Toowong Cemetery
Toowong Cemetery
4.5
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ROCKY
Queensland, Australia257 contributions
Mar 2020 • Friends
I know this sound bit scary to visit cemetery, but thats reality, we are mortal,and one day we all die.
This cemetery is very old, around more than 120k graves there,u can bring car inside and look around.
I commened everyone to visit there,in this way its reminder for us,one day we wouldbe topsoil of this earth.
Written February 19, 2021
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40044327
Brisbane, Australia640 contributions
This is an old cemetery with a number of graves of historical interest (eg. The Mayne family from the book The Mayne Inheritence), but is mainly worthwhile as a quiet place for a walk. It is quite hilly so you will get a good work out going up and down the rows. Graves are in various states of disrepair and sadly the information signs indicating those graves that are historically significant have faded out and are almost impossible to read.

Some parts are a little eerie
Written December 14, 2010
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matthewsF2416NT
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam95 contributions
Mar 2018 • Solo
Toowong Cemetery is about 160 hectares in size, located about 6 kms west of Brisbane city. It sprawls up and down through hills and gullies with old trees providing shade for the marble memories that stand as solitary reminders of who has been and gone. I have been coming here on and off for 40 years, as I a teenager I was walking through the cemetery one night and met one of the ghosts "the angel" although at the time I thought it was a crazy man and I just ran as fast as I could, years later I read a book by the ghost tour people and recognized "the angel" as that strange person who had scared me those many years ago. Regardless of that it is a beautiful place to visit night or day for walking, photography or solitude.
Written March 22, 2018
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Maddi L
Brisbane, Australia2 contributions
May 2015 • Friends
Firstly, a 5 year old child would be the only one who would have had any kind of reaction to this tour. I will dot point summarise for you:
- What information was provided about the 'residents' of Toowong cemetery was great, but the story surrounding them was a load of bullcrap. One story referred to a 'vampire' who supposedly lives in a part of the cemetery who attacks homeless men who can be seen wondering around the city with 'rake' marks on their faces and murmuring the words ''grove". Who in their right mind would believe this? a 5 year old. anyone over the age of 12 would have laughed, like i did. We stood outside the supposed area in which she lives (didn't even go in) and that was it. Move on.
- another story of a 'recreation' area in the park is said to have unmarked graves there (suicidees, murderers, rapists are said to be buried there from a while ago), this area is used for people to play and 'often' people who take their dogs for walks and let their children play in the area, i noted that this might be considered disrespectful to be standing on someones grave but no grave stones are in that area apparently, the tour guide then said "if a child is seeing playing and trips over, it would be a grave stone they have fallen over" umm, contradiction much?
- we were interrupted by some 'random' kids who were in the cemetery, obviously not knowing they weren't allowed to be there so we were steered away from that area, later on once they had left we were not able to visit the site? i.e. missing out on a 'story'
- the peter jackson grave story was okay, but the dates and facts were wrong (said on the grave stone he died aged 75 and the guide said he died at 40).
- the waging and betting of souls story is a joke, if you peer between the stone and the monument you can see him and his mates playing poker, if you're brave enough you can wager part of your soul/life......yeah........righto.....
- Not only were the stories sounding like a load of made up nonsense that any normal person would have said stretched the truth but (there was great historical information in there) nothing was scary and it all seemed a bit stretched or just completely made up. The bulletproof glass on the temple of peace, my friend installs glass and said that there was no way that was bulletproof.
-The statue that moves.....well thats a lie, such an unrealistic story. Sounds like a bed time story.
- There were no 'ghost' stories, there was only about 3 interesting graves, nothing was scary and nothing jumped out or moved.
- I would suggest turning these 'ghost tours' into ghost attractions/amusements/fright nights, like have things jump out or have a 'vampire' in the grove who you can see walking around, or the lady in lace walk up the road
- The other thing i'd like to mention is the fact that every time i tried to look around/ look at other graves I was stopped and asked 'if there was a problem', yes, my problem is that i was bored with your seemingly made up stories and I can't look around at nearby graves/graves we were passing. I don't want to run off by myself but id love to be able to stop and have a look at interesting/any other graves. I felt hurried along and like i was being treated as child.
- 0 scare factor except for my friends/other people stirring each other up, missed out on a few sites as well which was disappointing when we read through the booklet later.
- The guide was okay, but for an 'actor' could have a better/functional/creepy character to play (coming from 5 years studying at WAAPA), he just seemed to remember the dates and names well.

Overall, it was a spur of the moment thing, I had been planning on doing a few ghost amusement/tours for a long time and had been building up my expectations and was let down so much. I felt deflated, bored and over all unamused. It was not worth the $40 each for this 'experience'. I would have much preferred going in with my family/friends by our selves and reading the tomb stones/ history plaques and stirring each other up that way.
The only good thing i can say was that there was information and history provided which is somewhat educational (not that i remember much of it).
Not scary.
Not fun.
Not an experience.
Not worth it.
I'd rather risk the illegality of entering a cemetery after dark than pay that much money again for a let down experience.
I will be suggesting to my 250+ clients to never go to this.
Written May 4, 2015
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Gregor
Vienna, Austria14 contributions
May 2017
On my way to Mount Coot-Tha I accidentally ran into this impressive historic cemetery. The state of abandoned graves that partly date back to deaths in the late 19th century is an impressive reminder of momentariness. It may well be possible to spend half an afternoon when exploring the vast area. Every other tombstone tells interesting to touching stories. The gothic feeling in the exotic setting makes for a memorable surrounding. Many photo motives guaranteed. If all this is not of interest, it's a large peaceful area to have a walk and contemplate. Definitely worth a visit.
Written May 8, 2017
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Juliet_Manning
Brisbane, Australia21 contributions
Feb 2016 • Couples
Beautiful grounds and peaceful place to walk around. Calm in the city with some of the oldest grounds.
Written January 9, 2017
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emtrey
Enford, UK4,569 contributions
Oct 2015 • Couples
If like me you like exploring cemeteries and looking for interesting people and gravestones, then Toowong is awesome. Its one of the biggest I've seen and there is such a variety of headstones. Its so big that the access roads all have street names!
I didn't take much of a look around as we were there for one purpose only, and that was to find my other half's 2xGreat Grand Aunt Hannah Russell and her family. We had come all the way from England but I forgot to bring a printout of the plot. All was not lost as I have findagrave on my phone and i looked up the plot details on that. It told us they were in Portion: 18 Section: 034 Grave: 020 & 021. Now this is where it gets spooky - being that the cemetery was huge and we didn't have a map, on the drive down from the gate the only portion number I had noticed was 18 so I immediately knew where that was. However, even in that portion there were hundreds of graves and we couldn't find a sign telling us the section anywhere. We were walking along the road looking for a sign when a couple of headstones down the hill from us looked interesting. I said to my partner, I'm just gonna have a look at those headstones down there a minute and went to look at them. Imagine my surprise when they were Hannah's and her daughter's headstones! I shouted my partner down and she was gobsmacked - she was like "How on earth have we found them just like that in the middle of these thousands of graves!". It was all a bit strange but we were so glad we found them and didn't have to spend all day hunting up and down. We said our hellos and gave the graves a little tidy. My partner was so please to have found them.
Written November 10, 2015
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Cindy B
Washington DC, DC33 contributions
Aug 2014 • Family
Getting in was a little challenging because of the roads that have been built around this very old landmark, but once inside we were able to find our ancestors among the 19th century graves. Sad to see so many resting places poorly maintained, but in all a lovely place.
Written August 11, 2014
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Glen-Hannan
Brisbane, Australia49 contributions
Mar 2019 • Business
Apparently- people are dying to come here. It’s the dead centre of Brisbane. There is a train line being put in shortly- the sleepers are already laid.
Written February 14, 2020
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DEK_29
Brisbane, Australia1,087 contributions
Mar 2018 • Couples
I grow up not fr from this cemetery, I have walked through and driven past it as well. The cemetery is one of Brisbane's oldest and is quite historic. A lot of the older graves are starting to look run down (which is the curse of every cemetery when there is no relatives to look after the graves). A lot of the larger graves were for the prominent people of Brisbane at the time and reflect their socioeconomic status. It is always fascinating walking around a cemetery.
Written February 27, 2019
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Toowong Cemetery, Brisbane