Russian Orthodox Church in Australia has a long history.

  • 1810 First known Orthodox (Russian) permanent resident arrives in Australia. Wife of a British Military officer freshly arrived from the Peninsular War.
  • 1820 April: First Orthodox service in Australia. Held at Kirribilli Point (Sydney) by Fr. Dionisii, a Russian Orthodox caplain.
  • 1926 The first Russian parish established in Australia and New Zealand was St. Nicholas Church (now Cathedral), Brisbane, in 1926.
  • 1948 The first ROCOR bishop of Australia and New Zealand - Bp Theodore (Rafalsky), 1948-55.


Most of Russian Orthodox Church parishes and monasteries in Australia belongs to The Diocese of Australia and New Zealand within the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia (ROCOR). Metropolitan Hilarion is currently the head and sole bishop, there are various deans who are in charge of one or more geographic areas. There are approx. 62 parishes, missions and communities in the diocese, including 17 monasteries and sketes: with 28 parishes and missions across Australia, 26 in Indonesia, 4 in New Zealand, 4 in Pakistan, one parish (along with one monastic skete) in South Korea, and one parish in India.

Parishes outside Australia and New Zealand are not represented on this website.


There are also 2 parishes governed by the Moscow Patriarchate.

Diocesan Bishops

Metropolitan Hillarion
Metropolitan Hillarion

Metropolitan Hillarion (Kapral) of New York and Eastern America, Archbishop of Sydney, Australia and New Zealand. 

Bishop George
Bishop George

Bishop George of Canberra Auxiliary Bishop Australian & New Zealand Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad.



  • Deans
    • ◦Archimandrite Daniel (Bambang Dwi Byantoro), head of the Indonesian Orthodox mission (ROCOR) (26 parishes and missions).
      ◦Mitred Archpriest Michael Protopopov
      ◦Archpriest Nikita Chemodakov, dean of New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory (11 parishes and missions)
      ◦Mitred Archpriest Michael Klebansky, dean of Queensland (5 parishes)
      ◦Archpriest Vladimir Boikov, dean of New Zealand (4 parishes and missions)
       ◦Priest Paul (Kang), head of the Korean Orthodox Mission (1 parish).


Useful links

Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia (ROCOR) -

Directory of Diocese of Australia and New Zealand parishes in Australia and abroad

Directory of all Russian Orthodox parishes in Australia

The Russian Orthodox Presence in Australia:

NameLocationSuburbPostcodeAddressServices in English?
Church of the Holy Annunciation, Woolloongabba Queensland Woolloongabba4102163 Park RoadAll
Our Lady of Vladimir Church, Rocklea Queensland Rocklea, QLD 4106410614 Douglas Street
Toowoomba community Queensland East Toowoomba435026 Arthur StreetAll
St. Seraphim Church, Woolloongabba Queensland Woolloongabba410260 Hawthorne Street
St. Nicholas Cathedral, Brisbane Queensland Kangaroo Point4169344A Vulture Street
St. Nicholas Church, Wayville South AustraliaWayville503442 Greenhill Road
St. Patrick Mission, Kilburn South AustraliaKilburn SA 50845084Way Street (Cnr Brooklyn Tce)All
Parish of St Elizabeth and Barbara South AustraliaHappy Valley5159Cnr of Hay St and Jade CrescentAll
Monastery of the Prophet Elias, Monarto South AustraliaMonarto5254272 Frahns Farm Road
St. Nicholas Church, WallsendNew South Wales or ACTWallsend22873 Irving Street
St. John the Wonderworker of Shanghai and San Francisco Indigenous MissionNew South Wales or ACTGunning258150 Grovenor stAll
St. Vladimir ChurchNew South Wales or ACTCentennial Park202131 Robertson Road
Archangel Michael ChurchNew South Wales or ACTBlacktown21489A Kempsey Street
St. John the Baptist CathedralNew South Wales or ACTNarrabundah26041 Matina StAll
Holy Dormition CommunityNew South Wales or ACTCorrimal251861 Wilford Street
Monastery Convent Our Lady of KazanNew South Wales or ACTKentlyn256032 Smith Street
Church of All Russian SaintsNew South Wales or ACTCroydon213218 Chelmsford Avenue
Monastery - Presentation of the Mother of God ConventNew South Wales or ACTBungarby2630Rennies Road
Sts Cyril and Methodius Parish and Church of St Blessed Xenia of St PetersburgNew South Wales or ACTTweed Heads South24865 Megan Street
St. Nicholas ChurchNew South Wales or ACTFairfield216513 Barbara Street
St. George ChurchNew South Wales or ACTCarlton221815 Garfield Street
Monastery of the Archangel MichaelNew South Wales or ACTMarrickville2204Not listed
St. Panteleimon ChurchNew South Wales or ACTWest Gosford22504/7 Comserv Close
Monastery - St. John the Baptist SketeNew South Wales or ACTKentlyn256010 Harrison Road
Diocesan AdministrationNew South Wales or ACTCroydon213220 Chelmsford Avenue
Monastery of The Holy TransfigurationNew South Wales or ACTBombala2632Richardsons Road
Sts. Peter and Paul Orthodox CathedralNew South Wales or ACTStrathfield21353 Vernon Street
Monastery of The Holy TrinityNew South Wales or ACTDungog2420Monkerai Road Fire Trail
Protection of the Holy Virgin ChurchNew South Wales or ACTCabramatta2166136 John Street
Resurrection of Christ Church, BalmoralNew ZealandAuckland1003447A Dominion RoadSome
Archangel Michael Community, Palmerston NorthNew ZealandPalmerston North441060 Linton Street
St. Nicholas Church, ChristchurchNew ZealandChristchurch8023297 Brougham Street
Christ the Savior Church, WellingtonNew ZealandWellington602262 Darlington Road
Exaltation of the Holy Cross Church, Lenah Valley, TAS TasmaniaLenah Valley70083 Augusta Road
Our Lady's Dormition VictoriaDandenong South31751-3 Morwell Avenue
Holy Fathers Community, AllansfordVictoriaAllansford3277Frank StreetAll
Saint John of Kronstadt ChapelVictoriaDandenong South317524-32 Morwell Avenue
Bendigo Parish - Russian Orthodox ChurchVictoriaIronbark35503 Marong RoadAll
Russian "Holy Trinity" ChurchVictoriaOakleigh31664 Park RoadSome
Holy Virgin Protection CathedralVictoriaBrunswick East30573-7 Albion StreetSome
Holy Ascension Orthodox Christian MissionVictoriaWilliamstown301630-32 Electra StreetAll
Church of Icon of the Joy of All Who SorrowVictoriaBell Park321517 Yaraan Street
Holy Prophet John the Baptist and Forerunner Orthodox Community VictoriaBallarat East3350116 Humffray Street NorthAll
Sts. Peter and Paul Church, Bayswater, WA Western AustraliaBayswater6053161 Whatley Crescent