Sight Seen : Australian Delights - Abbotsford Convent

Melbourne - Abbotsford Convent

The nuns are long gone at this former convent, which dates to 1861, but today its rambling collection of ecclesiastic architecture is home to a thriving arts community of galleries, studios, eateries (including the Convent Bakery and vegetarian Lentil as Anything) and a bar, spread over nearly 7 hectares of riverside land. Tours of the complex run at 2pm Sunday.

There's a Slow Food Market every fourth Saturday, a clothes market every third Sunday, and during summer there's the popular Supper Market on Friday night, featuring food stalls and live music.