Natural Burials

Provided by our sister service 'The Natural Funeral Company'


Wirra Wonga, South Australia's first official natural burial area, is a tranquil bushland environment that offers a unique final resting place.  Together with Pilyu Yarta at Smithfield Memorial Park, provide natural earth burials with a tree or shrub planted over the grave usually within 6 months of the burial taking place.

In natural burial, the body (or cremated remains) is prepared for burial or interment without chemical preservatives and an eco friendly biodegradable coffin or casket is used. The body or remains are returned to the earth to decompose naturally and be recycled to new life.

Located at Enfield Memorial Park, Wirra Wonga, the Kaurna name for 'bush grave', has been cultivated using plants indigenous to the adjacent Folland Park Reserve and over time the bushland will become a living and lasting natural memorial.

In an endeavour to keep the habitat as natural as possible there is no physical identification at the site of burial, but accurate plotting and recording is undertaken allowing current and future generations to locate the place of burial. There are no headstones, vases or flowers at the graveside. Double graves are side by side, to avoid damaging any existing root growth.

At Wirra Wonga the names of those interred may be recorded on a communal memorial stone at the entrance to the area.  Wirra Wonga provides for both single and companion burials and the interment of cremated remains.

Natural Burial Service

Leave a smaller footprint

A eco friendly dignified service held graveside but can be adapted to a chapel service from $3,600 plus cemetery fees

The current new cemetery licence fees for Wirra Wonga at Enfield Memorial Park and Pilyu Yarta at Smithfield are $6,500 for 99 Years.

A dignified graveside service

Includes:

  • Professional services fee
  • Cardboard Eco Coffin
  • Mortuary care
  • Certified copy of death certificate
  • Floral sheaf and petals
  • 3cm Funeral Notice Adelaide Advertiser
  • Transfer from an Adelaide Public Hospital or State Coroner
  • Staff Funeral Celebrant
  • Use of hearse on day of service
  • Cemetery setup fee included

A Natural Burial is possible in any SA cemetery but planting a tree on top may not be allowed. Talk to us about your specific location or needs.

Other Options

Other service combinations :

  • Direct Burial (no formal service) $2,400 plus cemetery fee of $6,500
  • Simple Graveside Service (small eulogy) $2,895 plus cemetery fee of $6,500