Christmas Island

10 of the World's Most Secluded Beaches for the Ultimate Getaway

Sometimes we all just need to get away. And sometimes, we all just need to get really, <i>really</i> away, to a place where sun is always shining but the …

Beaches

A Guide to Vacationing on Christmas Island

...and why it should really be called Crab Island.<p>There are a few immediate questions that come to mind when one learns about Christmas Island for …

Asia Travel

Cats and Lizards and Monkeys, Oh My! 9 Islands Ruled by Animals

1 of 11<p>Animals Rule!<p>An island of cuddly bunnies! A cay populated by swimming pigs! An isle of diseased monkeys!<p>Okay, maybe that last one isn't so …

Wildlife

Crossing boundaries: crabs, asylum seekers and therapy on Christmas Island – video

Christmas Island, off the coast of Australia: as 50 million crabs make their slow and ancient migration from the jungle to the ocean’s edge, thousands of people seeking asylum are indefinitely held in a high security detention facility. Poh Lin, a trauma counsellor living on the island, bears …

Immigration

'No common bond': Supreme Court judge scuppers Christmas Island class action

Thousands of asylum seekers who were detained on Christmas Island will no longer be able to jointly sue the Commonwealth for false imprisonment, with …

Brisbane

War on feral cats: Singaporean artist tackles Christmas Island’s ecological dilemma

SINGAPORE: For many tourists, Christmas Island is famous for a spectacle that celebrates the abundance of life – the annual mass migration of red …

Wildlife

Natural spoils: why Kiribati is a nature lover’s paradise

With its far-flung location in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, its vast spread (33 islands scattered over 3.5 million square kilometres of ocean), and a lack of people (around 100,000 inhabitants in total), it’s little wonder the Republic of Kiribati is popular with intrepid nature lovers.<p>Whether …

Asia Travel

SpeedCast Returns Internet Services to Christmas Island - Via Satellite

The north coast of Christmas Island, Australia. Photo: David Stanley, Flickr<p><b>SpeedCast International</b> has reached an agreement with the Australian …

Net Neutrality

Chinese naval ships close to Australia? 'Get used to it', experts warn

Chinese warships have carried out naval drills in Australia's maritime backyard for the third time in three years in a move that experts say …

China

Ten of the ugliest animals threatened by climate change

Because not just cute critters will suffer<p>Everyone cares that pandas and polar bears are endangered because, let’s face it, they’re adorable. In enviro speak, they’re known as “charismatic megafauna”—they’re large animals with popular appeal. Also included on this list are elephants, lions, tigers, …

Nature

Drones Set to Target Christmas Island's Feral Cats

In the land down under, feral cats slaughter an estimated 75 million native animals each day. That threat to biodiversity prompted the Australian …

Cats

Court orders halt to Border Force phone confiscation plans

The Federal Court has blocked a bid by the Australian Border Force to confiscate the mobile phones of detainees in immigration detention.<p>Refugee …

Australian News

Planet Earth II Recap: The One With the Islands

Planet Earth II<p>Islands Season 1 Episode 1<p>Editor's Rating 5 stars<p>The breathtaking BBC series enjoyed by stoners and 8-year-olds alike is finally back, …

Nature

Every Year 40 Million Red Crabs Take Over Christmas Island to Mate and Spawn

Each year 40 million red crabs take a cue from weather and the Moon to take over Christmas Island and mate in droves. Their journey is the subject of …

Nature

Bridges for Animals to Safely Cross Freeways Are Popping Up Around the World

Wildlife crossings are more than simple road signs as you speed down the highway. Conservationists use all sorts of methods to keep our furry friends safe from becoming roadkill or having their habitats fragmented. Increasingly, animal bridges are being employed around the globe in order to …

Wildlife

'Non-people', the bounds of humanity, and one person's story of survival

In another era this refugee – with his work ethic, his skills, his excellent English and his bravery – would have made Australia proud<p>Lunch with an Iraqi refugee at a Balmain pub provides much food for thought. His story is all the more telling at a time when the world has closed in on tens of …

Refugees