Funeral Venues in Melbourne and
Funeral Venues Melbourne and Mornington Peninsula range from traditional, to contemporary. We aim to inspire individuals and families to choose their own style of Service. We find this creates more meaning to the final farewell of their loved one. Not only does this apply to the ceremony itself, it applies to the funeral Venue also.
We are proud to offer families in all suburbs a choice of some of the nicest funeral venues around Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula. We cater to your needs of a more traditional funeral service at a Church, Temple or crematorium Chapel, to a unique Celebration Of Life event at one of the immaculate reception venues we have listed. We trust you will be impressed with the funeral venues that we have to offer families. Our Pensioner funeral discounts are also provided to assist you in your hour of need.
If you or your family have a different location in mind we would welcome the chance to work with you to honour the life of your loved one. This can be a time to think outside the box and break a little from tradition. Maybe a Ceremony in the great outdoors in a park or garden; an R.S.L Club, or sports club; or perhaps something even more personal such as a service at your family home? Your home or garden can be a comforting setting to farewell a loved one in a special way. Whatever your needs are we are happy to oblige.
Crane Funerals offers you the flexibility to have a ceremony virtually anywhere you wish. With practically limitless options for venues in Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula, some have used the term “destination funerals” to describe these more contemporary celebrations. For those who enjoyed special Venues in life, utilising similar Venues for their funeral service can be a fitting send off.
We have unique descriptions of the Chapel and funeral Venues we are proud to offer for Funeral Services or Celebration of Life Ceremonies. Simply click on the associated Venues listed below for a full description. We help you find a fitting Venue, and arrange the time and resources to make it a Ceremony to remember.
If you’d like any further information concerning these venues, or you wish to discuss any other matters funeral related or otherwise, please don’t hesitate to send us a message, or if urgent, call us on (03) 5977 7198 or 04477CRANE.
Cemetery / Traditional Chapels:
Altona Memorial Park
Altona Memorial Park Chapel – 2-14 Doherty’s Road, Altona North
Altona Memorial Park Chapel in Melbourne’s Western Suburbs, offers a chapel for funerals within the floral lawn cemetery and extensive memorial gardens.
The well appointed Chapel of Repose seats 80 people with standing room also available. With catering and function areas both within the cemetery and also in the immediate vicinity, Altona Memorial Park features two modern chapels for the hosting of funeral and memorial services.
Following a funeral service or following a burial service, families can choose to relax and reminisce with family and friends over a cup of tea and light refreshments in the adjacent room to the chapels entrance foyer This area can hold up to 150 peodple for wakes or sympathy teas.
Altona Memorial Park offers a good Burial or Cremation Service option for families in Melbourne’s West.
To discuss your options of a Funeral Service at Altona Memorial Park, give us a call on (03) 5977 7198, or 0447 727 263.
Bunurong Memorial Park
Bunurong Memorial Park – Cremation And Burial Services
790 Frankston-Dandenong Road, Dandenong South
Welcome to the beautiful funeral venue of Bunurong Memorial Park. Choose between 4 special and modern Reflection Spaces. Bunurong Memorial Park Funerals allow for a Service in either the Cirrus, Cumulus, Stratus, or Sanctuary Reflection Space. Celebrate a loved one’s life in a comfortable, and most of all peaceful, setting. Bunurong Memorial Park can accommodate a variety of Community events. From either funerals and memorial services, to school concerts or weddings. Furthermore, beautiful, highly landscaped gardens surround all of the Reflection Spaces. Therefore, Bunurong has created a “country” atmosphere, in Dandenong South.
Cloud formations inspired the names of the 3 main Reflection Spaces. Furthermore, quiet reflective pools, and native gardens surround each Chapel. Seat 230 guests in the Stratus, and 120 in the Cumulus. These rooms can be combined, consequently seating 350 people, with extra standing room for an even larger crowd. The Cirrus Reflection Space seats 90 for a more intimate space, yet still has floor to ceiling windows, and water features. In addition, all of the Reflection Spaces feature state of the art audio visual equipment. The Sanctuary Reflection Space offers uninterrupted water views. It is partially built over the edge of Lake Australis. The glass wall provides a close connection to the outside environment while the Service is being conducted inside. The Sanctuary seats 80 guests. It’s a fully equiped Space in it’s own right.
Bunurong Memorial Park, Reflection Spaces
The Reflection Spaces are stunning, and the 5 function lounges available for on site catering, are equally so. Each Function Room comfortably seats 40 guests, or 60 standing guests. We can seamlessly combine rooms to cater for larger gatherings. Cafe Vita et flores oversees in-house catering. The Cafe is a unique cafe/florist concept. The Cafe is open 7 days a week and offers delicious coffee as well as fresh flowers. A selection of multi cultural menus cater to a range of tastes. The Beckett, McCubbin, Streeton, Noland or Storrier Rooms all provide quality catering and excellent, attentive staff for your funeral function.
The distinctive native landscape/theme is obvious when you enter Bunurong Memorial Park, and the new Southern Aurora Centre. The Cemetery has a number of soothing water features, therefore you can enjoy the natural surroundings at any time. In addition, you can have a Greek Orthodox service in the Resurrection of Saint Lazarus Greek Orthodox Church, located near the banks of Lake Australis, behind the main Reflection Spaces.
Bunurong Memorial Park Funerals – Reflection Spaces available:
Fawkner Memorial Park
Fawkner Memorial Park Funerals – 1187 Sydney Road, Fawkner
Families have been coming to Fawkner Memorial Park funerals, for over 100 years. The first burial took place at this cemetery way back in 1906. Since those days it’s grown in leaps and bounds. There are a vast array of memorial options – both for the interment of cremated remains, and also for traditional burial.
Fawkner Memorial Park has three Chapels which are all non denominational. Many people choose to hold a Cremation, Burial, or Memorial service here. Use these Chapels no matter what you religion or culture. Farewell a loved one with family and friends. The Crick Chapel seats 70 guests, the Cordell Chapel seats 140, while the Joyce Chapel seats 140. Fawkner’s lovely, native vegetation, surrounds all 3 chapels. Inside the Chapels modern layouts provide much needed peace, while offering the benefits of modern technology. All 3 chapels at Fawkner Memorial Park have plasma screens to play DVD memorials. The screens can also focus on who is speaking at the lectern.
There is another chapel in the Holy Angels Mausoleum in the cemetery, which is also beautiful. As such, the Chapel of the Archangel Gabriel is a good option if burial is to take place in the Mausoleum. It is also good if the family wants something a little different, or more private. The Mausoleum itself certainly has an aura of class, with walkways, staircases, and charming stained glass windows.
Tea rooms are available both in the main cemetery grounds, and also across the road in the Northern Memorial Park. Therefore, you have choices when it comes to relaxing with family and friends after the funeral. The Chapels in Fawkner Memorial Park funerals are fitting, traditional funeral venues in the Northern suburbs.
Lilydale Memorial Park
Lilydale Memorial Park – 126-128 Victoria Road, Lilydale
Set amongst picturesque Lilydale Memorial Park cemetery grounds and including amazing artworks and landscaped gardens, the Federation Chapel seats 120+ people with ample standing room also available. Following a funeral service in the modern and well appointed Chapel, the Candlebark function room features a warm and comfortable gathering space to continue reminiscing. Sympathy Teas can take place in three different settings. Refreshments are freshly baked in the commercial kitchen, and ingredients are sourced from local suppliers to benefit the local economy. To organise a Funeral Service in the Federation Chapel, contact us on (03) 5977 7198, or 0447 727 263. Federation Chapel, Lilydale Memorial Park
Springvale Botanical Cemetery
Springvale Botanical Cemetery – 600 Princes Hwy, Springvale
Springvale Botanical Cemetery’s beautifully manicured gardens and water features provide a stunning setting for chapels and function rooms alike. Whether you choose the main Chapel Complex comprising:
The Boyd (seats 200),
Renowden (seats 100),
Blair, and Wilson Chapels (both seat 60)
The Chapel of Eternal Rest within the Rocco Surace Mausoleum
– you will find a comfortable setting with modern audiovisual equipment.
The new Clarence Reardon Centre serves client families with seven stylish and carefully designed function rooms. International Fusion, Seasonal Mediterranean, and Flavours of Asia menus offer variety and flavour with fresh ingredients. Springvale Botanical Cemetery encourage and welcomes the public to enjoy its beauty and serenity at any time.
To arrange a Funeral at Springvale Botanical Cemetery, call us on (03) 5977 7198, or 0447 727 263.
More Modern / Unique Venues:
Ballara Receptions - Eltham
Ballara Receptions – 1435 Main Road, Eltham
The magnificent Gothic style chapel with leadlight windows is the perfect setting for a funeral service. The chapel features an exquisite stained glass altar, rich burnished cathedral ceilings, and authentic timber pews. Set on 3 acres of secluded gardens Ballara combines the best of old world ambience with contemporary service and catering. The Chapel has seating for 100+ guests, with standing room for another 60 to 70. Upon hiring this venue you will have exclusive use from when your guests arrive until the end of the function.
After the funeral service, refreshments can be held in the adjacent room to the chapel where guests will be served with a range of menus.
Ample off street parking and expansive undercover verandah areas allow you to get some fresh air even on a rainy day. This is one venue that has to be seen to be believed. To discuss your options of a Celebration of Life Ceremony at Ballara Receptions, give us a call on (03)5977 7198 or 0447727263.
Bram Leigh Receptions of Croydon - Croydon
Bram Leigh Receptions of Croydon – 383 Mt.Dandenong Road, Croydon
Set amongst spectacular lush gardens, Bram Leigh’s chapel has charming wooden pews, striking red carpet, floral arrangements, and a modern sound system – all wrapped up in a very memorable location for a personalised Service. There are many funeral service venues in Melbourne, however this stunning venue is the perfect setting to hold your loved one’s funeral service. There is also a gazebo in the tranquil gardens that provides a location for an outside Celebration Of Life amidst sunlight and Nature. For more information about a Service at Bram Leigh Receptions, call us on (03)5977 7198 or 0447727263
Butleigh Wootton - Kew
Butleigh Wootton – 867 Glenferrie Road, Kew
Butleigh Wootton is one of the many chapels for funerals in Melbourne. A striking Mansion combining vintage elegance with contemporary flair. This Venue seems purpose built to hold an exceptional, meaningful Celebration of Life event. With a capacity for 120 people, this beautiful Mansion and Estate in Glenferrie Road Kew, might be just what you have in mind for a Funeral Service with a difference. Modern Australian and Internationally inspired options make the menu at Butleigh Wootton as impressive as the location itself. The freshest ingredients go into the hot and cold canapés, or sit down meal options which are available following the Ceremony. To discuss your options of a Ceremony at Butleigh Wootton, contact us on (03)5977 7198 or 0447727263.
Chateau Wyuna - Mount Evelyn
Chateau Wyuna – 170 Swansea Road, Mount Evelyn
Chateau Wyuna is a charming, white weatherboard, heritage listed chapel nestled in the foothills of the majestic Dandenong Ranges. Transported from country New South Wales in 1985, the Chapel building itself at Chateu Wyuna is over 100 years old. It features an original stained glass window, as well as the original church bells. There is traditional pew seating for 80 guests inside the Chapel. Moving to the garden and we can arrange a service at the Waterfall. Set amongst tall leafy trees, all the while with water gurgling in the background. a which will provide you an opportunity to continue reminiscing. To discuss a Service at Chateau Wyuna, call us on (03)5977 7198 or 0447727263.
Inglewood Chapel - Kangaroo Ground
Inglewood Chapel – 130 Eltham Yarra Glen Road, Kangaroo Ground
If your family would like to hold a funeral service in a peaceful, serene setting, then consider Inglewood Chapel at Kangaroo Ground. With seating for 110 guests, Inglewood Chapel creates a roomy yet charming atmosphere. Hand built using local stone, this non denominational chapel has a quality sound system and features antique pews and stained glass windows. If additional guests arrive then there is ample standing room to cater to the extra numbers. The Chapel gardens are also a fine place for a Celebration Of Life Ceremony. A lovely lake with jetty, replica Colonial buildings, windmill, and antiquated horse drawn carts create a special garden event.
You also have the option of enjoying refreshments with your guests in the Reception Centre after the service. To arrange a Celebration of Life at the lovely Inglewood Chapel, call us on (03)5977 7198 or 0447727263.to see their website
Mission to Seafarers - Docklands
Mission to Seafarers – 717 Flinders Street, Docklands
As an island nation Australia relies on seafarers. The work of the Mission to Seafarers is a way of acknowledging their work and hardships, with social and financial support. This magnificent Victorian Heritage listed building is home to The Saint Peter The Mariner Chapel, perfect for funeral services. Magnificent stained glass windows feature nautical and Biblical themes.
The Chapel is available 7 days a week for a boutique Celebration Of Life Service. With seating for 80 guests, and court yard rear access to the Yarra River, this venue is particularly fitting for any “Old Sea Dog” in your life – or perhaps a younger person who also loved the sea or sailing. Refreshments can be arranged in the Cecilia Little Room, or in the courtyard when weather permits. To arrange a Funeral Ceremony at Mission to Seafarers, call us on (03)5977 7198 or 0447727263.
Monash University Religious Centre - Clayton
Monash University Religious Centre on Wellington Road, Clayton
This venue is excellent for large Funerals – particularly when your loved one had some type of connection with the University. The Chapel is a multi faith centre with a circular design and beautiful stained glass windows. The main chapel seats around 450 people, with a smaller chapel available also which seats around 40. Catering is also available on University grounds if required. To organise a Service at the Monash University Religious Centre, contact us on (03)5977 7198 or 0447727263. See their website.
Montsalvat - Eltham
Funeral Venue in Eltham – Montsalvat – 7 Hill Crest Avenue, Eltham
The elegant artist’s community of Montsalvat is situated in a stunning bush setting in leafy Eltham. Pay tribute to the passing of a loved one in the quaint, intimate Bluestone Chapel, or the rustic yet inviting Upper Gallery. The welcoming and warm surrounds of the Great Hall or Long Gallery can be used for a wake with catering options for 80 to 200 guests. Menu choices include morning/afternoon tea or canapés, which are prepared on site. The sounds of birdlife abound at Montsalvat, as do quiet, peaceful places to gather your thoughts amid the unique grounds and buildings. For a Celebration of Life venue in the Eltham area, Montsalvat may be exactly what you are looking for. To arrange a Funeral Ceremony at Montsalvat, contact us on (03)5977 7198 or 0447727263
Norwood House - Mt. Eliza
Norwood House Mt. Eliza – 1198 Nepean Highway, Mt. Eliza
The imposing Corinthian columns on the facade give way to a warm and glamorous venue. Located on the prestigious Mornington Peninsula, Norwood House Mt. Eliza boasts beautiful gardens and lawns throughout it’s 2 acre site. Tranquility abounds with gazebos, ponds, and even a waterfall trickling over rocks. An elegant reception room provides the perfect ending to a service with distinction. For a fitting tribute to a loved one on the Mornington Peninsula, call us on (03)5977 7198 or 0447727263 to discuss a Ceremony at Norwood House.
Olinda Teahouse - Olinda
Olinda Tea House – 86A Olinda-Monbulk Road, Olinda
Don’t let the name fool you! The Olinda Tea House is a truly spectacular service venue nestled in the heart of the Dandenong Ranges. The venue accommodates smaller groups of 40, up to 120 guests. Featuring floor to ceiling windows & doors, your reception guests will look out over lush green gardens and a genuine bushland backdrop. The bi-fold doors open up creating a seamless flow from the immaculate interior through to the external deck. To discuss a Service at this beautiful location, contact us on (03)5977 7198 or 0447727263
Overnewton Castle - Keilor
Overnewton Castle – 51 Overnewton Road, Keilor
Built in 1849, Overnewton Castle offers a peaceful and enchanting venue set amongst 4 acres of manicured gardens. This Victorian Tudor style Castle has a chapel and heritage rooms, which can cater for a smaller Ceremony for 20, up to a large gathering of 200 guests. Operating for over 52 years as a Reception Venue, Overnewton provides a memorable setting to farewell your loved one. A variety of catering packages – morning teas, lunches and afternoon teas – can be adapted to suit diverse cultural and dietary needs. The Castle is the perfect location to take some time to reflect in the grandeur and tranquility of a bygone era. To organise a service at Overnewton Castle, give us a call on (03)5977 7198 or 0447727263.
Police Academy Chapel - Glen Waverley
Police Academy Chapel – 1 View Mount Road, Glen Waverley
The Corpus Christi Chapel at the Victoria Police Academy in Glen Waverley is an interfaith Chapel with the potential to seat up to 500 guests. The main chapel features stunning stained glass windows with religious themes. The smaller Chapel of Remembrance to the right of the nave features memorial plaques and an eternal flame which burns in remembrance of police officers who have died on duty. Even if your loved one wasn’t connected to the Police Force, this magnificent venue can still be utilised be the general public. For a Service at the Victoria Police Academy Chapel, call us on (03)5977 7198 or 0447727263.
Red Scooter - Balaclava
Red Scooter – 25A William Street, Balaclava
Red Scooter is a unique celebration venue has four flexible function spaces. The grand Hamilton Room (seating for 300 guests), The Madisson Room (seating for 160), The Parisian style Dakota Room (seating for 100), and The Ethan Room for smaller gatherings. With free on and off street parking and lovely catering available to follow your Celebration Service, this venue is sure to impress. To arrange a Celebration of Life at Red Scooter, contact us on (03)5977 7198 or 0447727263.
St Cuthberts Chapel - Menzies Creek
St Cuthberts Chapel – 196 Belgrave-Gembrook Road, Menzies Creek
St Cuthberts Chapel is a chapel where all Celebrants and Ministers are welcome to lead a service here. With seating for up to 70 guests, and modern audio visual equipment, you won’t believe that so much could be contained within the walls of this intimate, heartwarming Chapel located in the Dandenongs. National Trust listed and lovingly restored, St Cuthberts is a lovely choice for a memorable Ceremony. Visit their website
Stones of the Yarra Valley - Coldstream
Stones of the Yarra Valley – 14 St Huberts Road, Coldstream
The Chapel at Stones of the Yarra is adorned with beautiful stained glass windows offering breathtaking views across the vineyard to the Great Dividing Range. Hand crafted timber pews make for a rustic yet contemporary setting for a Celebration with a difference. Rural yet elegant, everything from intimate gatherings to large functions can be catered for here. Moving to the “Barn” for a function is a treat for the senses with a delicious menu and wine list. Listening quietly to some favourite music while reminiscing with guests will complete the experience. The barn can seat 180 guests, while the smaller Stables will seat 60. The team works hard to provide a function of your dreams all within your set budget. To discuss the option of a Service at Stones of the Yarra Valley, call us on (03)5977 7198 or 0447727263.
Templestowe Cemetery - Templestowe
Templestowe Cemetery – 263 Foote Street, Templestowe
Established in 1858, Templestowe Cemetery provides a place of rest that is well known for its natural beauty and peaceful atmosphere. Located around 20 kilometers East of the City, the cemetery is set amongst 10 acres of beautiful gardens and lawns and features lovely mountain views. The Cemetery has a lovely funeral chapel which seats around 70 people; as well as function facilities. To organise a Funeral Service, contact us on (03)5977 7198 or 0447727263. Visit their website
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