Watchful angel monument at Melbourne General Cemetery

From tombstones to TripAdvisor reviews

Why cemeteries have become a walk in the not-so-grave yard


anee Lee spends a lot of time wandering cemeteries around the world reading what’s on tombstones and enjoying these peaceful, artistic parklands. She even has a blog documenting over 150 of the world’s must-see memorial destinations called Cemetery Travel. Far from being morbid, Lee explains how cemeteries can be beautiful travel destinations in a Travel + Leisure article that lists 19 of the world’s most beautiful cemeteries to add to your next vacation’s list of places to visit.

The beautiful Waverley Cemetery in Sydney
The beautiful Waverley Cemetery, perched on top of the cliffs at Bronte, is notable for the views and Victorian and Edwardian monuments.

Keep your eyes open for Australia’s Waverley Cemetery which gets a nod. Judging by the TripAdvisor reviews Waverley and other cemeteries now receive, it’s clear that whether for historic or aesthetic reasons, cemeteries are in.

So if you want to check out some truly beautiful cemeteries right here in Melbourne, then wander through, or take a guided tour of, the iconic Melbourne General, historic Brighton General, and scenic Springvale Botanical cemeteries, or any one of the memorial parks cared for by SMCT.

17. Arborists branch out at the cemetry 5th image
Beautiful Springvale Botanical Cemetery lives up to its name


Angel in the trees at Melbourne General Cemetery
Angel in the trees at Melbourne General Cemetery
Historical vault at Brighton General Cemetery
Historical family vault at Brighton General Cemetery

Got a favourite cemetery that’s not on the list, then feel free to share it with us, and inspire others, below.

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