Helping families to celebrate the life and memories of a loved one

Yan Yean Cemetery is one of the oldest and
most multicultural working cemeteries in Australia.



Extreme rain events have impacted parts of the cemetery grounds. Please note that areas within the grounds may be holding surface water and may be slippery and/or unstable. Take all reasonable care when visiting.

Management acknowledges these circumstances and are currently engaging with suitable industry service providers to undertake a program of progressive infrastructure works to manage these circumstances.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to enhance the grounds.

Yan Yean Cemetery Trust



Magpie swooping season has started and we have many Magpies who make their home in the trees of the Cemetery. Take all reasonable care when visiting.

Some Tips that may assist whilst visiting:

* Keep alert and pay attention for any magpie nesting sites.
* Travel in groups where possible as the birds often target individuals.
* Keep an ear open for their distinctive calls.
* Wear sun glasses and with a hat to protect your head and eyes.
* If a magpie swoops while you are cycling, it will probably stop swooping if you get off your bike and walk.
* If you spot a magpie nesting site then stay well clear and even plan alternative routes.
* Remember magpies are urban species too, so there is generally no escaping them!
* If you get swooped then tell others, log the attack here and inform your local council.
* Do not provoke the magpies, they are very territorial and will protect their nests.
* Try making friends with the magpies by feeding them with raw mince, slithers of steak and some readers have suggested cat food works too.
* Wear a wide-brimmed hat or carry an umbrella.
* It is important to try to stay calm, if you panic and flap then this is more likely to appear as aggressive behaviour and provoke a further attack.
* Try to protect your eyes with your hands, those large beaks are very sharp and eye injuries have been previously recorded.

Yan Yean Cemetery is a place where family and friends can come to reflect, honour and pay tribute to their loved ones in a tranquil, calming environment.

Yan Yean Cemetery is located just outside of Whittlesea, 53 kms from Melbourne’s CBD. The cemetery is surrounded by rolling green hills and pastures. Its peaceful scenic well-kept grounds are home to over 9000 interments on an established 10 acres.

Yan Yean Cemetery offers new grave sites, as well as unused spaces in existing family plots. Our memorial options for cremated remains include our attractive rose gardens and memorial niche under already established trees.

Yan Yean Cemetery Strangers Stone
Yan Yean Cemetery Office
Yan Yean Cemetery Sexton's Hut
Yan Yean Cemetery Sexton's Hut


Services can be held in our contemporary chapel, located in the centre of the grounds with available parking nearby and also on Cades Road.
The Trust is committed to its responsibility to the perpetual maintenance of the cemetery, to serve the local community by providing interment and memorialisation options to support the needs of our diverse community.

A place to honour those lost!

Yan Yean Cemetery provides beautiful memorial gardens and undulating hills of lawn memorials surrounded by farmland that provides a tranquil setting to come and remember.


Yan Yean Cemetery's grounds tell a story of Whittlesea's history and cultural diversity, while its peaceful setting and artistic monuments make Yan Yean a fascinating place to visit all year round.

Yan Yean Cemetery site map
Yan Yean Cemetery


Our Gazebo allows families to sit undercover when holding a wake or visiting a loved one.

It is close to toilets – including accessible access.

In consideration of other mourners, the cemetery requires that patrons/caterers remove their rubbish when leaving.

Bookings are not taken for this facility. However, the office should be informed of the intended day and time of use, as the gazebo is in close proximity to grave-sites and a funeral may be booked on the same day. Funerals will take priority.

Please be considerate and respectful.

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