Memorialising or Scattering Cremated Remains in New South Wales

When thinking about what to do with the cremated remains of your loved there are just a few rules, but your possibilities are near endless. You want to remember your loved one into the future in a way that keeps their uniqueness alive with you. So, take your time in making the right decision. It needs to be the right decision for you now and also in the future.

Things to consider are:

·       Did my loved one express their wishes in what they would like done with their remains?

·       Do I want a permanent memorial place where I and other family members can visit?

·       Did other family members want to keep some of the remains.  There is no obligation for remains be kept together and they can be divided for different people and purposes.

There are endless opportunities available to you in New South Wales in relation to dealing with your loved ones cremated remains. Some are more traditional and some very unique. Take your time in considering your options and you will know what the right decision will be for you, your family and the perfect way to honour your loved one.

Here are a few ideas for you:

Cemeteries and Memorial Parks

Memorial Parks offer a number of options for cremated remains. 

  • You may choose to purchase a cremation memorial, which could be a niche in a wall, or in a garden bed. Each cemetery have various options available and you will need to contact the cemetery involved for their options and pricing.
  • Scattering of Ashes can be done in cemetery gardens. Once again please contact the cemetery you are considering for their options and pricing.


You may choose to scatter your loved ones remains. This can take place on private land, at the beach, in a river, in public parks, at sea or at a place that was significant to the deceased and families. It also depends on the personal wishes of the deceased and yourself.

The most important step to remember is to get permission.

It is vital to get permission from:

  • Owner of the private land 
  • The Trust of Parks and Reserves, or 
  • Local council for parks, beaches and playing fields 

Scattering of ashes may contravene the provisions of the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 in terms of air or water pollution. Councils and other Government Authorities will set a time and place when these activities can be undertaken and can impose other conditions.

Disposal of ashes without consent from appropriate authorities could result in legal action being taken against the person disposing of the ashes, but this can be avoided by asking permission, which is more than likely granted.  As always, follow the guideline – better to be safe than sorry.

Further, more detailed information about specific requirements for specific places please contact NSW Public Health on 1300 066 055 

Bodies of water

Keep a few extra things in mind when considering scattering in water::

  • If you are scattering from a vessel you must get permission from the boat owner to scatter. See this article about scattering from a cruise ship.  
  •  If you are at the beach or on a pier be mindful of other members of the public when scattering. 
  •  Often it is quite windy by the water, so be mindful of the direction of the wind when scattering. You don’t want to have remains scatter back to land or into anyone.
  • Never just throw the ashes container overboard as it will float. Always empty the container into the sea.

An alternative to scattering in water is to use a specifically designed urn for dispersing remains directly into a body of water. You simply place the urn into a body of water and the urn will float away with the natural tide. Over time the urn dissolves and the remains are dispersed into the water. The Eco Water Urn from The Living urn is a beautiful example.

There are a number of charter companies that offer Memorial Charters in New South Wales. 

The iconic Sydney Harbour could be your chosen place for scattering. Is so try Sydney Harbour Escapes  or My Harbour

All Point Boating will take you down the beautiful the Hawkesbury River System, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, in NSW.

General Tips

If scattering remains be mindful of the following thoughts, which will help make the experience a little easier and more pleasant for everyone.

  • Consider the container the remains are in. Containers from the crematorium are difficult to open (often with a plug that needs a flat screwdriver to lift it off) and often not easy to scatter from. Ensure you know how to open the receptacle before the moment comes to scatter.
  • Alternatively consider transferring the remains into a receptacle specifically designed for easily scattering remains, such as the Eco Scattering Urn.
  • Be aware of the direction of the wind when scattering remains. Have guests stand upwind to avoid any airborne remains blowing into family or friends.
  • Consider other people.  If scattering in a public place remember other people have every right to be there also. Be respectful and if needed, discreet. Choose a time and a place that avoids large numbers of members of the public.

Of course you can always choose to keep your loved ones remains at home with you. As we all know – there’s no place like home.

If you are after something a little outside the box the ways to create keepsakes or memorialise your loved ones through the cremated remains are endless.  Here’s just a few ideas for you.

Plant a Tree

Did your loved one enjoy the garden, or have a special place in their garden. If so why not plant a memorial tree.

The Living Urn, enables you to plant a tree, plant or flower easily with your loved ones remains, to create a special long lasting memorial.

The Australian Outback

Dust to Dust  enables nature-lovers to have their ashes scattered in the Australian outback or in a remote desert area at a special, highly personalised private ceremony.

Creating keepsake jewellery

You can have a piece of your loved one with you at all times by having some of their remains made into personal jewellery pieces.

A couple of keepsake jewellery makers are:


Thinking of getting your loved ones name or a special image tattooed onto your body?  Well now special ink can be made up with some of their remains for that special tattoo you are considering

Vinyl Record

Did your loved one have a special love of music?  If so, consider having their remains pressed into a special vinyl record.


Having a beautiful glass piece created by glass blowers which include remains. New South Wales based Glass blower, Ogishi Glass  creates some stunning pieces.

Ogishi Glass Memorial


Go out with a bang? NSW based Ashes to Ashes creates fireworks with your loved ones ashes.


Lastly, if none of these options seem enough to show your love for your loved one, why not a diamond.  Have some of their remains turned into diamonds for an everlasting personal keepsake.

Remember just a few small rules and then your options are boundless.  You will know what is the right way to scatter or memorialise your loved ones remains in a way that reflects their personality.

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