The Toowong Cemetery is a Brisbane icon and was once the city's main cemetery. Located on the slopes of Mt Coot-tha in Brisbane's inner western suburbs, it borders Brisbane's Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha and the Brisbane Forest Park.
While the Toowong Cemetery officially opened in 1875, some burials took place from 1871. Most notable was Queensland's second governor, Colonel Samuel Blackall.
The cemetery features a number of cultural areas, historical trails and memorials. Community groups are working with Brisbane City Council to maintain and improve the cemetery's condition.
For information on funerals and memorial services at Council's cemeteries and crematoria, view the funerals and memorial service calendar.
|Location:||Corner Frederick Street and Mt Coot-tha Road, Toowong|
|Office opening hours:||Monday to Sunday: 9am - 1pm
Public holidays: closed most public holidays
|Visiting hours:||Monday to Sunday: 6am to 6pm (gates are unlocked and locked each day)|
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On this page, find information about:
- burial options
- memorial gardens and walls for ashes
- locating graves and ashes memorial sites
- new pedestrian ramp - Toowong Cemetery Link project
- Friends of Toowong Cemetery
- where to find more information.
New monumental burial sites are still available at Toowong Cemetery. These allow for two burials as well as ashes interment in the grave.
Burials in existing family graves may also be available. This applies where the grave still has space or the last burial was more than 30 years ago. Family grave re-use is only available to direct descendants or those related to the burial rights holder. Download family grave re-use application forms.
Graves can be pre-purchased in advance at today's prices or purchased as required.
You will need an appointment to view available burial options at Toowong Cemetery. To request an appointment, contact the office by email.
Toowong Cemetery still has some ashes memorial sites available in the niche wall located behind the museum. Alternatively, ashes can be interred into grave sites.
To view available wall sites at Toowong Cemetery, an appointment is necessary to ensure there is an officer available to assist. To request an appointment, contact the office by email.
The practice of marking numbers on headstones was introduced in the late 1900s. As most of the graves at Toowong Cemetery are quite old, the majority of headstones do not have numbers marked on them. This makes finding graves at Toowong Cemetery extremely difficult without assistance. Council recommends you visit the cemetery during office hours to obtain directions.
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The cemetery area map shows the portions and sections within the cemetery. Inside each section could be up to 40 graves. Visit during office hours to obtain specific directions to graves.
This project involved building a new pedestrian ramp from Mt Coot-tha Road, opposite the Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha, into the cemetery. Construction was completed in early September 2018.
The ramp is accessible in accordance with Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) 1992. It provides a further access point into the south-west section of the cemetery.
While some trees were removed to build the ramp, Council did not remove any heritage trees in the cemetery. Twelve trees were planted and minor landscaping was undertaken as part of the project.
Tree removal was in accordance with Council’s offset policies and relevant legislative requirements.
Friends of Toowong Cemetery is a voluntary organisation. It is a group of people with a special interest in the history of Queensland and Brisbane, particularly Toowong Cemetery. They hold meetings on the last Wednesday evening of month and guided walks on the first Sunday of the month. For more information, visit the Friends of Toowong Cemetery website.
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