Cremations are now more popular in Australia than the traditional burial. In NSW, 66% of the 50,000+ deaths that occur each year are cremations.

This guide is designed to help you understand more about arranging a cremation service in Sydney. It includes a comprehensive list of Sydney crematoriums and their locations so you can decide which crematorium best suits your needs.

For general information about cremations, we recommend you have a look at our Guide to Cremations. If you’re interested in understanding how much cremation services cost, see our guide to the Average Cost of a Cremation in Australia.

This article covers:

  1. Sydney Crematoriums
  2. How to Arrange a Sydney Cremation Service
  3. Cremation Services in Sydney, NSW – Regulations
  4. Prepaid Cremations in Sydney

1. Sydney Crematoriums

Cremations take place at the following Sydney crematoriums:

Suburb Sydney Crematorium Name Operator
Kellyville Ridge Castlebrook Memorial Park InvoCare
Kurnell Olsens Funerals Olsens Funerals
Leppington Forest Lawn Memorial Park InvoCare
Macquarie Park Macquarie Park Cemetery & Crematorium Northern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust (Govt)
Matraville Eastern Suburbs Memorial Park (Botany Cemetery) Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust (Govt)
Minchinbury Pinegrove Memorial Park InvoCare
North Ryde Northern Suburbs Memorial Gardens & Crematorium InvoCare
Rookwood Rookwood Memorial Gardens & Crematorium InvoCare
Rookwood Western Sydney Crematorium Catholic Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust (Govt)
Sutherland Woronora General Cemetery & Crematorium Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust (Govt)

For more information about these cemeteries, see our Complete Guide to Sydney Cemeteries.

In Sydney, the majority of cremations (69%) are undertaken by private operators.

As you can see in the table above, a significant private operator in Sydney is multinational corporation, InvoCare. Similarly, InvoCare operates a number of Brisbane crematoriums. You can read more about InvoCare in our Guide to the InvoCare Funeral Brands.

Sydney Cremation Services at Macquarie Park Cemetery & Crematorium
Macquarie Park Cemetery & Crematorium

2. How to Arrange a Sydney Cremation Service

We’ve previously written about the various considerations that arise when arranging a cremation. Funerals – whether burials or cremations – require families to make a number of arrangements with which they are frequently unfamiliar. These arrangements are made more difficult by the fact that important decisions often need to be made within a short timeframe.

Getting in touch with a funeral director can help take much of the stress out of the planning process as it allows you to rely on their experience and expertise. Gathered Here makes it easy to find the best funeral director to assist you.

To compare prices and customer reviews of Sydney funeral directors who manage cremations, all you need to do is:

  1. Go to www.gatheredhere.com.au
  2. Select cremation
  3. Select the type of funeral service you would like
  4. Type in your postcode and click “Compare”

You can also find more information about Sydney funeral directors in our Funeral Directors Sydney guide.

Sydney Cremation Services at Rookwood Memorial Gardens
Rookwood Memorial Gardens & Crematorium

3. Cremation Services in Sydney, NSW – Regulations

Regardless of where in Australia a cremation takes place, the cremation process will involve a number of fairly routine steps. However, there are additional rules for cremations that vary from state to state.

In NSW, cremations are governed by the Cemeteries and Crematoria Act 2013, the Cemeteries and Crematoria Regulations 2014, the Public Health Act 2010 and the Public Health Regulation 2012.

Under this legislation, the following rules apply to Sydney cremations:

  • cremation of a body must be commenced within 4 hours of delivery to the crematorium (unless the body is placed in a holding room);
  • prior to cremation, pacemakers and similar devices must be removed from the body;
  • the body must be contained in a coffin (and both are cremated);
  • only one body may be cremated in a crematory retort at any one time;
  • a cremation should not take place against the deceased’s (written) directions;
  • a cremation should not take place if the body is not identified.
Eastern Suburbs Memorial Park
Eastern Suburbs Memorial Park and Crematorium

4. Prepaid Cremations Sydney

When it comes to thinking about your own funeral, you might consider buying a prepaid cremation. Prepaid funerals allow you to pay for your funeral at today’s prices, meaning that you don’t have to worry about burdening your family with complex decisions and funeral fees at a date in the future. Purchasing a prepaid cremation also provides a clear message to your loved ones as to your wishes once you have passed.

Our guide to Prepaid Funerals in Sydney provides more information on arranging a prepaid Sydney cremation service.

We hope you’ve found this guide to Sydney crematoriums and cremation services useful. If you have any questions or would like additional help, send us an email at support@gatheredhere.com.au or leave a message in the comments section below.


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