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Cocos (Keeling) Island International Airport

Cocos (Keeling) Island International Airport
Operator: Administrator Cocos Keeling Islands

Phone: +61 8 91626660

Fax: +61 8 91626697

The Cocos (Keeling) Islands are made up of 27 islands formed from two relatively small isolated mid oceanic atolls. The islands are Australia's most isolated Western Territory, situated approximately 2700km north-west of Perth, 3800km north-west of Darwin and 1000km south of Java. National Jet Systems fly a BAE146 to Cocos every Saturday.

The Cocos (Keeling) Islands are located in the Indian Ocean, 2750 kms north west of Perth (Latitude 12 10' S Logitude 96 53' E), 3.5 hours away (by air). There is a group of 27 coral islands, first discovered by Captain Keeling in 1609 and aptly named due to the dense coverage of coconut palms. The area is surrounded by a wide coral atoll and aquamarine waters.

It truly is Paradise, with only two islands inhabited and a population of approximately 800 Cocos/Malay and Australian Government workers.

The weather is absolutely ideal with tropical balmy nights and warm days and the daily temperature ranging between 25-30C. With a perfect tropical climate the only clothing needed is your normal summer wear - shorts, casual shirts and tops and your swimwear.

Cocos (Keeling) Island International Airport Swim all year round with no bities or stingers in the water.

The islands are a haven for tropical fish including Coral Trout, Dog Tooth Tuna, Spanish Mackerel, Trevally, Bone Fish and Sailfish. The land crabs will make you laugh as they scoot around fossicking for coconuts.

A holiday in the Cocos Islands is like visiting Asia and not leaving Australian Territory. The local Cocos-Malay people are friendly and keep very much to themselves.

These unspent islands offer the visitor year round safe swimming, excellent snorkelling, good surfing and fishing to satisfy both the game enthusiast and the recreational fisherman.

Cocos also provides a wide spectrum for scuba diving covering one whole eco-sphere, from fish feeding seagrass meadows to the deep Indian Ocean drop-offs.



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