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Rookwood Cemetery and Necropolis

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Address: Corner Hawthorne and Field Avenues | Rookwood, Lidcombe, Auburn, New South Wales 2141, Australia
Phone Number: +61 2 9499 2415
07:30 - 16:00
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Mon - Fri 07:30 - 16:00
Sat 08:00 - 12:00

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Interesting place to visit especially now with the Sculpture exhibition happening

Rookwood cemetery is a really interesting place to visit at any time but particularly now when the Hidden sculpture walk is happening (until the 23rd October) There are so many... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 8 October 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Rookwood cemetery is like a huge private park in the middle of Sydney, originally landscaped when it was created for day trippers catching the train out to visit the graves of relatives it still has ornate plantings around serpentine canals and the resthouses people would picnic in. I particularly like the section around The Chapel of The Archangel Michael for... More 

Thank Bronwyn C
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

Rookwood cemetery is a really interesting place to visit at any time but particularly now when the Hidden sculpture walk is happening (until the 23rd October) There are so many interesting graves, some for the fact of who is buried within the grave, but also because of the beauty of lots of the stonework. There is a volunteer group called... More 

Thank Jules0999
Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

Reputedly the largest cemetery in Southern Hemisphere, Rookwood traces the history of Sydney from the late 1860s to the current with interesting examples of burial sites, churches, crematoriums from all religious groups. It is well worth a visit and many prominent Sydney identities are buried at Rookwood. It is a high place and at times, has a lot of traffic.... More 

Thank marie1Sydney
Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016 via mobile

Huge cemetery but showing its age now. It's a shame to see so many gravestones run down or neglected. Some of the newer areas do look impressive. Direction signposts are a bit confusing or offer limited information.

Thank Martin D
Batam, Indonesia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016

This is too big for cemetery in my mind. The have a too good Mausoleum at Catholic Lawn. Each part have their own religious building like Church, Mosque and Temple. Even the crematorium. Wow.

Thank Frans0809
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2016 via mobile

Rookwood is an amazing place. So much history is literally buried there. I have relatives buried in the Anglican & Catholic part of Rookwood & its amazing just reading some of the headstones - some that have lived a good long life some that have had a very short life. There is a cafe call Reflection where you can stop... More 

Thank Sharon K
Queensland, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2016

We came to place flowers on families graves. When we went to place flowers on the newer graves that they seemed to have been moved!! Same section just not were we recalled them to be a couple of years ago. We than moved onto the older graves, near one of the small chapels. They were neat and tidy. We than... More 

Thank Karen L
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2016 via mobile

We found the Catholic cremetorium we were looking for without any issue. There was plenty of parking and seating. Toilets also located near the chapel. Driving in from the weeroona st access, the grounds looked so well maintained. The rows of chinese and muslim graves with their matching headstones neatly arranged row by row made the place look organised. I... More 

Thank DedesGirl
Victoria, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016

This cemetery is easy to access. It was a cemetery which had a railway line into the cemetery originally but it is a pity that the platform is no longer standing (only the base is left). Much of the cemetery is overgrown and covered with spider webs however the areas that have been well maintained show the opulence of early... More 

Thank Wendy W
Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016

Simply for its size and layout, Rookwood is of interest. Obviously, being Australian its history is a lot shorter than some of the European cemeteries of note, but its a great place to go for a long walk. The older sections have grass paths that are regularly cut so even though the headstones may be a little overgrown, you can... More 

Thank Paddy H

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