The cheapest and most expensive capital cities in Australia to hold a funeral have been revealed by comparison website Finder.

This was determined by comparing the burial/cremation ceremony costs from major funeral providers in each capital city, excluding Darwin.

The most expensive city to hold a funeral was found to be Perth, with an average cost of $8,261. This was followed by Hobart ($7,588) and Melbourne ($7,581). The cheapest city was Brisbane, with an average cost of $6,728.

Most expensive cities to hold a funeral: 

  1. Perth
  2. Hobart
  3. Melbourne
  4. Canberra
  5. Adelaide
  6. Sydney
  7. Brisbane

“Private funerals typically cost somewhere in the region of $4,000 for a basic cremation up to $15,000 for a more elaborate burial,” Finder’s Nicola Middlemiss explained.

“Luckily, there are plenty of ways to reduce costs while still having a respectful send-off,” she added.


These include avoiding peak times, holding a weekday service (weekend services can be more expensive), choosing cremation (burials are more expensive than cremations), reducing extras (keeping funeral cars/newspaper notices to a minimum), comparing providers and getting quotes from various funeral providers.

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