This historic cemetery serviced the Prince Henry Coast Hospital in the late 19th Century. Those interred here suffered from small pox and other infectious diseases. Quarantined at the hospital to avoid infecting the general populace, the cemetery is now a monument to the history of colonisation in Australia.

 

 {Check out our write up on nearby Bare Island}

 

How to Get To The Coast Hospital Cemetery

Address

Entrance to the Cemetery is via the Cemetery Trail. Head East on Cape Banks Road until you reach the bend before the pistol range and Rescue Helicopter Service. There is no official parking but the embankment is large enough  to park a car in places. The cemetery proper is a few hundred meters down the trail.

Alternative

If you are walking the Henry Head / Cape Bank Circuit, the cemetery is north of Cape Banks along the Cape Banks Trail before you reach the Coastal Walk.

Map

Here it is on google maps. Alternatively, this national parks PDF map is quite useful.

Parking

There is no dedicated parking here, but you can try parking on the embankment.

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Historic Significance

The Coast Hospital Cemetery is of significant historical importance to the story of European colonisation of Australia, and the indigenous population. Disease, illness and internment was a common occurrence in early colonial communities, and the effects on both the new and ancient populations can still be felt today in the way our communities have been shaped.

Indigenous ancestral remains, once shown off at various museums here and abroad, now find there final resting place within the cemetery grounds.

 

Nearby Attractions

Cape Banks

South of the Cemetery, Cape Banks has several points of interest, including the SS Minmi shipwreck and an aquatic nature reserve (Find out more information).

Henry Head

West of Cape Banks, Henry Head is the location of several World War II bunkers and the Endeavour Lighthouse (Find out more information).