Chateau Wyuna is a long established wedding reception and function centre located at the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges, in Melbourne’s outer eastern suburbs. We have a proven reputation for great quality food and service. We have a beautiful natural garden, of over 6 acres and we take pride in making peoples’ special events truly special!!
Chateau Wyuna began as the dream home of Australian artist Clarence Earle. The original buildings were constructed in the early 1900s, inside a loop of the Olinda Creek, in bell bird country, over a period of nine years.
The fireplaces and chimney came first with an excellent stonemason positioning the individually selected stones to Earle’s design. From here the main building was built by Earle, helped by Pat and Jim Clancy (who worked on and off with him for six years).
Timber was felled, barked and carted three miles to the site by a six horse team, and allowed to season for five years before being used. The largest logs are 60 feet long. Except where they were broad-axe dressed to sit squarely together, the logs were left untouched.
All square timbers such as interior doors were dressed with the adze giving a textured smooth finish. Most of the furniture, made of stringybark, is built-in.
The only non-local part of the house is the marble bath which was fed with water from the creek through a copper faucet. This modern convenience was added at the request of Dame Nellie Melba’s, a close friend of Earle’s, and a regular visitor.
With this fascinating background, the Log Cabin was opened to the public as a restaurant called ‘Chateau Wyuna’ soon after WWII. Burt Lancaster (the actor) was a notable visitor when in Melbourne. The name ‘Wyuna’ comes from the local aboriginal word, meaning ‘on running waters’. Since WWII, the original buildings have been combined to make the site as it is today – interesting, unique, character-filled and an old world charm, making it a reception centre like no other. The Log Cabin is now used as a bridal retreat with ensuite and office attached.
In 1985 , a charming addition to Chateau Wyuna was the beautiful weatherboard church from Montrose. Originally built in 1909, the old Church of Christ became too small to hold all of it’s attendees, and was transported to its present site. Both the original log cabin and chapel are heritage listed.
The team at Chateau Wyuna is proud of it’s heritage and equally proud of the services it offers for weddings and functions. Every detail is discussed with our clients to ensure your special occasion is exactly the way you want it and one to be remembered by all who attend.
The cornerstone of Chateau Wyuna is the people who work here. Everyone in our team fulfills their role to the highest standard and with a genuine passion. Here are some of the people you may meet…
Andrew has owned the business since 2005. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, and a commitment to excellence in hospitality. He has led the subtle changes in the Chateau’s interior décor over recent years, maintaining at all times the traditional feel of the Chateau. Andrew looks after the business side of things. You may meet him in the office.
Becca manages the office and is supported by our wedding co-ordinator Sharla. Both of these ladies are well known for their dedication and passion for the industry, ensuring everthing is just perfect on your special day. Nothing escapes their attention to detail!
Rob is our head chef at the Chateau and is responsible for the high quality and presentation of the food we provide. He is very well supported by Bronwyn and Rachel. You definitely won’t need to ‘grab something’ on the way home after an event at the Chateau!
Shane is the man to thank for our beautiful 6 acres of grounds and ensuring everything in the building works properly. He’s the one who groans at the falling leaves the rest of us admire, and will often be seen with a garden blower in his hand or riding on the mower.
Wendy is our head supervising waitress and winner of our inaugural ‘Staff Member of the Year Award’. She delivers efficient, brilliant service with a smile, leading our floor and bar staff by the example she sets.
Our floor and bar staff are all recruited and trained to provide high quality service in a team environment.