Cemeteries

Council manages five cemeteries - Cairns, Gordonvale, Babinda, Forest View and Martyn Street. These facilities provide venues for burials and memorials for ashes.

The first burial in Cairns took place on 16 December 1887 in the McLeod Street Cemetery and in that year there was a total of 15 burials. In 2006, 90 years on, there were just under 400 burials in the Cairns area.

The style and presentation of our cemeteries reflects our north Queensland culture and heritage, and our respect and dignity for family and friends who have passed on. Many of our cemeteries are located alongside waterways and feature tree-lined avenues, large open fields, war memorial gardens and walkways.

Arranging a funeral

Arranging a funeral service can be a difficult experience for many people. You should engage a Funeral Director to arrange all aspects of the funeral including burial and cremation options. The Funeral Director will make the necessary arrangements with Council on your behalf.

Please see the local telephone directory for a list of local funeral directors.

Reserving a site

Purchasing a memorial in advance allows you to select a site of your own choice. It means your family won't have to make this decision as an extremely emotional time, and ensures your wishes are carried out.

Reserving also secures the site costs at today's prices. Please note an internment fee is payable at the time of a funeral.

If you would like to pre-purchase (reserve) a site please contact Council on (07) 4044 3044 or email council@cairns.qld.gov.au.

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