Nicola Middlemiss

Nicola Middlemiss

15/06/2022

The price of headstones varies from a few hundred dollars to tens of thousands. Here’s what you should know when choosing.

Headstones and memorials come in all different shapes, sizes, and price points. So, if you’re looking to buy one, rest assured there will be something that works with your budget.

This guide looks at the common types of headstones and memorials along with typical costs. But remember, it’s just a guide. Prices can vary based on lots of different factors.

This guide looks at:

How much does a headstone cost?

What impacts the price of a headstone?

Affordable alternatives to headstones

Headstone prices near me

Other costs associated with headstones

How much does a headstone cost?

Traditional headstones can cost anywhere between $1,500 and $20,000, depending on the size and style of the memorial – as well as various other factors.
For single headstones, Australians can expect to pay around $2,000 to $5,000. For double headstones, the cost is $4,000 to $8,000.

For kerbed memorials, those which extend the entire length of the grave, the price is likely to increase to around $4,000 to $10,000.

What impacts the price of a headstone?

Many factors influence the price of a headstone, including:

  • The size of the headstone
  • The type and colour of stone used
  • The design of the headstone
  • Design customisations
  • Materials used for the inscription
  • Style of engraving
  • Length of engraving
  • Level of craftsmanship
  • Size and complexity of the headstone
  • The specific manufacturer and supplier
  • Additional accessories, such as vases or cabinets

Affordable alternatives to a headstone

There are lots of alternatives for people who don’t want an expensive headstone.

However, you should always check with your chosen cemetery about regulations around the type and style of gravemarkers that can be used.

  • Grave slopers – $500 to $3,000
  • Bronze plaques – $100-$500
  • Wooden markers – $20-$250

Headstone prices near me

You can use our online headstone marketplace to find and compare headstone prices near you. 

You can browse a catalogue of hundreds of headstone styles, pick out a design you like, add customisations, and request a no-obligation quote from three local craftspeople.

Other costs associated with headstones

Once you’ve payed for the headstone itself, there may still be additional costs associated with it’s installation and maintenance. For example:

  • Cemetery permission for headstone
  • Monumental work fee
  • General maintenance of headstone

Always ask the cemetery about any additional expenses that may be involved.

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