Vizard House is an inner suburban “home away from home”, providing temporary residential accommodation for family and friends visiting patients at city or inner suburban Melbourne hospitals, at a time of financial need and emotional stress.
Recognising a public need, the Vizard Foundation purchased Vizard House in 1992 and donated use of the facility to provide temporary residential accommodation for more than four thousand people each year.
Since it was established, Vizard House has provided more than 100,000 room nights to people who need to be close to their loved ones whilst they are receiving treatment.
Vizard Foundation House is a pair of historic homes built in 1906 that overlook the beautiful Fitzroy Gardens. In 2015 a significant renovation and refurbishment of Vizard House was completed to ensure a high quality of accommodation for all guests.
The day to day management of Vizard House is the responsibility of the Vizard Foundation.
A resident manager ensures comfortable, caring and supportive accommodation and can provide residents with access to professional help if required.
Residents and potential guests are encouraged to discuss arrangements and any concerns with the resident manager, who can help with access to support services, as well as practical advice on matter such as transport, shopping and negotiating the Melbourne environment. Some helpful links and information can be found in Practical Tips for Residents.
Vizard House is situated at 68 and 70 Clarendon Street, East Melbourne, in two historic terrace houses overlooking the beautiful Fitzroy Gardens. Please see the map below for directions.
Royal Melbourne | Royal Children’s | Peter McCallum Clinic | Mercy Private |St Vincent’s | Alfred | Epworth Richmond | Royal Eye & Ear | Royal Women’s
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The House provides accommodation designed for simple comfort and relaxation. The emphasis is on providing a friendly, caring environment and making visitors feel at home, despite them often being in difficult financial and personal circumstances.
Most of the 15 guest rooms contain two beds. Family rooms and portable beds are also available, and fresh linen is provided. Many rooms contain televisions.
Other facilities include a large communal living room, laundry, outdoor pergola and barbeque area and a fully equipped kitchen for self catering, as meals are not provided.
Guests are provided with complementary metered WiFi internet access for the duration of their stay, and a desktop PC and printer are also available.
Vizard House is a smoke-free house, and no alcohol is allowed on the premises.
Vizard House Gallery
How to get there
Rail, bus and tram services are all within easy walking distance. Practical Tips for Residents includes links to the Metro website to help plan your travel to and around Melbourne.
No parking is provided on the premises, and there is limited street parking only.
Reservations for Vizard House are only available by referral from the doctors, social workers or welfare workers at the hospital the patient is attending. Please telephone (03) 9419 8628 for further information.
68 – 70 Clarendon Street
East Melbourne, Victoria, 3002
Manager: Elaine Fitzgerald