From its early days of phosphate discovery in 1881, when settlers and workers arrived bringing cultural and religious traditions, the island community grew to become a fascinating melting pot of cultures.
Today, visitors are welcomed and encouraged to join in, learn more and experience the thriving, contemporary Christmas Island “feel” in the many amazing foods, festivals and places.
Islanders are proud of their home and its harmony, with a blend of Buddhist, Christian, Taoist and Muslim cultures that are celebrated openly. Places of worship are open to all.
For information and access to strategies and documents relating to Christmas Island’s Culture and Heritage as developed by the National Trust of Western Australia, please click here …
Taste of The Tropics
Christmas Island’s restaurants, cafes and pubs showcase its rich cultural mix from spicy asian fare to modern western cuisine. A variety of styles is offered from traditional grills, to colonial settings to laid back casual pub options. Some offer the chance to relax over your meal while appreciating stunning outlooks.
Take advantage of the Island’s many picnic and barbecue venues and pack your own hamper from supplies available at the local shops. Restaurants use, and shops supply, fresh local produce when available.
Cafe and restaurant options may be limited during Ramadan, Chinese New Year and Christmas – the Visitor Information Centre can provide information as to what is open during your visit. As most food on Christmas Island is imported the cost for food and meals may be higher than other places to cover the additional transport.
- It is suggested that ladies should dress modestly out of respect in the Kampong area.
- Shoes should be removed before entering a house, temple or mosque.
- Muslims use their right hand for eating, giving and receiving and will appreciate if you do the same when meeting them.
- There are dietary requirements which some of the different religions must adhere.
- Refrain from touching a persons head.
- Visitors are welcome to enter and photograph the Chinese Temples and join in the celebrations.
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