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11 things you never knew about Christmas Island

A tiny speck of land 1500 km off the coast of Western Australia, Christmas Island is one of Australia’s most astonishing natural wonders.

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20km of barriers, 31 underpasses and 1 bridge: getting ready for the great crab migration

This blog first appeared on the Christmas Island Tourism Association blog. It is reproduced with their kind permission.

 

It’s that time of year, when we await the pitter patter of little feet. About 400 million little feet in fact, as our resident population of 50 million red crabs start their annual migration to the sea to spawn.

There’s a lot of work to do to help them on their way safely, to divert them from traffic, which Parks Australia has already commenced. We spoke to Rob Muller – Chief Ranger, Christmas Island National Park, to find out more.

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From adorable to awesome – 10 Kakadu birds

Kakadu’s birdlife will blow you away. From colourful finches to majestic birds of prey, Kakadu is home to a third of Australia’s bird species.

Of the roughly 280 bird species that call Kakadu home we’ve selected 10 favourites.

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Five favourite photos from Booderee

Booderee is one of the most photogenic places in Australia – and that’s up against some stiff competition!  Continue reading “Five favourite photos from Booderee”

Birds of Booderee

The Booderee Botanic Gardens is home to a huge variety of birdlife – and they are unfazed by human presence! The fairy-wrens happily hop up to visitors, posing for a photograph before continuing on their journey. Continue reading “Birds of Booderee”

The red crab migration in numbers

50 million  The number of red crabs on Christmas Island!

100,000 The eggs a single female can brood Continue reading “The red crab migration in numbers”

11 Ways the Red Crab Migration is Awesome

Sir David Attenborough called it one of the ‘most astonishing and wonderful sights’. Here’s why! Continue reading “11 Ways the Red Crab Migration is Awesome”

Whale-watching best at Booderee

Each year humpback whales and southern right whales make an epic journey to Queensland waters to breed. Then in the northern hemisphere spring they head back to  Antarctic waters with their newborns.

At these times of year visitors flock to Booderee to try and catch a glimpse of these enchanting, impressive creatures in the waters of Jervis Bay. Continue reading “Whale-watching best at Booderee”

11 awesome animals in our World Heritage-listed national parks

(and not a kangaroo or koala in sight!)

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