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ANZAC Day on Christmas Island

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This ANZAC Day, we thought you might be interested to hear how the day is spent on Christmas Island, so we asked a veteran of the event, Dave Billcliff, better known to everyone as Barney, a Kiwi who spent 20 years on the island, presenting at many of our ANZAC Day services – giving us all a Kiwi perspective to the day. Christmas Island played a reasonably significant role during WWII, at the time under British rule. The island was of strategic importance to Japan for the mining of phosphate and as a possible seaplane base and being so isolated, was...
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  • Ian Foster
    Ian Foster says #
    There was quite a bit of action around and on Christmas Island (the US Navy's part is rather dramatic and poignant) and in my tim

Love is in the air… on Dolly Beach

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Cameron Keen wanted somewhere special to propose to his girlfriend. Conditions had to be just right. After considerable research, some inspiration from photographer friend Chris Bray, Cameron settled on Dolly Beach, and surprised girlfriend Georgy with a trip to Christmas Island. We spoke to them both about the experience – and find out the result… did she say yes? How did you first hear about Christmas Island? Cameron: I was at a photography course that is organised by Chris Bray and after the course we got information on some photography safaris that Chris runs and Christmas Island was one of the...
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    Braden says #
    (Crab) "I want some of your food cam" graaa

Serena Renner's first impressions of Christmas Island

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Travel writer Serena Renner visited Christmas Island recently for the first time, and we caught up with her to ask her about her first impressions of the island… What did you know about Christmas Island before you arrived here? I didn't know much about Christmas Island before my trip besides the controversies surrounding the detention centre and that the famous Christmas Island red crab migration kicked off, coincidentally, around Christmas. I was also told the diving was good and I knew the island, like its sister Cocos, was quite far from mainland Australia. What was the first thing that struck you...
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Travel writer Daniel Scott visited Christmas Island last year, and was pretty taken with the place. We asked him about his first impressions of the island, and here are his very heartfelt responses. What did you know about Christmas Island before you arrived here? Obviously it was the recent history of the island as a detention centre and goal for asylum seekers travelling by boat to look for a new life in Australia. I did know about the crab migration and that whale sharks came past but imagined the island to be low-lying and typically tropical, not as volcanic in shape...
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Growing up on Christmas Island

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Christmas Island is a unique place. People who visit the island – whether for a short holiday or as a long-term resident, are left with a lasting impression. To find out what exactly makes this island so special, we thought we’d ask former resident Carl Vogelsang, who grew up here before moving to Queensland in his late teens. Carl moved to Christmas Island in 1970 at the age of 4, and left as a teenager in the mid-1980s. If anyone asks him where he comes from, he still tells them; “Christmas Island”. Here’s Carl’s story. I arrived at Christmas Island in...
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  • Fairlie
    Fairlie says #
    Hello Carl I also was born on Christmas Island. I was only there for a short time but my sister was 6 when we left and spoke fluen
  • Andrew Trainer
    Andrew Trainer says #
    Excellent, thanks Carl. Andrew Trainer (next door neighbour 1979-84)
  • Debbie Parr X Rawlinson
    Debbie Parr X Rawlinson says #
    How exciting to read your story about your love of Christmas Island. I was born there in 1955 and had to become an Australian citi

The red crab migration reaches its climax this week!

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A climax has been reached for Christmas Island’s crabs as the final day of spawning kicked off this morning just before dawn. Female crabs were seen in their millions, carpeting the cliffs and beaches of he island as they each tentatively tiptoed into the water and shook off their large sacks of eggs into the outgoing tide. Island residents and some very happy visitors got up bright and early to watch the spectacle and they were not disappointed. The first few female crabs shimmied off their egg sacks on Tuesday morning, followed by a considerably larger group on Wednesday, and the...
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  • Wayne Hall
    Wayne Hall says #
    This sounds so neat! I hope maybe one day I'll afford to see it in person.
Recognised globally as one of the world’s great animal migrations, Christmas Island’s red crab migration is a spectacular event, and it’s about to reach its climax in a few short days. Tens of millions of red crabs have marched down from the rainforest to the ocean’s edge, and in a few days, the migration culminates in the mass spawning where millions of female crabs release their eggs into the sea. The exact spawning date each year is reasonably easy to predict once we have had sufficient rainfall for the migration to commence. The females generally spawn on an outgoing pre-dawn tide,...
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  • Bob
    Bob says #
    are you wake up at 4.00 am ladies ?
What’s that like? It’s very, very Christmassy, in its own special way. While people all over the world are putting the finishing touches to their Christmas decorations, here on the island named after Christmas, the whole island is decorated. And red is the predominant colour. Everywhere you look, whether it be in the rainforest, in the sky or even in the water, our island’s unique creatures are embracing the festive spirit. We love this time of year. It’s as if someone has draped the island in the traditional Christmas colours of red and green - the combined effect of millions...
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Christmas Island Heritage explored at Tai Jin House

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Christmas Island has a fascinating story to tell, from its early discovery and European settlement in 1898, to present day, there has been plenty of drama to match its dramatic landscape and unique wildlife. This story is now told in a permanent exhibition at Tai Jin House – and it makes for a very interesting day trip. One story told is that of Christmas Island’s cultural heritage. Ever since Christmas Island was first settled back in 1898, the island has been home to a mix of British, Chinese and Malay people. The establishment of the Christmas Island Phosphate Company in 1898...
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It’s that time of year, when we await the pitter patter of little feet. About 400 million little feet in fact, as our resident population of 50 million red crabs start their annual migration to the sea to spawn. There’s a lot of work to do to help them on their way safely, to divert them from traffic, which Parks Australia has already commenced. We spoke to Rob Muller - Chief Ranger, Christmas Island National Park, to find out more. Typically, when do you start preparations for the crab migration? Rangers begin preparing for the migration around the beginning of August...
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  • ronald the koala
    ronald the koala says #
    I need to witness this amazing spectacle! Added to my bucket list!

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