Are you looking for an event venue in Melbourne that offers

flexibility &tailor-made packages?

Set in the beautifully maintained gardens a short drive from Melbourne CBD,
Holy Cross Conference and Retreat Centre offers you a retreat from a noisy and busy world.

The Passionist community, who make Holy Cross their home, warmly invites you to experience the tranquillity of the environment that has been host to many groups and individuals over the years.

The facilities are suitable for many different uses ranging from

  • Teachers in Service

  • Educational Seminars

  • Spiritual Retreats

  • Conferences

  • Team-Building/ Group Training

  • Sacramental Preparation Days

  • Christmas Dinners

  • Funeral and Wakes

  • Weddings.

A centre with a difference

Meeting Spaces

The centre offers you a variety of meeting options with its versatile conference and board rooms that look out into the fields, picturesque meeting spaces and modern, multipurpose, tranquil chapels. They can be customised in multiple ways to suit your individual needs.


The Centre is and centrally heated  can accommodate up to 80 guests. The majority of the rooms are twin share, however there are some double beds and ensuites. There is access for people with disability, also a disabled bathroom with a double bed directly opposite

Menus & Dining

The bright and pleasant dining room is a historic part of the centre. It comfortably seats up to 100 people and caters for 150. Our chefs cook from the heart. They prepare delicious and exotic meals of a variety of cuisines and cater for special dietary needs upon request.


I would like to take this opportunity to express my thanks for helping to make our Passion Play gathering last Saturday such a perfect event.
Everyone was pleasantly surprised when they saw the beautiful table layout. The attention to detail was totally unexpected and it helped to make our Passion Play lunch that much more special.
All the feedback I received from our 50 guests was very positive. 
The staff were so attentive and so willing to assist in every way and they were so well presented. The Holy Cross dining room and facilities provide the perfect venue for any group’s social event.
Gino Gammaldi, Manager (Annual Melbourne Passion Play)

Our Year 11 Christian Leadership retreat was warmly welcomed and accommodated at Holy Cross. Flexibility in the use of spaces to meet our needs, including the large and small Chapel, and technical facilities to support presentations and small groups. We were incredibly well-fed, and our students enjoyed the meals. We were warm at night (middle of winter) and the whole place had a great community feel.

Julia Wake, Director of Faith and Mission P-12, MARYMEDE CATHOLIC COLLEGE

We want to thank you for your hospitality. We had a most wonderful day at Holy Cross and the students once again can not stop talking about their wonderful day spent there. Especially their chance to enjoy your outdoor space in the sun!”

Sarah Spiteri

We were very fortunate to have Holy Cross Centre as our venue for Shalom English Retreat 2019. We believe this is one of the best places in Melbourne to have a retreat with all the serenity and comfort you could experience. You will find everything you will need at this venue if you are looking for a place to spend time with the Lord – inside the beautiful Chapel or calm and peaceful scenic outdoors.

Jerry Vivera, National Coordinator, Shalom World Australia.

Small is Beautiful is a group made of Religious from smaller congregations who gather yearly at Holy Cross to network, pray and share experiences. As in the past, our 2019 gathering was able to be accommodated through the good work and extraordinary efforts of the whole team at Holy Cross. Their hospitality helped us facilitate the day without stress. The resources (Audio Visual) and gathering spaces always make these days special. Our group always enjoys returning to Holy Cross as they know they won’t be disappointed with the facility.

Sr Lorraine Testa, Small is Beautiful

We hosted our Staff Retreat day at Holy Cross and the venue was ideal. The room we were given was the perfect size, with a beautiful outlook, and had everything we needed. Their hospitality was warm and the lunch tasty! We also appreciated the quiet in the venue. Thanks to all the staff at Holy Cross.

Fr Daniel Serratore, Missionaries of God's Love

Around 30 of us from the Neocatechumenal community of the parish of St. Bernadette’s in North Sunshine came to stay over the weekend in March. We had a beautiful experience in the Holy Cross centre, particularly upon using the Corbett room which had windows overlooking the well-kept gardens which made the wonders of creation more apparent when doing Morning Prayer. The staff were helpful, non-obtrusive while still being very accommodating. The rooms were simple and comfortable enough and the shared bathrooms were immaculate. The cook is also a 5 star! Will definitely be coming back many more times. It is beautiful to have a weekend away with a Catholic community in a Catholic centre, run by actual Christians!

Jonathan Antony, 1st Community of North Sunshine
Our workplace hosted our staff Christmas vent at Holy Cross and it was an exceptional space. Because of the pandemic, staff had been working from home and this was our first in-person gathering for 8 months. The outdoor space was perfect for our informal catch up’s and made adhering to social distancing easy. The food was excellent and communication was second to none – all our needs were catered for. Would definitely recommend Holy Cross and look forward to returning soon.
Emma O’Brien, Eastern Community Legal Centre

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Our Address

207 Serpells Rd, Templestowe VIC 3106