There are many burial options available at the Gungahlin,Woden and Hall cemeteries. These include burial areas for different religious and cultural groups, a range of landscape settings and price options.
All interments in Canberra's cemeteries are "in perpetuity". You are invited to inspect Gungahlin, Woden and Hall cemeteries to select a site. Please phone 02 6207 1622 for an appointment.
The Woden, Gungahlin and Hall cemeteries are managed by the ACT Public Cemeteries Board and operate without government subsidy.
The cemeteries website can be accessed at www.canberracemeteries.com.au
Southern Memorial Park
The ACT Government is currently undertaking work to develop a memorial park (cemetery) in south Canberra to ensure a full range of burial and interment services can be provided across the ACT. Consideration of Southern Memorial Park (SMP) is in the early stages, designs and costings for the are currently being prepared to start planning the infrastructure and landscaping needed for the site on Long Gully Road.
More information is available here.
Crematorium at Gungahlin Cemetery
In 2018 the ACT Government engaged with the community on a review of the Cemeteries and Crematoria Act 2003. This engagement process told us that 1 in 10 people who have a religious or cultural need in relation to burial or cremation do not currently have this need met by the services in Canberra. Further consultations indicated the unmet need is largely in relation to cremations.
The ACT Government is committed to ensuring that all people in our diverse community have access to services that meet their needs. The development of this of this new crematorium helps deliver on this commitment.
The new crematorium will be located at the Gungahlin Cemetery in Mitchell. It is expected to be operational in late 2020.
More information is available here.
Gungahlin and Woden Cemeteries feature attractive areas to place ashes.
Ashes can be placed in rhododendron and azalea shrub beds or can be scattered in landscaped areas within the cemetery grounds.
Opened in 1936, this formally planned cemetery features many stately mature trees and offers lawn and monumental burial sites in different religious and general areas.
The cemetery is accessible all year round with the gates open until dusk. Woden Cemetery is within easy walking distance from the Woden Bus Interchange. Car parking off Yamba Drive is available.
Opened in 2001, the 304-crypt Christ The Redeemer mausoleum has proved a popular addition to the range of services offered. Please contact the Cemetery office for more information about the mausoleum.
The principal cemetery for Canberra is extensively landscaped and a large lake and many bird species help create a tranquil and peaceful environment.
Separate areas are provided for lawn and monumental burials and for placing ashes. A unique concept are Family Estates consisting of eight lawn graves set around a concrete square that incorporates a tree and gardens, all located in an attractive well-treed area.
In addition to lawn, family estates, monumental, children's and baby's areas, there are special areas set aside for Jewish, Islamic, Orthodox, Aboriginal and Ex-Service burials.
Hall Cemetery is a small rural cemetery, principally for long time residents of the Hall region. In addition to standard monumental areas, a walled memorial garden was recently opened for the interment of ashes.
As Hall Cemetery contains some rare and threatened flora, general mowing is not possible during spring and early summer. However, mowing is permitted between the rows of graves at this time. Hall Cemetery is an attractive alternative for those seeking a quiet bushland location.
Report on missing ashes at Norwood Park Crematorium
In June 2019 Transport Canberra and City Services released the results of an investigation into lost ashes at the privately operated Norwood Park Crematorium. Three cases of missing ashes were investigated as part of the process. The investigation looked into what had occurred between affected families and Norwood Park, the process used to search for missing ashes and Norwood Park's processes and procedures.