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About The Dales, Christmas Island
The Dales is one of Christmas Island's iconic sites and one of the few places with permanent flowing water and stunning wet areas, providing significant habitat for endemic blue crabs and impressive stands of Tahitian chestnut trees. The drive through the Dales leads through rainforest to a scenic and tranquil area, which has two walking trails starting from the Dales 4WD car park.
The first is mostly a boardwalk leading to Hugh's Dale Waterfall which is 1km each way from the car park. Signage along the trail offers information on the island's plants and animals.
For the more adventurous, a second trail leads on from Hugh's Dale for about 800m to Anderson's Dale, a small gorge with a stream that flows to the sea. If you venture to Anderson's Dale, please be wary of sea conditions near the shoreline as large waves are common along this coast.
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Here is everything you need to know before visiting this trail.
Time / Duration
30 minutes each way
1.5km to Hugh's Dale, 3.6km to Anderson's Dale
What To Pack
Group B (Bushwalks and/or longer trails) required.
What To Pack
Group B (Bushwalks and/or longer trails)
- Minimum 2 litres of water per person per day
- Sturdy shoes
- Sun hat or bike helmet (compulsory in WA)
- Sunglasses, sunscreen (30+) and insect repellant
- Binoculars and camera (optional)
- Map or guide book where suggested
- Snacks and/or lunch depending on length of trail
- Clothes to suit the activity and potential weather conditions including a water/windproof jacket
- First Aid kit
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.
Visit Trail Tips for further information.
FacilitiesPart of the Dales Walking Trail is a boardwalk.
- Car Park
Best time of year
All year round
From Settlement - an unsealed road to the 2WD or 4WD car park
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Hugh's Dale WaterfallHugh's Dale Waterfall
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