Located in Eltham (North-Eastern suburb), just 35 minutes from Melbourne’s CBD, Montsalvat is a picturesque collection of mud brick buildings, galleries and artist studios nestled amongst 5 hectares of gardens boasting a medieval old-world feel.
Founded by the artist, architect and philosopher Justus Jörgensen and his friends in 1935, Montsalvat is Australia’s oldest artists’ colony and home to practising artists. It remains to this day a working not-for-profit arts centre regularly programming art exhibitions, workshops, markets, and musical performances.
Set in 12 acres of established gardens, the historic buildings include charming mud brick cottages and the impressive Great Hall, built in local stone with great carved limestone windows which hark back to the French Gothic that had so inspired Jörgensen. The Great Hall is built much in the style of a medieval French provincial hall and is now one of Melbourne’s iconic heritage buildings.
Against a natural backdrop of gardens, lakes and the occasional peacock or two, Montsalvat is a relaxing and inviting location to spend an afternoon, indulge in a delicious meal or enjoy a musical performance.
Please note, Melbourne Recital Centre tickets selected events that take place at this venue. For all venue enquiries, please contact the venue directly.
How To Get Here
7 Hillcrest Ave. Eltham Victoria 3095
Melways Map: 22 A8
Phone: (03) 9439 7712
Fax: (03) 9431 4177
The nearest train station is Eltham on the Hurstbridge line. From Eltham Train station you can take a taxi to Montsalvat (5-10 minutes) or catch Bus 582 (comes every 20 minutes) and get off at corner of Mt Pleasant Road & Rockliffe Street, Eltham. Montsalvat is then a 5 minute walk away.
Montsalvat is situated 25 kms from Melbourne’s CBD and takes approximately 35 minutes to drive.
Limited free parking is available on the grounds of Montsalvat. Enter via Hillcrest Avenue. Access parking facilities are also available.
The Meeting Pool is the perfect place to enjoy a meal.
On a sunny day you can sit in the courtyard, sip a cool drink or a latte while the peacocks and native birds sing, strut and dance but beware of the kookaburra who delights in snatching the odd titbit.
The Meeting Pool restaurant is fully licensed. There is an extensive, well priced wine lists featuring many wines from the region. Some of our produce is grown in our own extensive gardens with the herbs freshly plucked to garnish or flavour dishes. With our friendly service and calming surrounds the Meeting Pool is a great addition to the Eltham dining scene.
Bookings are essential. Phone (03) 9431 2681.
Tuesday & Wednesday: 10:00am – 3pm*
Thursday & Friday: 10:00am – 3:00pm*, 6:00pm onwards
Saturday: 9:00am – 3:00pm, 6:00pm onwards
Sunday: 9:00am – 3:00pm
*Kitchen opens at 11am on weekdays