australia,  The Convent Daylesford has everything in the one location to make your dream wedding come true.  


Set against the stunning backdrop of our award winning gallery and surrounded by six acres of spectacular gardens, The Convent Functions Centre has a charm that is hard to match.


With its decadent retail areas, Mediterranean restaurant, relaxing Altar bar and lounge, restored chapel, nuns museum, penthouse apartment and two stunning glass fronted function spaces, all surrounded by six acres of stunning gardens, our multi-award winning gallery offers endless possibilities for a unique and satisfying experience.


The origins of this splendid building date back to the Gold Rush era of the 1860s when it was built as a private residence. Find out more about this amazing building and it’s incredible history.


Nestled on the crest of Wombat Hill Botanical Gardens, over-looking Daylesford, The Convent boasts three inspiring accommodation options, The Penthouse, Love and Madness, and Monastiraki House.

Phone +613 5348 3211


7 Daly Street Daylesford 3460
Victoria Australia

Thursday to Monday 10am-4pm
(Closed Tuesday & Wednesday)

Gallery admission:
Adult: $10, Concession: $8,  U12: $5 and U5: free.


The Convent acknowledges the traditional owners, the Dja Dja Wurrung people, on whose land we meet, share & work.
We pay our respects to their Elders past, present & emerging.