IT may be home to the dead but tourism is alive at Australia’s oldest operating cemetery.

New figures show a record 11,547 people visited West Terrace Cemetery last year — a 48 per cent rise in 12 months and nearly triple tourist numbers in four years, according to

The cemetery said the spike in “cemetery tourism” came after a successful push to improve safety at the 177-year-old site, located in the city’s west, and the introduction of popular tourist walks and guided tours.

“The majority of people go to cemeteries when they have to and not have that clear reflection when they grieve,” said Adelaide Cemeteries Authority chief executive Robert Pitt.

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