Altar your Bad Habits at Daylesford Convent Gallery
Looking for something a little different to do when the weather is cold and rainy? Feel like a drive out of Melbourne to blow the cobwebs away? Want to spend a day exploring somewhere unique that will appeal to everyone? Then it's time you checked out the Daylesford Convent Gallery.
Daylesford Convent Gallery
Daylesford Convent Gallery is located high up on Wombat Hill, and is definitely worth dropping in the next time you're in Daylesford.
High on the Hill
The Convent was originally built as a private residence for the Gold Commissioner, during the Gold Rush in the 1860s. It was named Blamey Castle. During the 1880s it was purchased by the Catholic Church and by the 1890s had been converted into a residence for the Holy Cross Convent and a boarding school for girls.
By the 1970s the house had fallen into disrepair. The boarding school had closed, and more suitable accommodation had been sought for the nuns. It was bought by artist Tina Banitska in 1988. Tina had a vision to transform it into a community place that could be enjoyed by all.
Original Chapel Still Beautiful
Fast forward 25 years and Tina's original expectations have been surpassed as the Convent now encompasses gallery spaces, a Mediterranean cafe restaurant, a penthouse accommodation suite, function rooms, a hip and contemporary lounge bar, a gift shop, a museum, a restored chapel, and picturesque gardens with scenic vistas over Daylesford and Hepburn Springs.
My favourite thing about the convent is exploring with my camera in tow. The interior is sprawled across three levels and bursting with history. There are works of art in every nook. It's worth allocating a few hours simply to explore. With its meandering halls, hidden stairways and pitched balconies; hidden treasures are everwhere.
Hidden Gems in every Nook
Imagine what life was like for the nuns when you enter the original upstairs living quarters. Explore historic treasures in the basement museum.
Don't miss the opportunity to enjoy a leisurely stroll in the gorgeous gardens. The winding pathways hide a myriad of sculptures and quiet corners to sit and contemplate life.
Grab a bite at the Bad Habits cafe, open from 10am to 11.30am for breakfast or from 12 to 3pm for lunch. Fresh scones are also available for morning and afternoon tea from 10am to 4pm.
Convent Cafe Comfort
Your hunger satisfied, why not seek out a unique present from the gift store. There is huge variety of crafts, jewellery, home wares and everything in between.
One of the latest editions to the Convent Gallery is the chic and trendy Altar bar. Decorated with fixtures made from wood and metal, including remnants from the original convent chapel, It's a great place to relax and enjoy a cocktail or a yummy cake; perfect for a girly get together or romantic interlude.
Hi Bryony, it is gorgeous isn't it. They have artwork decorating the whole building which makes it look relly cool, but they also use lovely vibrant decor and of course the open fire makes it so cosy. :)