Parks Australia

Christmas Island National Park

Christmas Island National Park

parksaustralia.gov.au/christmas

Red crab migrating - Christmas Island National Park

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Even though 63 per cent of Christmas island's 135 square kilometres is protected as a National Park most people only know Christmas Island as a place for refugees. Few people know it as a place of natural beauty, where a unique ecosystem of plants and animals has developed over millions of years.

The Christmas Island Species Inventory Database recognises 253 endemic animals and plants, and another 160 that do not occur anywhere else in Australia. No other land area or reserve in Australia supports so many internationally and nationally significant species in such a small area.