Burial options

Cairns Regional Council accommodates a range of burials; the five main options are listed below. Please advise your funeral director which option you prefer.

Lawn burials

Lawn burial sites are available in the following cemeteries:

  • Babinda
  • Cairns
  • Forest View
  • Gordonvale

Instead of traditional headstones or monuments, lawn burial sites feature simple bronze plaques on concrete bases on the grave at ground level. When you overlook a lawn burial cemetery (or site inside a cemetery) you see a panorama of lawn.

Monumental burials

Monumental burial sites are a traditional option featuring granite, marble or concrete headstones and/or bases.  They are available in:

  • Cairns
  • Gordonvale

The monumental area at Babinda cemetery is full with the exception of the in-ground vault area

The erection of a monument is subject to Council approval and you need to engage a monumental mason to construct the headstone and/or the base. If you prefer this option please speak to your funeral director for advice.

Monumental lawn burials

Monumental lawn beam burials feature headstones or raised plaques attached to a common beam of concrete (without a large base). This combines the lawn burial option with the more traditional 'monumental option'.  The erection of a monument and/or raised plaque is subject to Council approval and you will need to engage a monumental mason to construct a headstone and/or the base and/or raised plaque.

This option is available at the Martyn Street cemetery.

Mausoleum vault burials

Mausoleum vault burials are available at:

  • Forest View
  • Gordonvale
  • Martyn Street

Mausoleums are external, above-ground, free-standing buildings with spaces or burial chambers for coffins. Sometimes mausoleums are referred to as tombs.

Memorials for ashes

Ashes can be placed in family graves or in specially designed walls.  They can also be placed in specially designated garden beds at:

  • Babinda
  • Cairns
  • Forest View
  • Gordonvale

Reserving a site

Purchasing a memorial in advance allows you to select a site of your own choice. It means your family won't have to make this decision at an extremely emotional time and ensures your wishes are carried out.

Reserving also secures the site costs at today's prices. Please note an internment fee is payable at the time of a funeral.

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Last updated: 05 January 2018