The beautiful Waverley cemetery in Sydney

The Waverley Cemetery in Sydney may have plenty of history, but overall is a peaceful place loaded with beauty and incredible funeral art. Read on to discover the most beautiful cemetery in the world.

The Waverley Cemetery is a historic site located in the Bronte suburb of Sydney with dramatic views of the Pacific ocean. It has well preserved Victorian and Edwardian monuments and has the graves of many prominent Australians. Established in 1875, the Waverley Cemetery covers forty-one acres and has the distinction of being the most beautiful cemetery in the world.


Significant people who were buried in Waverley Cemetery are the poet Henry Lawson, Jules Archibald the founder of the magazine called the Bulletin, Australia’s first Prime Minister, Sir Edmund Barton, eminent sportspersons and over 200 war graves of soldiers who died in various conflicts where Australia played a significant role. Moreover, the Waverley Cemetery was used during the filming of the 1979 Mel Gibson film, Tim.

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Funerals are conducted Monday to Saturday. The necropolis is self-funded, deriving its income from interments – including burial, cremation, memorials and mausolea – of which there has been over 86,000. The Waverley was designed to function along similar lines to Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris and Colon cemetery in Havana.


The heritage-listed cemetery is a major Sydney attraction and a popular section of the Bondi to Cogee route. Many visitors head there to admire the gorgeous grave sculpture and to enjoy the breathtaking views of the Pacific ocean.

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After a storm in June 2016, the cemetery’s walkway was damaged forcing the closure of the world-famous coastal walk and parts of the beautiful necropolis. Restorations began September 2016, and in October 2018 the reopening of the coastal walk took place.

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