Sorrento Cemetery

Sorrento Cemetery is enriched with a valuable heritage, balanced with a commitment to meeting the current and future needs of its community.

Established circa 1886, Sorrento Cemetery is the most recent of nine cemeteries to be placed in the care of Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust (SMCT).

With an intimate ground span, the cemetery covers 8.1 acres in total with 4.4 acres still available for families wishing to honour and celebrate life within a beautiful and significant setting.

The peaceful rural grounds offer a range of burial and cremation memorial options to choose from.

History

Established circa 1886 was formally appointed to the management of Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust (SMCT) on 12 December 2017.

The cemetery is located within the scenic township of Sorrento on the Mornington Peninsula and reflects the rich valuable history within the community.

Originally the cemetery was divided into three sections, the Anglican, Presbyterian and Roman Catholic with the first burial taking place in 1886 in the Church of England Section. That first burial was John Darbyshire who, during a king tide, was marooned off the back beach on a rock later to be named Darbys Rock.

Sorrento Cemetery includes the interments of two shipwrecks. The S.S.Sierra Nevada Shipwrecked on the 9th May 1900 at Portsea Ocean Beach and the The SS Alert, shipwrecked off Cape Schank on the 28th December 1893 and left undiscovered for 113 years.  

Notable Interments Include:

  • John Button - Federal Senator
  • Vin Heffernan - Member of the Legislative Assembly of Victoria
  • Sophie Heathcote - Actor
  • Dame Zara Bate - Wife of former Prime Minister of Australia Harold Holt

Sorrento Cemetery

78 Normanby Road   Sorrento Victoria 3943 (map)

Phone (03) 8523 1650

Email scc.enquiries@smct.org.au

Opening Hours

Grounds

8.30am – 4.00pm

Our grounds are open 365 days a year.

Customer Care

8.30am – 4.00pm, Monday to Friday (closed public holidays)

Sorrento is in a rural location and visitation should be avoided on total fire ban days. The cemetery will be closed on ‘Code Red’ days.

Public Notice

The Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust is seeking community feedback for the proposal to rename ‘Sorrento Public Cemetery’ as ‘Sorrento Community Cemetery’.

All feedback may be directed to William Babington on (03) 8558 8278 or email: william.babington@smct.org.au prior to Wednesday 20 June 2018.