Christmas Island Heritage Festival
Christmas Island has a compelling story. Named on Christmas Day in 1643 and first settled in 1872 it has seen famine, invasions and political unrest due to its natural resources and strategic location. This has created a strong, resilient multicultural community.
Discover the stories of Christmas Island at this festival. Visit a range of activities where you can dip into history or immerse yourself on a tour of discovery.
- Christmas Island Phosphate Mine Tour – phosphate has shaped the landscape, people and buildings and is still a major influence today. Bookings essential to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 08 9164 8382
- ANZAC Day Dawn Service – a solemn and uplifting commemoration in the grounds of the former British District Officer’s Residence, Taj Jin House, Smith Point. All welcome
- The Christmas Island Exhibition – glimpse the history of the island and its people at this exhibition. Venue: Tai Jin House, Smith Point
- Orientation Tour with Indian Ocean Experiences – a perfect start for a visit to explore the history and culture of the settled area. Bookings essential to email@example.com. Cost: $50
- The Christmas Island Library – browse the collection of books and newsletters at the former Asian High School. Shire Offices, George Fam Centre
- Pasaar Malam – Hear, see and taste the modern Christmas Island at the night market. Venue: CLA Foreshore
- Visitor Information Centre – has a range of reference books, historical cards, maps and guides. Contact staff if you need assistance with bookings for your visit.
Events are free except where indicated otherwise. Bookings only necessary for those events noted above. Contact the Visitor Information Centre for event details, bookings or general enquiries. Ph: 08 9164 8382 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christmas Island is a 4hr flight from Perth.