The City of Karratha manages a range of cemetery related services for the community, including funeral, monument and family history inquiries.  

Guided by the City of Karratha Cemeteries Local Law 2017, the City manages several cemeteries within the district, including maintaining each of the cemeteries to ensure that they are aesthetically neat and tidy. 

The City’s customer service team can assist with all cemetery enquiries including plot reservations, burial enquires, interment of ashes and monument applications. We can provide families with contact details of funeral directors and monumental masons who can assist with funeral arrangements and monument instalments.  

Families can view our Cemetery maps and select plot sites for family members who have passed away, or reserve the plots for future interments by calling or visiting the City's Main Administration Building. 

One family member will be required to sign a Grant of Right of Burial which grants them the ‘lease’ over a plot for 25 years and may be extended for a further 25 years upon payment of the set fee. The Grant Holder must produce the relevant paperwork and provide permission for all interments and monumental approvals on the associated plot.  

A Niche Wall is situated at Karratha Cemetery for family members wishing to inter ashes. There is no crematorium in Karratha, however families can have ashes interred after cremation in Perth. 

Cemeteries are categorised as "open" cemeteries, which are those available for ongoing burials, and "closed" cemeteries. There are also historic cemeteries within the district which date back to burials conducted from the mid 1860's during the early settlement years.

Open Cemeteries in the City of Karratha 

Roebourne/Wickham Cemetery - Roebourne-Pt Samson Road, Wickham 

Karratha Cemetery - Dampier Highway, Madigan Estate 

2 Mile Cemetery - North West Coastal Highway, Roebourne (near Roebourne Race Course). A letter of support from the Ngarluma Aboriginal Corporation will be required for requests of burials at the 2 Mile Cemetery.

Closed Cemeteries in the City of Karratha 

Roebourne Town Cemetery - Andover Way, Roebourne. Any burials proposed after the date of closure will require Ministerial approval and may only be granted to existing, current grant holders 

Cossack Pioneer Cemetery, Settlers Beach Road, Cossack 

Balla Balla Cemetery, North West Coastal Highway, Whim Creek 

Whim Creek Cemetery, North West Coastal Highway. 

See the Roebourne Town Cemetery Map below for more information.   

Contact Customer Service on 9186 8555 or email cemeteries@karratha.wa.gov.au for cemetery-related enquiries. 


Grant of Right holders can apply to install memorials and headstones. Applications can be made directly to the City of Karratha or through licensed stone masons. 

The City can help with finding family member's burial sites and providing extracts of the register or copies of maps of the cemeteries. Charges may apply for this service. 

Local history research 

The City’s Local History Officer can help with research projects through https://libraries.karratha.wa.gov.au/. Family and commercial research projects may incur fees for this service. 


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