Waverley and South Head General Cemeteries are a sanctuary where family and friends can come to reflect, honour and pay tribute to their loved ones in a tranquil, calming environment. We are a place where peace and privacy are cherished and will always be respected.
As a guardian of family and community heritage, we are more committed than ever to protecting and celebrating the history of our grounds, our families, and the city of Sydney we call home.
Located close to the centre of Sydney, Waverley and South Head General Cemeteries are one of the oldest continually operating cemeteries in Sydney. We provide a dignified and unique setting in which to commemorate the lives of our family, friends, and those who have shaped our city and country.
Just like the day we opened in 1877, today we continue to provide extraordinary service and support to everyone making important decisions about interment, commemoration and remembrance for themselves and their loved ones.
Our 16 hectares offer dramatic beauty all through the year with unique memorial architecture and sculpture all in a comfortable traditional landscape of sandstone hills and valleys. With a commitment to preserve our landscape’s historic character and a commitment to build our future maintenance funds, Waverley promises responsible planning and management of our grounds, ensuring that the cemetery will keep its charm and character but be cared for.
NSW State Heritage Listing
On Sunday 23 October 2016, Mayor Sally Betts and Environment Minister Mark Speakman proudly announced that Waverley Cemetery will be listed on the State Heritage Register. This listing arose after the Heritage Council of NSW approved an application by the devoted community group, Residents for Waverley Cemetery.
Heritage Minister Mark Speakman said the Heritage Council for NSW awarded Waverley Cemetery this listing based on the cemetery’s spectacular ‘genealogical, historical, architectural and artistic character.’ It’s such an iconic landmark in Bronte and has a reputation for being one of the world’s most beautiful resting places.
Maintaining and preserving the cemetery has always been of utmost importance to Council, and this listing shows that it’s not just important to our community, but to the entire state. It’s an incredible win that will ensure the site remains protected for future generations.
Once again, a huge thanks to the community group, Residents for Waverley Cemetery for their active support in this nomination.
Friends of Waverley Cemetery Tours
The Friends of Waverley Cemetery conduct cemetery tours on most Saturdays. These special tours take approximately 90 minutes to complete and cost $24.18 per person (which goes towards monument restoration).
Do you marvel at the monuments in Waverley Cemetery and wonder who is buried here? Then join a tour of this special working cemetery and visit the resting place of many famous and influential people.
Click on this link to book your place at a tour today.
Be a volunteer!
Friends of Waverley Cemetery is always happy to accept new members. The group meet bi-monthly in the shelter next to the Cemetery office on the second Saturday of the even months in the year (namely February, April, June, August, October and December) at 9.00am. Members also receive a monthly newsletter with updates on the Cemetery. Friends of Waverley Cemetery aim to:
- Protect and conserve the integrity of Waverley Cemetery in the physical, philosophical and spiritual sense under the direction of the cemetery management.
- Provide opportunities for constructive community involvement in the achievement of the above aim.
- Provide educational programs concerning the occupants, needs and traditions of the cemetery and the nature of a fully operational cemetery.
- Enable people who are concerned about Waverley Cemetery to enjoy constructive fellowship.