Christmas Island, officially the Territory of Christmas Island, is an Australian external territory comprising the island of the same name. It is located in the Indian Ocean, around 350 kilometres (190 nautical miles) south of Java and Sumatra and around 1,550 km (840 nmi) northwest of the closest point on the … See more
The main economic activities on Christmas Island are the mining of low grade phosphate, limited tourism, the provision of government services and, since 2005, the construction and operation of the Immigration Detention Center. The government sector includes administration, health, education, policing, customs, quarantine, and defense.What is unique about Christmas Island?
The surface of Christmas Island is covered with tropical rainforests, and along its coasts sand and coral shingle beaches. Surrounding the island is a series of tropical coral reefs, with some of the steepest underwater drop-offs in the world. This is a popular attraction for visitors who enjoy snorkeling and diving.How did Christmas Island get its name?
Christmas Island was named by Captain William Mynors who sailed past it on the Christmas Day in 1643. The earliest recorded visit to the island was by English navigator William Dampier in March 1688. It was uninhabited then.How high is the highest point on Christmas Island?
The island is the summit of an oceanic mountain whose highest point on the island is Murray Hill, rising to 1,184 feet (361 metres) in the western part of the island. The main settlement and chief port is at Flying Fish Cove on the northeastern part of the island.
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