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Themed Tours

Our themed tours are a sensational way of discovering Geelong’s historic characters and our monumental Geelong Eastern Cemetery at the same time. The cemetery is in its 181st year of operation since the first burial of Hugh Niven in 1839 and holds a host of amazing stories waiting to be discovered.

School Or Community Group Tours

The cemetery can be a very curious subject to children and adults and can often be depicted as a scary place through media, however this could not be more further from the truth. Cemeteries hold amazing stories of souls of our past and can provide a great insight into the history of the town that hosts it.

History Alive - Eastern Cemetery
Self Guided Tour

For those who are unable to attend our popular History Alive tours, the Geelong Cemeteries Trust has now created a self-guided walk of the History Alive tour within the historical sections of the Geelong Eastern Cemetery. 

Visit some of the graves of our pioneers and read their story. All you need is a smart phone or tablet with a Quick Response (QR) reader downloaded, and you can follow the same trail that Captain Foster Fyans and James Harrison guides you through on the full tour.

Click here for more information and to access the QR code.

History Alive Themed Cemetery Tours

The History Alive Tours will be running again in October and November 2022. Let notable figures from Geelong’s past guide you through the historical sections of the Geelong Eastern Cemetery, Geelong Western Cemetery & Queenscliff Cemetery.

Tickets available to purchase now! Click on the orange links below to book.

Geelong Eastern Cemetery 

22nd October – History Under The Peppercorns – Seated Tour (Morning) 

29th October – History Under The Peppercorns – Seated Tour (Morning) – SOLD OUT

29th October – History Under The Peppercorns – Seated Tour (Afternoon) 

12th November – Themed Cemetery Tour (Morning)

12th November – Themed Cemetery Tour (Afternoon) – SOLD OUT

Geelong Western Cemetery 

5th November – Themed Cemetery Tour (Morning) – SOLD OUT

5th November – Themed Cemetery Tour (Afternoon) 

Queenscliff Cemetery 

19th November – Themed Cemetery Tour (Morning) – SOLD OUT

19th November – Themed Cemetery Tour (Afternoon) – SOLD OUT

Tickets can also be purchased through contacting Geelong Cemeteries Trust on 03 5249 3939 or

The cost of the tickets are $17 per person

Limited tickets available. 

Self-guided tours can be conducted anytime at our Geelong Eastern Cemetery using the QR codes available.

Terms & Conditions: The History Alive Tours are suitable for a range of ages, however patrons under 18 must be accompanied by an adult and parent discretion is advised. Please note that with some tours, a fair amount of walking is required through the old sections of the cemetery, on a range of different surfaces including grass and gravel which may be uneven and have restricted wheelchair access in some pathways. To ensure Tours are completed on time, and all patrons experience the interactive element to the Tours, patrons are requested to stay close to the tour guide. Please note that tickets are not refundable except in the event that the Trust cancels a Tour – at which time all patrons will be notified in advance and fees will be refunded. As these Tours are performed outside, it is recommended to dress for the forecasted weather and if needed, bring your own umbrella. Your booking can only be confirmed once payment is made. All personal information provided will not be used for any purpose other than to book the Tour. Tours are strictly alcohol and drug free. The Trust reserves the right to refuse entry to those under the influence and those behaving in a manner that may disrupt the Tours. The tour guides and actors receive a fee for their service, and any funds remaining from this program will be used for future memorial restoration projects as determined by the Trust.