About Rookwood

Steeped in history and reflecting the cultural diversity of wider Sydney, Rookwood Cemetery is a tranquil and fascinating place of historical significance, and considerable natural and built beauty.

With a total area similar in size to the Sydney CBD, Rookwood is the largest cemetery in the southern hemisphere and the largest Victorian cemetery in the world.

Having been established in 1867, today it is the final resting place for more than a million people.

Each year over 1,900 interments and commemorations are performed, representing over 90 different religious and cultural groups.

Watch a film on the history of Rookwood Cemetery.

About Rookwood General Cemeteries Reserve Trust

Rookwood General Cemeteries Reserve Trust (RGCRT) is custodian to two-thirds of Rookwood Cemetery – an area of 190 hectares. The remainder is managed by the Catholic Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust (CMCT) and the Rookwood Memorial Gardens and Crematorium.

We were established in 2012 to unite the former Anglican, General, Independent, Jewish and Muslim Trusts that previously managed Rookwood.  With this in mind, we are passionate about equality for everyone who chooses Rookwood to farewell and remember loved ones.

Since the amalgamation, RGCRT has transformed into a stronger, more unified organisation – a process that will continue as we implement the requirements of the new Cemeteries and Crematoria Act 2013, under which we operate.

Our Vision

Our vision is realising our full potential to create a sustainable future, whilst considering cultural diversity and spiritually engaging with the communities that use the historically rich and iconic Rookwood Cemetery.

Our Mission

Rookwood General Cemeteries Reserve Trust (RGCRT) is a community minded, innovative trust that works in collaboration with all stakeholders to encourage best practice standards within the funeral industry.  We have a modern approach to managing Rookwood as a sustainable resource and heritage site, remaining proactive in environmental awareness and preservation, while conserving its history.

Our Values

Our three key values are:

  • Respect

    We engage the community with sensitivity, empathy, integrity and dignity. 

  • Reflect

    We honour loved ones by providing a unique, diverse and historical place of rest. 

  • Remember

    We provide honest, professional and equitable services through burial and memorialisation.


Hawthorne Ave, Rookwood NSW 2141 (north of Necropolis Drive) 
PO Box 291, Lidcombe, NSW 1825

(02) 8575 8100



Mon - Fri: 7:30AM - 17:00PM
Sat & Sun: 09:00AM - 15:00PM
Public Holidays contact office for opening hours