All Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust grounds are open every day of the year, including all public holidays.
For café and florist opening hours over the holiday period, please visit the Café Vita et flores page.
Christmas Remembrance Events
We are inviting the SMCT community together for a family-friendly evening of remembrance through music, that celebrates the season and our unique grounds.
If you are unable to visit our sites over the festive period, we welcome you to leave a digital tribute for your loved ones during December.
Together by the Lake
Music is a gift that has the power to bring people together and spark memories. On Friday December 2, we warmly invite you to join us for Together by the lake - an evening of live music and reflection at Bunurong Memorial Park.
This family-friendly event is open to all of our community. We welcome you to take a seat on the lawn by the beautiful Lake Australis and enjoy the sounds of an array of local musicians. It is an opportunity to take a moment to remember those we love who are no longer with us – but who we will never forget.
For more information and to register for a free ticket, visit our Together by the lake event page on Eventbrite.
Children's Christmas Trees
If you would like to remember a child currently resting at Springvale Botanical Cemetery this Christmas, we welcome you to add your own ornament or tribute to our dedicated Children's Christmas Trees.
Located at both the A.J.A. Gardner and E.E Simpson Children's Areas, these trees will be in place from Monday 5 December until Wednesday 4 January.
As this is a shared community space, we ask that you kindly take care not to disturb other families' tributes. Please also be mindful that ornaments or keepsakes left on the tree are done so at your own risk.
For more information, please refer to our frequently asked questions.