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Guide to Cocos (Keeling) Islands
- Getting to Cocos (Keeling) Islands
- When to visit
Discover Australia’s most remote and idyllic outpost, the Cocos (Keeling) Islands.
The Cocos (Keeling) Islands, or simply “Cocos” to locals, are 27 breathtaking islands in an almost perfect circle – only two of which are inhabited. Stay on West Island for an exotic island experience unlike anywhere else. Swim over coral reefs, learn about the local Cocos Malay people, or simply kick back and relax on the beach.
Flights operate from Perth to Cocos (Keeling) Islands two times per week via Christmas Island.
- Cocos (Keeling) Islands Airport (CCK) is located on West Island
- The airport is a short drive from much of the island’s accommodation
Though West Island is small, consider hiring a car or scooter to explore at your leisure. Bicycles are also available for more active visitors.
The Cocos (Keeling) Islands experience a consistent tropical climate year-round. Temperatures rarely drop below 24°C (75°F) even at night, so packing lightweight clothing is a good idea. Rainfall is typically higher between March and July, but this season also brings higher winds perfect for kitesurfing.
- High season: April to November
- Low season: February to March
- Don’t miss: The Hari Raya Puasa (end of Ramadan) celebration on Home Island