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 on electronic 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 Tour

The History Alive Tours are now running from October 2021. Click on the link to book as places are limited.

Eastern Cemetery

3rd October – Meet the Women (Morning) 

3rd October – Meet the Women (Afternoon) 

17th October – Meet Geelong’s Prominent Pioneers

31st October – Meet Geelong’s Champions of Sport, Industry and Culture

Western Cemetery

10th October – A Walk Through Geelong’s History (Morning)

10th October – A Walk Through Geelong’s History (Afternoon)

To purchase tickets please click on the event to be taken to ticket details or contact the Geelong Cemeteries Trust by calling 03 5249 3939 or emailing

Limited tickets available.

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