Pinnaroo Valley Memorial Park and Pinnaroo Café, Padbury

Published by: Georgia on 31st Jul 2014 | View all blogs by Georgia

I never imagined I would visit a cemetery to watch kangaroos grazing … but since discovering it I’ve taken every foreign visitor of mine there to witness this amazing sight for free.


Before you think I am a touch weird, bear with me. Pinnaroo Valley Memorial Park is not a morbid or creepy place at all – in fact it is a collection of peaceful gardens with rolling lawns and water features, interspersed with natural bushland that has been tastefully landscaped to create an overall beautiful and dignified place to honour the departed.

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The main entrance to the park is on Whitfords Avenue, with another exit/entrance on Gibson Avenue. The winding roads within the park meander past the various ‘courtyards’ where you can see scatterings of floral tributes and memorial plaques discreetly placed in the grass. No headstones or monuments are permitted – only flat memorial plaques. This policy ensures that the natural bushland environment is retained.

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The courtyards are named after Australian fauna, e.g. Zamia Court, Acacia Court and Cassia Court. If you drive slowly through the park you will eventually come full circle back to where you started, but there are clear signs along the way too to guide you. There are parking spots along the way, or you can simply do a slow drive through the park with your windows wound down to see the kangaroos. The speed limit is 20 at all times.


At most times of the day you can spot whole herds of kangaroos grazing on the lawns and amongst the native trees and plants. The best times are before or after the real heat of the day. They move around so you aren’t guaranteed to see them in the same spot twice, but I have never been disappointed.

The place is so beautiful that you are naturally inclined to respect the peace, but it’s obvious that allowing kids to run wild and be too loud on the lawns would be inappropriate. As for the kangaroos – you also need to respect their space, for your safety as well as not wanting to scare them. And do not try to feed them or touch them. But with caution you are able to come as close as 5­–10m and observe them munching grass or nursing their babies. At certain times of the year I have seen baby Joeys with their heads sticking out of pouches. Every now and then a kangaroo will bounce off across the grass. As someone still fairly new to Aussie animals, it’s a wonderful experience to observe them so closely!


There are a few shelters in the park with toilet facilities and also benches to rest on. Near the main entrance there is a Chapel and Crematorium that have daily services and ceremonies, and nearby is a small café called Pinnaroo Café.


I was pleasantly surprised to stumble across this café, which looks out over a rolling lawn where kangaroos often graze. It mainly serves people who are attending services at the park, but it is also open to the public. Again, kids running wild would be disrespectful, but the café has a fantastic kids corner to keep them entertained. It is enclosed for small children, and is bursting witha variety of toys and also has colouring-in pencils and paper for older kids.

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There are several large tables inside with some rustic ones on the patio that have shade umbrellas. Inside there are also a few comfortable armchairs and sofas.




The café serves good coffees as well as other beverages, and has a wide range of yummy cakes, biscuits and sweet offerings. There are also some ready-made savoury choices on display such as sandwiches and wraps, and a few specials which change daily, e.g. soup and bread. There is no formal menu as such, nor is there a kids’ menu – it’s a simple café but I loved the relaxed and friendly atmosphere.



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  • Jodie
    by Jodie 3 years ago
    As a mum of a baby who is burie there I actually want to say I find this really disrespectful. Yes it is beautiful but it is a place many people go to mourn and be with their loved ones. Often we are tryiong to have a moment with our baby and are interrupted by people wanting to take photos of kangaroos, talking loudly, people who don't follow rules, bring in balls and are completely rude. I love my kids spending time there so understand others watning to as well, but people also need to be respectful of what it actually is. And respect those going to servces, or wanting to be with loved ones
  • xrfordgal
    by xrfordgal 3 years ago
    Well said Jodie. I for one will be respecting those who go there for the reason it was created & not visiting. I'm very sorry for your loss.
  • Candice
    by Candice 3 years ago
    Completely agree, my 4.5 month old was cremated there and although her ashes are at home with us, the pain of losing a loved one, especially when it's your child is the worst pain possible.
  • Elle
    by Elle 1 year ago
    I have a 4 month old baby daughter buried at Pinnaroo as well as my mother & friends, so I understand the need to be considerate & sensitive when coming here, wether it's to see the kangaroos, enjoy the serenity, visit the cafe or to spend some time with loved ones who have passed. I come here often to do all of these things & would like to offer my thoughts please. I think that most people are respectful, especially where there is a service or it is obvious that someone is spending time with loved ones. Yes, I have found some people take photos & talk loudly (mostly tourists who may have different cultures or understanding) but most people are respectful. I actually love to see children joyfully playing anywhere within the park & don't mind their loud cries of delight because I thank goodness that they can & that they are happy & healthy. So, for me, please come. Bring your beautiful children to this wonderful place. I'm not suggesting that the views of others is not right, nor am I intending to be disrespectful to them. I know the pain of mourning, especially a child. I'm just saying how I feel.
  • Claire Bear
    by Claire Bear 1 year ago
    Elle, I couldn't agree with you more... My younger brother and grandparents are all buried at Pinnaroo. My mother likes to take my sone who is two to go and observe Kangaroos and spend time where her parents and son are buried. SHe has on occasion taken visitors from overseas to witness the amazing serentiy and mobs of Kangaroos.
    My little boy asked me just the other day if we could go to uncle Kim's park to see the Kangaroos... I am going to take him there as he never got to meet his uncle. It is somewhere that I can go and have some peace to reflect on my younger brother's life and to share special moments with my son. I always tell him that there may be people there who are sad so he needs to be quiet, he is only 2 and manages to do this easily.
    I feel that as long as people respect that Pinnaroo is a memorial park, a place of burial, rememberance, reflection and mourning then they should be welcome to attend and see just how amazing it is. Not all people grieve in the same way and nobody is right or wrong... People just need to remember to respect others and how they potentially may be feeling...
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