View the Karrakatta Cemetery Facilities Brochure.
For an overview of the Cemetery Renewal Program at Karrakatta Cemetery please click here.
Karrakatta Cemetery first opened for burials in 1899. This historic cemetery is the final resting place of many thousands of Western Australians. Monuments and headstones bear many famous names including those of university founders, writers and historians, state premiers and other auspicious individuals.
The cemetery is centrally located just seven kilometres west of Perth city centre and is easily accessible by car or train.
Stately stands of cypress trees – a hallmark of Karrakatta – flank the main driveway off Railway Road and preside over beautiful garden areas in the historic heart of the cemetery.
At Karrakatta, there is to be a maximum of five cars in the funeral cortege – the hearse and four other cars. This limit is set for safety reasons and also to minimise traffic congestion within the cemetery. The funeral cortege will arrive at the main driveway where it will wait until the scheduled time. Mourners can wait at the ‘waiting house’ (near the café) and then follow on foot behind the cars and proceed to the chapel or burial area.
Flower and Ornament Policy
The Metropolitan Cemeteries Board is committed to maintaining its cemeteries and memorial gardens to a high standard.
Following an extensive community consultation exercise, a revised policy was developed in 2011.
We thank our visitors for observing the conditions described in the policy.
Whilst artificial tributes do have an environmental impact and the placement of fresh tributes is preferred, the Board recognises that many families prefer artificial tributes and, as such, their placement is respected as being an integral part of the grieving process.
When placing new tributes, we would ask that plastic wrapping be removed and withered/weathered tributes be placed within one of the rubbish bins located throughout the cemeteries.
Visitors to burial sections are advised that the FLOWER AND ORNAMENT MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE 2019 can be viewed here. A general clean up of withered/weathered tributes will commence in the sections listed within the schedule on the dates indicated. Signage is placed in each section approximately one month prior to maintenance commencing. We ask for your assistance in removing any personal items or withered/weathered items prior to our staff having to do so.
The MCB's Flower and Ornament Policy can be downloaded here. Alternatively, please contact Client Services on 1300 793 109 if you prefer to have a copy mailed to you.
For more information about the Flower and Ornament Policy Review, click here.