Explore our park

Centennial Park is affectionately known as the cemetery on top of the hill and we take pride in being South Australia’s largest cemetery and provider of cremation, burial, memorial and chapel services.  Consisting of 40 hectares (100 acres) of grounds we have been proudly serving the community of South Australia since 1936.

Our first burial occurred in 1938. By the end of April 1939, there had only been 34 burials at Centennial Park. 50 years later in 1988 we had conducted 1,285 burials and 3,262 cremations. By the end of June 2015, nearly 80 years after our establishment this number has increased to 88,391 burials and 162,442 cremations.

Whether it was because we were one of the first cemeteries to build a crematorium separate from its chapels, or the first cemetery in South Australia to develop a dedicated children’s section, we have always been renowned for our ground breaking initiatives. Our history is filled with many interesting facts and our grounds are open to the public every day of the year, so anyone can pay tribute to loved ones and explore all that is on offer.

Map of Centennial Park

Contemplation Court

Built in the late 1990s Contemplation Court is a unique facility in South Australia that allows family and friends to visit loved ones for several months after cremation until final decisions are made. Centennial Park recognised that without a physical place to visit and reflect people can feel lost, particularly in the early stages of the grieving process. Contemplation Court is a courtesy transitional memorial service provided to the families of those who have been cremated at Centennial Park.

Jubilee Complex

Situated at the heart of Centennial Park is the award winning Jubilee Complex.  Designed by local architect Geof Nairn the Jubilee Complex was developed to accommodate multi-denominational funeral services.  The Jubilee Complex was one of the first buildings that separated chapel services from cremation services. The arrangement of the Jubilee Complex is designed to provide comfortable contemplative sanctuaries for our visitors.  The Jubilee Complex was one of the first buildings that provided shelter for mourners before and after services and improved pedestrian flow, allowing visitors to enter through a main foyer and then flow into their own reflective sanctuary.

Made from Donnybrook sandstone, The Jubilee Complex is an example of 1980s Post-Modern style architecture and has won many awards including  the 1987 BOMA Award, the Royal Australian Institute of Architects (SA Chapter) 1987 Award of Merit and the Enduring Architecture Award 2015.

To find out more about the chapels located in the Jubilee Complex please click on chapels 

Garden of Remembrance

Located adjacent to Derrick Gardens is the Office of Australian War Graves.   Situated within this area is the Garden of Remembrance, which is an official government commemoration space for service personnel.  In instances where families have chosen to scatter the ashes of their veteran loved one, The Garden of Remembrance is intended to publicly commemorate anyone who was entitled to a war grave headstone but did not use it.

Providing an ambiance of peace and tranquility, veterans are commemorated in the company of those with whom they served.  The Garden of Remembrance has a plaque capacity of 30,000, and does not have a provisions for remains or ashes.

Large brass replicas of an aeroplane propeller, a ship’s wheel and a gun carriage wheel, representing the three services, flank the approaching road to the Garden of Remembrance.

Environmental Commitment

In recent years our environmental initiatives have won many accolades including the United Nations World Environment Day Award. We are an environmental leader in the Australian cemetery and crematoria industry. Environmental sustainability and the reduction of our carbon footprint forms part of our continued efforts to be a good corporate citizen.

We were  the first cemetery in Australia to undertake annual carbon emission audits and to manage our entire greenhouse emissions through the purchase of certified carbon credits ensuring that what Centennial Park cannot eliminate is offset. We openly communicate and share our initiatives with other cemeteries and the broader business community, providing expertise to assist them in improving their own environmental performance.

Since 2007 we have successfully reduced carbon emissions by 23.9%, reduced waste to landfill by 32.1%, electricity consumption by 42% and reliance on mains water by 16.4%.

Derrick Gardens & The Cross of Remembrance

Derrick Gardens holds a very special place in the heart of many South Australians. Established in 1956 Derrick Gardens is a specifically designated area for returned or current service personnel. Unlike traditional upright headstones, Derrick Gardens is fitted with sloping Dutch foot-stools meaning individuals are interred with a memorial marker at the foot of their grave. This ensures that the fallen soldiers laid to rest in Derrick Gardens face the morning sunrise.

Our annual Remembrance Day Service takes place in Derrick Gardens and is a time honoured tradition that commemorates the courage and sacrifices of the Australian men and women who have fallen and served in times of war. Our service takes place in Derrick Gardens beneath two pine trees that are grown from the seeds from Lone Pine in Turkey, the site of Australia’s main war memorial in Gallipoli where the Battle of Lone Pine was fought in 1915.  Australian flags adorn more than 3500 memorial headstones, providing a moving backdrop for the service.

Cross of Remembrance

The Cross of Remembrance stands as a symbol of service and sacrifice for all those who served their country in times of war. Surrounding the Cross of Remembrance is a lush hedge of rosemary. Planted Remembrance Day 2000 by Mrs. Thelma Tregoweth, the wife of an ANZAC veteran, this rosemary bush is a descendant of those growing at ANZAC Cove.

Emergency Services Memorial

Our Emergency Services Memorial is dedicated in honour of the the South Australian men and women who serve in the emergency services. Situated near our tropical garden the Emergency Services Memorial is a space to commemorate and remember those who have lost their lives in service to the state of South Australia. Emergency Services includes both the professional and volunteer based organisations.

Map of Centennial Park