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Friends of Toowong Cemetery

Friends of Toowong Cemetery is a volunteer group that discover and share the history and stories of Toowong Cemetery.

Toowong Cemetery main entrance Canon Garland Place Headstone Symbolism Display

Heritage‑listed Toowong Cemetery is the largest cemetery in Queensland. The first burial was of Governor Samuel Blackall on 3 January 1871. Read his and hundreds of other stories about the people who shaped Brisbane, Queensland, and Australia's history.

On this site you'll find information about:

The cemetery is maintained by the Brisbane City Council.

Things to do at Toowong Cemetery

At Toowong Cemetery you can:

Toowong Cemetery Headstone Symbolism Display

Visit Toowong Cemetery

Toowong Cemetery main entrance

Driving

Toowong Cemetery has two entrances:

Parking is available inside the cemetery.

Walking

If you're walking to Toowong Cemetery, in addition to the entries above, you can enter via:

  • the pedestrian ramp from Mt Coot-tha Road, opposite the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens. Turn right at the top of the ramp and walk downhill to go to Canon Garland Place.
  • Frederick Street gate (opposite Sleath Street) that leads onto Steel Rudd Avenue (previously 4th Avenue).
  • the many informal entries off Birdwood Terrace.

Toowong Cemetery Pedestrian Entrance

Toowong Cemetery Pedestrian Entrance off Mt Coot-tha Road. Bus stop 17, Mt Coot-tha Rd is nearby.

Public Transport

If you're using public transport to get here, use the TransLink Journey Planner to plan your trip. Be aware some results tell you to walk across the road at the Toowong roundabout - this is not safe and you may need to walk a long way to find a safe place to cross Milton Road or the Western Freeway. Options are:

  • cross Milton Road at its intersection with Morley Street.
  • cross the Western Freeway using the Canon Garland Overpass, a bike and walking bridge accessed from Anzac Park.
  • choose a bus that avoids the need to cross major roads (e.g. Routes 471, 598, 599).

When you arrive

If you enter the main entrance, you'll find:

  • Canon Garland Place named after Canon David John Garland. The Flagpole here is the departure point for our guided heritage tours.
  • a Museum operated by the Friends of Toowong Cemetery, and opened before and after our guided heritage tours
  • the Office, where Brisbane City Council staff can answer your enquiries and help locate graves and memorial sites.
  • Toilets - the only ones available in the cemetery.

Canon Garland Place

The Stone of Remembrance, Cross of Sacrifice, and Flagpole in Canon Garland Place

If you enter via the Richer Street back gate, to get to Canon Garland Place:

  • turn right into Dr. Lilian Cooper Drive (previously Boundary Road) and continue to the Shelter Shed.
  • veer left at the Shelter Shed down the one‑way William Brown Avenue (previously 14th Avenue).
  • at the end, turn right into Emma Miller Avenue (previously 8th Avenue) to arrive behind Canon Garland Place, where you can park on the right side of the road.

Toowong Cemetery Map

Toowong Cemetery Portion Map

There are 34 Portions in Toowong Cemetery, numbered 1 to 30 and also 2A, 7A, 15A, 29A. Portions contain many sectons. Each section can contain up to 80 graves. The graves in a section are usually in two rows.

Print the Toowong Cemetery Map

Toowong Cemetery Map showing Portions, Sections and key features

Toowong Cemetery Map showing Portions, Sections and key features. Toowong Cemetery Area Map © Brisbane City Council 2022, used under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Licence. Corrected on 1 October 2022 in consultation with Toowong Cemetery: Portion 10 Section, 85 and 83 swapped. Portion 7A, Sections 233a and 233b renamed to 234 and 235 respectively. Portion 30, swapped Sections 20 and 21. Road name labels added and spelling corrected.

Toowong Cemetery Road Map

Cemetery Road Warnings

  • Walter Hill Drive is one way uphill from Emma Miller Avenue to Dr. Lilian Cooper Drive.
  • William Brown Avenue is one way downhill from Dr. Lilian Cooper Drive to Emma Miller Avenue.
  • 5th Avenue is very steep from Steele Rudd Avenue up to Francis Forde Avenue near the corner of Frederick St and Birdwood Tce. 5th Avenue is not shown on Google Maps.

Road Name Changes

Some cemetery road names have recently been changed to the names of notable people buried nearby. Not all maps and signs in the cemetery have been updated to reflect these changes:

New Road Name Old Road Name Notes
Walter Hill Drive Boundary Road  running parallel to Mt Coot-tha Road
Dr Lilian Cooper Drive Boundary Road running parallel to Richer Street
Pride of Erin Drive Boundary Road running parallel to Birdwood Terrace
Francis Forde Avenue Boundary Road running parallel to Birdwood Terrace
closest to Frederick Street
Peter Jackson Parade Boundary Road running parallel to Frederick Street
furthest from the main entrance
Soldiers Parade Boundary Road running parallel to Frederick Street
closest to the main entrance
Steele Rudd Avenue 4th Avenue
Walter Ralston Avenue 7th Avenue
Emma Miller Avenue 8th Avenue behind Canon Garland Place
Charles Heaphy Drive 8th Avenue from the Shelter Shed to Emma Miller Avenue
Pat Hill Drive 8th Avenue from the Richer Street end to the Shelter Shed
O'Doherty Avenue 11th Avenue
Elizabeth Dale Walk 12th Avenue
Garland Avenue 13th Avenue
William Brown Avenue 14th Avenue
Federation Avenue 15th Avenue

Attractions nearby

Combine your visit to Toowong Cemetery with a visit to other nearby attractions:

Their Royal Highnesses, the Duke and Duchess of York enjoy a morning at Mt. Coot-tha, April 1927

Their Royal Highnesses, the Duke and Duchess of York enjoy a morning at Mt. Coot-tha, April 1927 - State Library of Queensland. The Duke of York was later King George VI, and the Duchess of York was later Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.