The name ‘Merrimu’ comes from the original colonial homestead built on this site in 1882. It is a local Koori word that appropriately means, ‘meeting place’. Keeping with this traditional energy of the homestead, Merrimu has been passionately family run as an events venue, since 1955. Hosting well over 5000 weddings, engagement parties, school formals, corporate functions, trade shows and more, in the 60+ years since we opened our doors.
What sets us apart from other venue sites is our diversity with regard to our offering: for the past decade alone we’ve catered for weddings from various cultures, tailoring and preparing the venue to suit and respect the traditions of all religious and cultural backgrounds.
With our picturesque venue, ballroom and dancefloor, an event at Merrimu is one that will be remembered forever. What’s more, it’s a photographer’s dream-environment, which means that your wedding images will be as unique and special as your special day – or night.
The original homestead was converted to a reception venue in 1955, now known as the Merrimu Room. Following a successful 12 years of trading, what is now known as the Grand Ballroom was constructed onto what was the sprawling grounds and circular driveway of the original home.
The Merrimu Room, still complete with many of the original Victorian-era features, seats up to 140 guests, while the Grand Ballroom can seat up to 400 guests.
Centrally located at 1300 Dandenong Road, Murrumbeena (opposite the popular Chadstone Shopping Centre), Merrimu is convenient to main roads, easy to find and has ample off-street parking.
Featured inside the spacious rooms, rich wool carpets, ornate ceilings, opulent drapes, gilded mirrors and grand staircases help create an ambience of glamour and grandeur.
The elegance of Merrimu can only be fully appreciated after a personal inspection. Our professional event coordinators will assist with preparations for your event and guide you through the benefits of choosing Merrimu as your preferred venue.
We are open for tours seven days a week by appointment. In addition, we believe in personal, one-on-one communication between the owner, Peter, and you, the client. This type of open communication helps procure a streamlined event-planning operation, which will make your wedding day or function go off without a hitch!
Call us on 9568 1811 or complete our Contact Form to begin planning your special occasion.