By Lee Atkinson
Christmas Island, a rocky speck in the Indian Ocean 2600 kilometres (1616 miles) north-west of Perth, is not your typical tropical island paradise. Nicknamed the "Galapagos of the Indian Ocean", the island is famous for its red crabs, sea birds, whale sharks and spectacular coral reefs. Almost two-thirds of the island is national park. Closer to Asia than mainland Australia, it's home to a beguiling mix of cultures and some of the world's most spectacular natural wonders.
HOW TO GET THERE
Virgin Australia has regular flights between Perth and Christmas Island. Flights depart from the international terminal at Perth.
- Witness one of the world’s most amazing natural wonders, the annual crab migration
- Dive some of the longest drop-offs in the world
- Swim in a cave and bathe beneath a waterfall in the rainforest