About Christmas Island
The Australian territory of Christmas Island lies in the Indian Ocean, 2600 km northwest of Perth and 500 km south of the Indonesian capital, Jakarta.
With an area of 85 square kilometres, Christmas Island National Park takes up almost two-thirds of the island and extends into the seas around the island. It is home to rainforests, wetlands, coral reefs and a huge number of endemic species.
Visitors come to experience:
- the world-renowned red crab migration
- scuba diving and snorkelling
- the island’s unique culture
- photography safaris
- the rugged cliffs and beaches.
The only nature conservation area on the island, the national park was set up to ensure Christmas Island’s ecosystems and significant species are protected. It is managed by the Australian Government through Parks Australia.
There is no entry fee for visitors to the park.
Parks Australia also looks after Pulu Keeling National Park in the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, another of Australia’s Indian Ocean territories.