Choosing the right cemetery

Choosing the right cemetery is an extremely important decision as this determines where family, friends and future generations are able to remember and honour a life.

People choose cemeteries for a variety of reasons, including tradition, family connections, proximity to home or because a certain cemetery is characterised by history, prestige, tranquillity or sheer physical beauty.

We recommend that this crucial decision is one that key family members should make together.

The beauty of Springvale Botanical Cemetery

Australia’s world-class botanical cemetery is a magnificent and diverse destination in which to honour and celebrate life.

Although historically and culturally rich, what really sets Springvale apart is the extraordinary beauty and vibrancy of our vast botanical setting.

Established in 1901, Springvale is now considered to be one of Australia’s most significant botanical gardens, always in harmony with nature and forever changing with the seasons.

Over the years, carefully considered plantings have produced the most tranquil and distinctive of places to rest and reflect. Established trees and water features abound and the grounds are graced by over 30,000 roses of over 350 varieties.

Within Springvale Botanical Cemetery there are so many special places to honour and celebrate life. You are always welcome to enjoy the beauty and serenity of our grounds and please contact us if you would like us to show you the garden options available.

Embracing all religions and cultures

Springvale Botanical Cemetery is also culturally rich, embracing all religions and cultures.

Our experienced Client Services Consultants are trained to meet the needs of various faiths and we respect and understand that certain traditions and rituals must be honoured.

Some popular religious areas include:

  • The Pines and Stringybark (Greek Orthodox, Macedonian, Serbian, Coptic)
  • Jewish B (Jewish)
  • Song He Yuan (Buddhist)
  • Roman Catholic N & F (Roman Catholic)
  • The Oaks (Russian Orthodox, Armenian)
  • Islamic B (Islamic)
  • Stringybark (Asian Cultures, Methodist, Presbyterian)

Chapels, crematorium, café, florist and function facilities

As a world-class cemetery, Springvale Botanical Cemetery provides the full spectrum of cemetery services and we also provide a complete range of services for client families and guests.

To save unnecessary travel on the day of a funeral service, we provide full on-site catering, with our elegant function rooms a very short walk from our chapels.

Then, whenever family and friends visit to pay their respects, there is always an opportunity to purchase fresh flowers from our on-site florist and to enjoy quality refreshments at our Café Vita et flores. Surrounded by exquisite gardens and water features, our café is a popular spot for families and friends to gather.

Springvale family connections

As Springvale Botanical Cemetery was established in 1901, many families have an existing and ongoing connection and choose our cemetery for this reason.

Many families have a strong desire to keep family members together.

Special places for personal, cultural and community needs

At Springvale Botanical Cemetery, we pride ourselves by meeting the many and varied needs of the communities we serve. For this reason we have created special places within our gardens, in which to honour and celebrate life.

These include:

  • Specific denominational areas. We have set aside particular areas to allow specific cultural and/or religious communities to rest in peace together.
  • Children’s Area. We have designed a vibrant, all-denominational area, which allows children to be remembered in a unique and personal way.
  • Song He Yuan. Designed for the Buddhist community, in accordance with feng shui principles, this highly developed and prestigious area provides for burial and cremation memorials.
  • The Police Memorial. This is a quiet and spiritual area, providing burial and cremation memorials for Police Officers and their families.
  • Australian War Graves. A designated area within the grounds of Springvale, for the commemoration of eligible veterans who died post war and whose deaths were caused by their war service.

An easily accessible location

Positioned in the heart of Greater Dandenong and less than 30km from the City of Melbourne, Springvale Botanical Cemetery is located on a major highway and is easily accessible.

Other cemetery locations

The Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust administers and cares for seven other cemeteries and memorial parks. All are not-for-profit, community-based cemeteries. You may like to consider these, according to your family connections, their proximity to you or for their historic, religious, cultural or aesthetic appeal.

For more information regarding the Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust, please click here.


Brighton General Cemetery

Established in 1854 – 12 hectares (30 acres).

A most historic and significant cemetery in the heart of Brighton. The prestigious final resting place of eminent Victorians.

Currently available: Graves, which include the exclusive Red Brick Lawn Grave area, mausoleum crypts and cremation memorials.

Bunurong Memorial Park

Established in 1995 – 120 hectares (300 acres).

Contemporary and distinctively Australian, this progressive memorial park is beautifully landscaped with an abundance of lakes and calming water features.

Currently available: Extensive mausoleum, grave and cremation memorial opportunities.

Cheltenham Memorial Park

Established in 1933 – 20 hectares (50 acres).

A distinctive, community focused Bayside cemetery, characterised by stately palms and shaded pavilions.

Currently available: Graves, cremation memorials and mausoleum opportunities.

Cheltenham Pioneer Cemetery

Established in 1865 – 3 hectares (5 acres).

An intimate and historic pioneer cemetery characterised by towering trees and closeness to the community.

Currently available: Graves and cremation memorial opportunities.

Dandenong Community Cemetery

Established in 1857 – 4 hectares (11 acres).

The final resting place of the district’s pioneers, this peaceful, rustic cemetery serves the local community with affordable opportunities.

Currently available: Graves and cremation memorial opportunities.

Melbourne General Cemetery

Established in 1852 – 43 hectares (106 acres).

Iconic, exclusive and prestigious, this historically significant cemetery is characterised by its prime location and notable interments.

Currently available: Saint Mary of the Cross and Gatehouse Mausoleum crypts, cremation memorials and limited grave opportunities.

St Kilda Cemetery

Established in 1855 – 7 hectares (18 acres).

Prominently located and steeped in history, this intimate and tranquil cemetery features iconic memorials in a garden oasis setting.

Currently available: Cremation memorials and limited grave opportunities.