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.

For further information tel +61 8 99645757 or email eo@rdamwg.com.au

This project is supported by the Australian Government through the Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport.

Cocos (Keeling) Island SwingFrangipaniLion DanceMalay 50th Children SingingRed CrabTemple FlagsMalay Kompang Drummers and Silat DancerCocos (Keeling) Island Jetty

This project is supported by the Australian Government through the Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport.