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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. The island is celebrating 60 years as part of Australia in October 2018 (it was administered by British Singapore before 1958). To mark our diamond anniversary, here are 11 things you probably didn’t know about this Indian Ocean gem. It’s got loads of crabs… Blue crab.

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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.

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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. 1. Rainbow pitta Pitta Iris KNP-TracksandPhotographyTours-RainbowPitta-CreditLaurieRoss The exotic-looking rainbow pitta lives in rainforest, mangrove and eucalyptus forest. Look out for it on the forest floor during the wetter months.

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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! What do you think? Which is your favourite? Brown antechinus This slightly adorable brown antechinus was a very popular contender in an online #cuteoff to find the cutest animal species in Australia. It’s not hard to see why. Kittys Beach Tell us there’s a sight more wonderful than a deserted shoreline and pristine ocean!

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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. The Casuarina Lawn is a wonderful place to see all manner of birds finding some lunch. Keep an eye out for kookaburras perching in the branches, surveilling the lawns for lizards, worms and other tasty morsels.

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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. The whales don’t disappoint. Large pods often appear, and whales regularly come into the bays and close to shore where they breach and play, with their calves close by.

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11 awesome animals in our World Heritage-listed national parks

(and not a kangaroo or koala in sight!) 1. Thorny devil This groovy creature is a small spiny dragon, one of the most striking Australian lizards. It walks with a strange rocking motion and has an unusual way of absorbing water - if the animal stands in a puddle or wet sand, capillary action directs the water up the legs and over the surface of its body, eventually funnelled through narrow grooves to its mouth.

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