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The Dales, Christmas Island Trails WA Top Trail Icon

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

Hugh’s Dale Waterfall and Anderson’s Dale - one of the few permanent flowing water sites on Christmas Island

Hugh's Dale Waterfall
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Christmas Island National Park (3.5 hours flying time from Perth)

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Christmas Island, Australia

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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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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.

Trail Start

Christmas Island National Park (3.5 hours flying time from Perth)

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Trail End

Christmas Island, Australia

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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.

Difficulty Notes

Hugh's Dale is considered easy, whereas the continuation to Anderson's Dale is considered moderate.


Part of the Dales Walking Trail is a boardwalk.
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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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1 trail goers have rated The Dales, Christmas Island as 5 out of 5!

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steve bennett

Reviewed 24 Aug 2015, 8:47am

Excellent trail in a unique setting. You cannot go to CI without walking this trail.

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