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Christmas Island Map

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Winifred Beach

The vehicle track to Winifred beach is a rough but
scenic drive mostly though 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

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.

The Dales Walking Trails

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 significant 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 park
- one leading to Hugh’s Dale Waterfall,
and the other leading to Anderson’s Dale.

West White Beach

This 1.5 km marked trail meanders down through
tall plateau and terrace 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.

Tai Jin House

Located just up the hill beyond Flying Fish Cove,
this is the original home of the Resident Magistrate,
and later the Administrator of the Island
– it’s affectionately known locally as “Buck House”.
The expansive gardens are used for community
events and provide excellent views over
Flying Fish Cove. A little way past Tai Jin House is the navy’s restored
1941 gun emplacement and buildings from WWII.
A small museum is located at Tai Jin House.
Contact the Visitor Information Centre for opening hours.

Flying Fish Cove

An easily accessible swimming, snorkelling
and diving location. There are picnic facilities,
barbecues, public toilets and a sandy beach.
The island’s main boat launching ramp is located here.

The Grotto

Approximately five minutes drive from Settlement
located just before the entrance to the golf course,
this cave with a sea and fresh water pool is refreshing on
hot days or a romantic spot with candles at night.

Golf Course

The nine hole course and clubhouse is located in a scenic
setting on the north-east coast and visitors are welcome.
Clubs can be hired at the Visitor Information Centre.

Lily Beach

Surrounded on both sides by rising cliffs, you are
protected from strong breezes. A perfect spot for a picnic.
At low tide, take advantage of the geology and explore
the rock pools. On a calm day, Lily Beach
is a beautiful shallow swimming spot.

Margaret Knoll

Margaret Knoll lookout provides dramatic panoramic views
of the land and seascapes of the east coast. Located at the
edge of a high inland cliff, it’s one of the better sites to
observe seabirds including frigatebirds, red footed
and brown boobies and the golden bosun. Christmas Island
flying foxes may also be observed from here
in the late afternoon and early evening.

Greta Beach

Spectacular outlooks from a beach where turtles
nest and red crabs spawn. Reached by a short walk
from a car park and steep staircase.

South Point

The site of extensive phosphate mining, this
spot offers an expansive view over the Smithson’s Bight
from the cliff top at the South Point temple. It is a
great place to visit around sunset. Frigatebirds and boobies
may be seen soaring below in the wind. There are
two Chinese temples in the area which visitors are welcome
to visit, but please respect them as places of worship.
The now unused South Point railway station is an
interesting historical site with a view over the southern

The Blowholes

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 close 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

Dolly Beach

Dolly Beach is reached via a leisurely walk
of just over 1 km 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 fresh water stream.
Robber crabs inhabit the area above the
beach and turtles nest all year round here.
Turtles nest all year round here.

Ethel Beach

Overhung by pandanus, the beach may reveal a fossil or two
and some blue coral rubble which hints at it’s volcanic past.
You can swim here, and the snorkelling can be excellent.