– Christmas Island is a small Australian territory in the Indian Ocean.
– Its nearest neighbours are Indonesia to the north and east, Australia to the south and Cocos (Keeling) Islands to the west.
– To witness the majestic sights and social intricacies of this wonderful country, head for the coordinates of 10.4833° S, 105.6333° E for your very own Christmas Island adventure!
– The terrain here consists of steep cliffs along the coastline, rising sharply to a central plateau.
– The total land area of Christmas Island is 52 square miles (135 square kilometres)…
– …that’s slightly larger than Bristol.
– Christmas Island’s population was 1,530 in 2014…
– …that’s less than 1/275th of the population of Bristol.
– Residents here are known as Christmas Islanders!
– The capital is Flying Fish Cove; it had a population of 500 in 2013.
– Christmas Islanders enjoy a tropical climate with a dry season from May to November, followed by a rainy season from December to April. The heat and humidity here is moderated by trade winds.
– Amazingly, around 2/3 of the island is a national park!
– Christmas Island was formed around 60 million years ago when a basalt volcanic seamount (an underwater mountain) rose 5,000 metres from the ocean floor!
– There are an estimated 45 million (yes, million) red crabs living on this tiny island! They migrate each year from the centre of the island to the beaches to breed and can be seen travelling in droves!
– Christmas Island is also home to several other species of crab including the largest species in the world, the coconut crab, which can weigh up to 4.1kg and measure 1m long!