It may not be the most beautiful cemetery, but I’ll wager it is the most scenic in Australia. The Gerringong General Cemetery occupies a sweeping slope overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
Headstones of marble and headstones of worn crumbling sandstone. Some sites dressed with fresh wildflowers, others in a sort of faded plastic flower limbo, others still left long ago to settle into quiet disrepair. The older plots bear inscriptions dating back to the 1860s.
“When I visit the cemetery, I walk past hundreds, possibly thousands of stories now silenced. And I know that history ‘recorded’ holds the adventures that history ‘lost’ let’s slip through its fingers. And I’ve thought that I need to live a life worthy of being ‘recorded’ so that the adventure that might help another never slips through the fingers of anything.”― Craig D. Lounsbrough
Marc Hunter, the lead singer of the Australian band ‘Dragon’ who died at the age of 44 from cancer, is also buried here. A small plaque (that I could not find) marking the site.
I wondered around on the hill for a while under a searing smoke-orange sun reading the headstones, soaking the views and experiencing that settled peacefulness that can to be found in such places when you dedicate a little time and attention.