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If ever there was the perfect beach for contemplation, this is it. After pondering the past in the historic cemetery which lends this beach its name, head over the dunes and lose yourself in a world of clear rock pools and shallows.

Cemetery Beach is a favourite with local dog owners who pop down after work to let their pooches run free on this 400-metre stretch of sand. After watching the antics of our island hounds, you’ll find it hard to imagine any creature happier than a Norfolk Island sea dog. 

If Cemetery Beach’s waves make it too rough for swimming, it’s just a short stroll to the tranquil waters of Emily Bay Lagoon.

Ground view of part of Cemetery Beach at sunrise with gentle waves rolling on to the sand.
Side-on, elevated view of the beach, which has rocks at the water’s edge then golden sand. Islands visible in the distance.
Aerial view taken from out at sea looking towards the cemetery with Kingston heritage site visible in the distance through Norfolk pines.
Elevated, side-on view of the beach and the cemetery, which meets the sandy shore. Islands and Norfolk pines in the distance.
Ground view of the shore with footprints in the sand and a gentle wave rolling in.
Side-on view of the beach with a person walking their dog close to the water’s edge.
A surfer riding a wave at Cemetery Beach.
Elevated, side-on view of part of Cemetery Beach where waves lap on to rocks.
Aerial view from the back of the cemetery looking towards the sea over many raised headstones.
Elevated view of the waves and blue-green water at Cemetery Beach.Elevated view facing the sea with one Norfolk pine dominating the foreground.
Elevated view facing the sea with one Norfolk pine dominating the foreground.
Aerial view looking straight down to where the sea meets the shore that’s covered with many smooth, rounded rocks.

Destination Details

Operating Hours: 24/7

Cost: Free

Getting Here: Located at 1 Quality Row, at the eastern end of the Kingston UNESCO World Heritage Site. A 10-minute drive southwest from Burnt Pine.

Top Tips for Cemetery Beach

  • Tee off at the nearby Norfolk Island Golf Club - the perfect spot to challenge your inner golfer! 
  • Dog lovers can enjoy pooch watching here; this is Norfolk Island’s most popular off-leash beach.
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