Creative Discovery 3

Skipping girlEnjoy the historical and cultural highlights of Abbotsford, Collingwood and Richmond.

From Lonsdale Street in the city, take a 200, 201 or 207 bus to Clarke Street in Abbotsford. Turn left into St Heliers Street to arrive at the Abbotsford Convent. an arts, educational and cultural precinct. Spread over 6.8 hectares it is surrounded by the Collingwood Children’s Farm  and Yarra Bend Park. The Convent is a ‘work in progress’ but is home to artist studios and creative spaces for writers and designers, and there is a theatre, glass studio, radio station, bakery, cafés, bars and restaurants.

Enjoy a coffee and a light lunch before continuing your journey.

From the Abbotsford Convent, enjoy a stroll to Hoddle Street. Turn right into Stanton Street and at number 11 you will find the former Church of Christ Tabernacle, built in 1889. Included on the Victorian Heritage Register, the building now houses the Collingwood Library. Back on Hoddle Street and turning left, St Philip's Church, at number 146, was first opened in 1865. A new church building has recently been constructed and features a collection of stained glass windows at the front. The vicarage next door was built in 1866 in the same style as the original church building.

Continue along Hoddle Street to Victoria Street and turn left. Originally developed during the 19th century as a shopping centre for Abbotsford and North Richmond, Victoria Street today is home to Melbourne’s Vietnamese and South East Asian communities. Take a tram (24, 42 or 109) along Victoria Street to Church Street. Looking left down Cooke Street, just over Church Street, you will see many of the small cottages which were once plentiful around here, as well as the substantial presence of the Carlton and United Brewery, one of the oldest working breweries in Australia. The Visitor Centre is located on the corner of Thompson and Nelson Streets, and brewery tours run from Monday to Friday.

At 651 Victoria Street you will find the Skipping Girl, known as 'Little Audrey'. The original sign was constructed in 1936 above the Skipping Girl Vinegar Factory , and is believed to be the first animated neon sign in Melbourne.

Give your legs a rest and take a tram back along Victoria Street to the Pacific Seafood BBQ House for some fabulous flavours of Asia.

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The Abbotsford Convent

1 St Heliers Street
Abbotsford VIC 3067
Tel: 9415 3600

The Collingwood Children’s Farm

End of St Heliers Street
Abbotsford VIC 3067
Tel: 9417 5806

St Philip's Collingwood

146 Hoddle Street
Abbotsford VIC 3067

Church of Christ Tabernacle/ Collingwood Library

11 Stanton Street
Abbotsford VIC 3067

The Carlton Brewhouse

Thompson Street (cnr Nelson Street)
Abbotsford VIC 3067
Tel: 9420 6800

Pacific Seafood BBQ House

Shop 8, 240 Victoria Street
Richmond 3121 VIC
Tel: 9427 8225

Further Information

Tourism and Marketing Officer
9205 5362

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