Christmas Island

Christmas is a tiny island off the coast of Indonesia which is a territory of Australia. Due to its location it is best known for its association with Australia's frequently controversial immigration policies. It has a population of only 1400 people. Most of the coastline is composed of steep cliffs. There are a few coves.

As it was uninhabited until the nineteenth century, it is a biologist's dream and a number of unusual flora and fauna have evolved there. There are twenty different types of crab there. Much of the island is covered by its only national park, and there are numerous trails which give visitors the opportunity to spot wildlife.

Place (Australia)

Christmas Island flag

Why you should go:

To see the annual red crab mass migration.

Why you shouldn't:

You are an asylum seeker – it is excluded from Australian territory for immigration purposes.

Map of Christmas Island