Cemetery and crematorium facilities and services

"Show me a manner in which
a community cares for its dead and I will
measure... the tender sympathies of the people...
and their loyalty to high ideals."

– Gladstone

Owned and operated by the Lismore City Council and located high on a scenic ridge in Goonellabah, the Lismore Memorial Gardens is a lawn cemetery and crematorium that has served the Lismore district and surrounding communities since 1966.

Over this time its 13 hectares of landscaped grounds have been increasingly planted out and carefully tended so that today it boasts one of the most magnificent floral displays to be found anywhere in this part of the world.

Friends and family frequently return to this peaceful place to enjoy the beauty of the flourishing gardens as they pay their respects to departed loved ones whose ashes are placed in the Memorial Gardens or who were buried amongst the thousands of magnificent roses in the lawn cemetery.

The Lismore Memorial Gardens at Goonellabah are located on Skyline Road (drive off the Bruxner Highway into Rous Road, travel 1.5km and look for the signs).

The grounds of the Lismore Memorial Gardens are open to the public from 5am to 9pm every day of the year. Our friendly, caring staff will assist you in the choice of memorials or provide information on the location of a particular memorial or grave.

Please feel free to visit and enjoy the well-tended and tranquil lawns and gardens any time.

Guided tours of the crematorium can be arranged on request. Phone Council and staff will arrange a convenient time for you and your family.

Please note that in order to better manage the Lismore Memorial Gardens lawn cemetery we have developed Trinket Guidelines. These have been created to reduce the amount of breakable trinkets migrating to lawn areas and to improve the overall appearance of the cemetery. The procedure still allows family to place items on headstones but places restrictions on glass, potted plants and solar lighting.

For more information or bookings please visit our Corporate Centre at 43 Oliver Avenue, Goonellabah, from 8.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday, or phone 1300 87 83 87.

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BushLand Cemetery

The Bushland Cemetery is an eco-friendly burial option for those wishing to have minimal impact as they depart this life.

The cemetery contains remnant and regenerative tall open and moist sclerophyll forest types, typical of the environment found near the western escarpment of the Alstonville plateau.

Koalas frequent these trees often and little bent-wing bats have been seen chasing insects upon night fall. This area is a significant habitat for koalas and cemetery management is committed to ensuring this habitat is maintained and improved, through the staged introduction of new trees to replace those that are maturing.

The Bushland Cemetery is located in the natural bushlands of Lismore Memorial Gardens, located in Skyline Road, Goonellabah. Toilet facilities are available at the Crematorium Chapel.

For further information phone 1300 87 83 87 or email bushlandcemetery@lismore.nsw.gov.au. You may also find useful information in our Bushland Cemetery Fact Sheet.

Lismore Lawn Cemetery and Memorial Gardens Register

This is a register of all those who have been buried or cremated at the Lismore Memorial Gardens. You can search through the register by entering a name or part therefore. Please go to the Lismore Lawn Cemetery and Memorial Gardens Register.

Children’s Memorial: East Lismore Cemetery

A monument has been erected to acknowledge all the unmarked children's graves within the cemeteries of the Lismore area.

It provides a focal point for the remembrance of still-born and very young children who have been buried without a memorial.

For more information view our Children’s Memorial – East Lismore Cemetery document.