About our Cemetery

The world class Springvale Botanical Cemetery is arguably Australia’s most beautiful cemetery with an abundance of highly landscaped gardens, towering trees, striking water features and over 29,501 roses.

Established in 1901, Springvale Botanical Cemetery is one of nine cemeteries within the care of the Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust (SMCT) and, spanning 169 hectares (422 acres), is the largest cemetery in the group.

This magnificent botanical cemetery offers unparalleled burial, cremation and mausolea memorial options to suit all religious, cultural or personal preferences.

In August 2014, we opened our state-of-the-art Clarence Reardon Centre, to serve families with comfortable and beautifully designed spaces and facilities, including seven stylishly appointed function rooms, cafe and florist.

Our history

The cemetery, originally known as The Necropolis Springvale, was established in 1901, and the first burial, that of a baby Clarence Reardon, was on 20 March 1902. The cemetery’s historic core is preserved, with all burials from the early 1900s and some original plantings such as bunya-bunya pine trees, palms and gums surviving. Springvale Botanical Cemetery is important in the history of cremation in Australia and has many notable interments.

Our continuing care of the cemetery

At Springvale Botanical Cemetery we are proud of our historic grounds and the very special areas in which to honour and celebrate life. Our skilled maintenance teams, arborists and horticulturists work year round to keep our grounds in pristine condition.

Map of Springvale Botanical Cemetery

To help you find your way around our grounds, this location map highlights some key areas and points of interest including our new Clarence Reardon Centre.

Floral and memento guidelines policy

To help us maintain a beautiful, clean, tidy and hazard-free environment, Springvale Botanical Cemetery has developed a Floral and Memento Policy. These guidelines clearly outline what kind of tributes can be left at graves, crypts and cremation memorials.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

For your convenience we have compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding the loss of a loved one, funeral and memorial services, burial and cremation, grave, crypt and cremation memorials, cemeteries, processes and planning ahead. Dealing with loss can be overwhelming but we are here to guide you through the process.

Registered Funeral Directors

In order to work with Springvale Botanical Cemetery, funeral directors must be registered. Funeral directors who are registered with us have the appropriate governance requirements in place and have a clear understanding of how to manage a funeral service within our location.

Registered Monumental Masons

A monumental mason is a stonemason who specialises in the creation, installation and repair of headstones or monuments. In order to work at Springvale Botanical Cemetery, monumental masons must be registered. Those who are registered with us have the appropriate governance requirements in place.


We place great emphasis on employee engagement as we recognise that our people are our greatest asset. We aim to recruit and retain highly skilled employees and offer excellent working conditions, flexibility and tailored training programmes. The welfare of our team remains a priority and, as a result, our people are motivated to provide the highest level of service to our client families.