Inside the National Park
There are a number of scenic drives leading to a series of walks in and outside the National Park. Walking Tracks range from short well developed tracks such as Hugh's Dale, to some longer, less developed and more rugged tracks such as to Winifred Beach and West White Beach. All of these tracks are marked with international standard reflective directional arrows.
Margaret Knoll Lookout
100m - 1 min each way
A short drive through plateau forest leads to a short walk of about 50m from the car park and a short climb up a series of steps leads to Margaret Knoll lookout. The lookout provides dramatic panoramic views of the land and sea scapes of the east coast. Located at the edge of a high inland cliff, it's one of the better sites to observe seairds including frigatebirds, red booted and brown boobies and the golden bosun. Christmas Island flying foxes may also be observed from here in the late afternoon and early evening.
1 km - 1 hour each way - 4WD and walking access
From the car park, this is a leisurely walk of just over 1km mostly on a boardwalk, through shore terrace forest to Dolly Beach. It is an isolated and picturesque sandy beach with a coral reef and a freshwater stream. Robber crabs inhabit the area above the beach and turtles nest all year round here. Camping is permitted under certain conditions but please contact Christmas Island National Park (+61 8 9164 8700) if you wish to camp. Please do not disturb the animals or their nests.
2WD part way only
The vehicle track to the Blowholes passes through stunning tall rainforest and you'll usually see large numbers of red crabs. At the Blowholes, you will find an elevated walkway at the car park with viewing platforms on the coastal terraces cose to the sea cliff edge. Spectacular blowholes spray seawater high into the air when large swells pound against the shore cliffs and there are panoramic views of the rugged southern coastline. For your safety please remain on the viewing platform and do not attempt to go near the cliff edge or fish from it.
West White Beach Walking Trail
1.5km - 1 hour each way
This 1.5km marked trail meanders down through tall plateau and terraced rainforest. It is a moderately difficult walk and includes a short descent down a steep cliff using a rope towards the end of the walk. Walkers are advised to wear sturdy footwear and to carry drinking water. The beach has a stunning coral reef off the shore, with views of the north coast. A great place for lunch.
Winifred Beach Walking Trail
1.4km - 30 mins each way
The vehicle track to Winifred Beach is a rough but scenic drive mostly through semi deciduous rainforests. It leads to a small car park, and on to a 1.4km marked walking trail through rugged terrace forest. The trail reaches the coast via a steep staircase down the cliff face, leading to a rocky shore and small picturesque cove. Be careful near the water's edge due to wave surges and swell, rising tides and changing sea conditions. Seabirds, including brown boobies and white-tailed tropicbirds nest in the area.
Martin Point Walk
400m - 3 mins each way
Martin Point is located in the Dales area. A short walk of 400m from the car park leads to a viewing platform on the edge of the sea cliff, providing excellent views along the western coast - great for photographers! It is a peaceful place to watch the sun set over the sea and waves breaking over the fringing reef and shore platforms. Red-footed boobies roost and nest in the trees above and you may see brown boobies nesting on the sea cliffs. There is a picnic table on the viewing platform. Take care when driving in - there are generally red, blue and robber crabs on the track.
Perpendicular Wall Walking Trail
10km - 2 hours each way
The Perpendicular Wall trail is a long but flat wilderness walk starting at Martin Point car park. You will pass through coastal terrace forests with large numbers of red crabs and seabirds, including frigatebirs and red footed boobies. This trail is fringed by spectacular inland cliffs and rugged coastline. When you reach Perpendicular Wall you will be rewarded with spectacular panoramic views of the island's northern coastline. Take plenty of water and don't forget to take your lunch!
The Dales Walking Trails
2WD part way only
The Dales is one of Christmas Island's iconic sites and one of the few places with permanent flowing water and stunning wet areas, providing signiicant habitat for endemic blue crabs and impressive stands of Tahitian chestnut trees. The drive through the Dales leads through rainforest to a scenic and tranquil area, which has two walking trails starting from the Dales 4WD car par. The first is mostly a boardwalk leading to Hugh's Dale Waterfall which is 1km (each way) from the car park. Signage along the trail offers information on the island's plants and animals.
For the adventurous, a second trail leads on from Hugh's Dale for about 800m to Anderson's Dale, a small gorge with a stream that flows to the sea. If you venture to Anderson's Dale please keep away from the shoreline and be wary of sea conditions as large waves are common along this coast.
Hugh's Dale Waterfall
1.5km - 30 mins each way
3.6km - 1 hour each way
Outside the National Park
Territory Day Park Nature Trail
1km - 1 hour each way
This walking trail leads from Territory Day Park to Tai Jin House. The trail gives you a chance to explore and experience Christmas Island's unique rainforests as well as visit historical sites at Tai Jin House. At Territory Day Park there are picnic, barbeque and playground facilities and a lookout which offers spectacular views over Flying Fish Cove.
Golf Course Lookout
1km - 15 mins each way
A short but rugged and steep walk from a radio tower at the phosphate hill area of the island's north east. It leads down to a cliff perched above the golf course, passing a historic Chinese cemetery on the way. The site provides spectacular views of the island's north east coast and is a great place to watch red footed boobies, frigatebirds and golden bosuns as they soar past you. Please keep away from the cliff edge.
300m - 15 mins each way
A short walk of about 300m from a carpark followed by a climb down a steep staircase at the top of a sea cliff leads to Greta Beach, located on the east coast. There is a viewing site at the top of the staircase that provides views over the beach and to the sea if you do not wish to walk down the staircase.
Turtles nest all year round on this beach. High numbers of red crabs spawn here during the annual migration and a short section of the vehicle track may be closed during the migration. Please do not disturb the animals or their nests.