Karrakatta Cemetery

Karrakatta Cemetery first opened for burials in 1899. This historic cemetery is the final resting place of many thousands of West 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 the 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.

Funeral Protocol

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.


The Metropolitan Cemeteries Board is committed to maintaining its cemeteries and memorial gardens to a high standard. Following an extensive community consultation, a revised policy was developed in 2011. We thank visitors for observing the conditions described in the policy.