Suggested Itinerary

A Week In Paradise

A visit to Christmas Island is a trip of a lifetime and the Christmas Island Tourism Association would love to help you plan your island escape.

If we had a week’s holiday on the island, this is what we’d do. What will you do?

Day 1. Get your bearings, take a drive, watch the sunset

Morning: Walking tour of Settlement, taking in the Christmas Island Exhibition at Tai Jin House, following the historical trail.

Afternoon: Drive to the Blowholes via the North South Baseline, then the East West Baseline. Finish at Martin Point for a spectacular sunset.

Day 2. Nature walk, temple visit, snorkel and barbecue

Morning: Drive to Territory Day Park and complete the Territory Day Park Nature Trail, possibly extending your walk to include the Smith Point Nature Trail.

Afternoon: Immerse yourself in the cool waters of the Grotto and visit Mar Chor Nui Nui Temple, then finish the afternoon with a snorkel and barbecue at Flying Fish Cove.

Day 3. Beaches, swim, rainforest, birdwatching

Full day: Pack your picnic lunch, then drive to Greta and Dolly Beaches, enjoying the trek through the rainforest to Dolly Beach. Return via stunning Margaret Knoll for birdwatching. Remember binoculars and cameras.

Day 4. Boardwalk, beach, history and a glorious sunset

Morning: Drive to Lily Beach, and stroll along the boardwalk to Ethel Beach. Take your swimmers and enjoy a paddle in the shallows.

Afternoon: Drive to South Point, taking in the historic railway station, temple and stay to catch the sunset. Return to town to grab a romantic dinner at one of the cliffside restaurants.

Day 5. Birdwatching, rainforest walks and a sundown snorkel

Morning: Enjoy some birdwatching from the Golf Course Lookout, adding to your already growing list of sightings.

Afternoon: Drive to the Dales and walk to Anderson’s Dale, via beautiful Hugh’s Dale. On a Saturday, finish the day with a movie under the stars.

Day 6. Beaches and coastal nature trail

Full day: Pack a hearty picnic lunch, then drive to Winifred Beach (tide dependant) or West White Beach, and take time to walk the nature trail to the coast. Depending on sea conditions, enjoy a leisurely snorkel at either Winifred or West White Beach.

Stay a few more days

There’s so much to do on Christmas Island, so make sure you have time to go scuba diving, deep sea fishing, play a round of golf, do some serious photography, tick off all the birds on your list, and enjoy the fresh and tantalising cuisine on the island.

Whilst in our region, why not extend your itinerary to include a few days on our nearest neighbours, the Cocos Keeling Islands. The Cocos Keeling Islands are one of Australia’s last unspoilt paradises which lies in the azure waters of the Indian Ocean offering spectacular snorkelling, world-class diving, excellent fishing and the adrenalin-rush of kitesurfing. Relax on empty beaches, visit uninhabited islands by canoe, watch spectacular birdlife or catch the ferry to Home Island to stay at the original Clunies-Ross residence and discover the culture and traditions of the Cocos Malay people. Situated 2750 kms northwest of Perth, Western Australia, the Cocos Keeling Islands are a group of coral islands that form two atolls. Only two of the 27 islands are inhabited – the rest are waiting for you to explore them.