The Convent Daylesford

is steeped in history

The Convent Experience | Our History

Our History spans over 160+ years – Built as a private residence during the Gold Rush Era; was the home to the Presentation Sisters for almost 90 years; the derelict building was purchased and renovated;  now a privately owned gallery & museum for over 30 years.

Two different women from two different eras have been behind this amazing building.

The House on
Wombat Hill

The house on Wombat Hill in Daylesford has had a long and interesting history.
It was built during the gold rush era of the 1860s as a private residence for the gold warden, James Daly.

The Holy Cross Convent

In 1891 Archbishop Carr envisioned a “source of light and edification” for the community of Daylesford, thus announced the imminent arrival of the Presentation Sisters to set up a convent & boarding school.

Renovating The Convent

“My vision was to maintain the integrity of the historic building, making it more than just a place to hang paintings.”  

Tina Banitska

Our Lady –
Tina Banitska

The story of the Convent Gallery in Daylesford has been recounted so many times it’s reached legendary status.

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,
Kids U12: $5,  Kids 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.