All across Christmas Island, especially in the national park, you’ll find scenic drives plus maintained and marked walking trails and boardwalks. They are designed to suit all levels of fitness and activity, and offer enjoyable ways to get up close to nature.
Enjoy a meander along shorter, well-developed trails through forests and coastal areas. Or if you’re fitter, take on longer and more rugged tracks that offer challenging climbs and may take you to remote beaches. Tracks are marked with international standard reflective directional arrows. Explore the terrain along the way and follow trails to excellent lookouts for birds. Wander through tranquil rainforests that include cultural and historic sites, like temples hidden in the jungle. The key is to make sure you plan your walks in advance and you’re well prepared for the experience. And keep your camera handy at all times.
Note: Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs) are now available for hire from the Christmas Island Police Station (Tel: +61 8 9164 8444) PLBs are designed to be carried by bushwalkers or solo adventurers and are actviated in the event of an emergency when immediate search and rescue assistance is required. It is recommended that any person exploring Christmas Island in the National Park, or in areas where there is no mobile phone reception, that a PLB is carried to alert authorities in the event of a serious emergency.
100m – 1 minute each wayA 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 scales of the east coast. Located at the edge of a high inland cliff, it’s one of the better sites to observe seabirds including frigate birds, red footed and down boobies and the golden bosun. Christmas Island flying foxes may also be observed from here in the late afternoon and early evening.
1km – 1 hour each way – 4WD and walking accessFrom 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 freshwater stream. Robber crabs inhabit the area above the beach, and turtles nest all year around. Camping is permitted here – please contact the Christmas Island National Park if you wish to camp.
1.5km – 1 hour each wayThis 1.5km 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 carry drinking water. The beach has a stunning coral reef off the short, with views of the north coast – a great place for lunch
1.4km – 45 minutes each wayThe 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. Seabirds, including brown boobies and golden bosuns nest in this area.
400m – 5 minutes each wayMartin 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 ocean with 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.
Territory Day Park
1km – 1 hour each wayThis 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 the historical Tai Jin House. At Territory Day Park there are picnic, barbecue, and playground facilities, as well a lookout offering spectacular views over Flying Fish Cove.
Golf Course Lookout
1km – 15 minutes each waya short but rugged and steep walk from 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, frigate birds, and golden bosuns as they soar past you.