Rich in culture and opportunity
Australia's Indian Ocean Territories are Christmas Island and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands. Rich in culture and opportunity, these islands, their people and the wildlife, represent a very unique part of Australia.
Christmas Island is located 380km south of Java, Indonesia with a resident population of around 1,500. The longer term island residents are mostly of Chinese descent with European and Malay minorities. The islands rainforest on the plateaus and terraces is a highlight and home to numerous land crabs and sea birds and is known for its spectacular annual red crab migration.
The Cocos (Keeling) Islands are situated around mid-way between Australia and Sri Lanka and are made up of 27 coral islands with flat tropical sandy beaches. Two of the islands are inhabited with a total population of around 650 of which the vast majority are of Cocos Malay.
The islands multi-cultural communities play an important role in developing Australia's Indian Ocean Territories and strong links exist with Asia and the Australian mainland.
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This project is supported by the Australian Government through the Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport.