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Dolly Beach, Christmas Island

  • 1-3 hours
  • 2 km
    • Bush Walk Grade 2

An easy walk through the lush rain forest in Christmas Island National Park to Dolly Beach - a Robinson Crusoe palm-lined beach where the only footprints will be your own.

One of the pristine beaches on Christmas Island
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4WD carpark in Christmas Island National Park

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Escape to picturesque, palm-fringed sandy beach with coral reef, freshwater stream, natural rock spa, robber crabs and nesting turtles.
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From the 4WD car park, this is a leisurely walk of just under 2 kilometres, mostly on a boardwalk, through shore terrace rain forest to Dolly Beach.  It is an isolated and picturesque sandy beach with a coral reef and a freshwater stream.

Robber crabs, the largest land crabs on earth, inhabit the area above the beach and turtles nest all year round. Take a dip in the rock pools, please be aware of rogue waves.

Dolly Beach is a designated camp site and camping permits can be obtained from Christmas Island National Park HQ.

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Time / Duration

40 minutes each way


4km return

What To Pack

Group B (Bushwalks and/or longer trails) required.

Trail Start

4WD carpark in Christmas Island National Park

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Bush Walk

Grade 2

No bushwalking experience required. The track is a hardened or compacted surface and may have a gentle hill section or sections and occasional steps. Walks no greater than 10km. Suitable for families with young children.


Camping is permitted under certain conditions but please contact Christmas Island National Park on (08) 9164 8700 if you wish to camp.
  • Camping
  • Car Park

Best time of year

All year round.


Trail Access

From Settlement - an unsealed road to the 2WD or 4WD car park

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2 trail goers have rated Dolly Beach, Christmas Island as 4 out of 5!

We love to hear from people who've been on our Western Australian trails, so it would be most appreciated it if you wanted to leave a review.

steve bennett

Reviewed 24 Aug 2015, 8:41am

Wonderful walking through unique tropical landscapes.
steve bennett

Reviewed 20 Mar 2014, 11:54am

I was up there a few years ago and what a fantastic experience! You have to do this if ever on the island.

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