Red Hill Estate
Red Hill Estate

Twenty Years of Success

The Convent Gallery is an iconic Daylesford location, and its owner, Tina Banitska, is delighted to announce twenty years of success under her care.

With an unending passion for arts, food, and wine, in the late 1970s Banitska spied the tower of the Holy Cross Convent upon entering the town and declared that one day it would be the site of one of Australia’s most iconic galleries and eateries.

A decade later, with minimal finances but a powerful sense of destiny being fulfilled, she undertook a vast loan to purchase the empty, decrepit building. To fund two years of renovations, Banitska sold many of her treasured possessions to pay the tradespeople working at the site. Further solidifying the notion of destiny being fulfilled, the Convent Gallery opened in 1991; the very same day the banks vowed to foreclose the project.

Now, after twenty years, the gallery has doubled in size and welcomes an impressive 200,000 visitors through its doors each year. Greeted by art-filled rooms, a wine bar, café, museum, and gardens it is no wonder the Convent Gallery continues to attract large crowds. Also on-site are two luxurious guest quarters and event spaces which host weddings and functions for those who want to truly immerse themselves in the Convent Gallery splendour.