In 1805, a trader from Scotland, John Clunies-Ross, arrived on the island and dug wells and planted palm trees. And his descendants still live on the island to this day.
Cocos is Paradise Island where else could you walk along an isolated sandy beach, snorkel in the shallows or dive on the reefs, meet the locals, learn there culture and see there crafts, learn from the history of the island and the Clunes Ross Family or relax on your veranda at sunset and listen to the waves breaking. Cocos has it all
Cossies Beach Direction Island
A day trip to Direction Island’s Cossies Beach, the newly crowned Best Beach in Australia, should definitely be on your holiday agenda and is just a brief trip away on the ferry. This picture-perfect tropical island offers exquisite white sandy beaches, shady shelters, wood-fired BBQs, eco toilets, wifi and walking trails.
Recently named Cossies Beach, but more commonly known as DI, this island is home to the world famous ‘Rip’. Much safer than it sounds, the Rip features a diverse marine life of vivid fish, corals, reef sharks, huge wrasse and parrotfish, and can be safely snorkelled during your time on the island.
The island is a favourite anchorage for visiting round-the-world yachts, many of whom have left calling card paraphernalia and other memorabilia on the palm trees. You'll be surprised how many determined yachties have made it here over the years!
If you'd like to truly experience the tranquillity and remoteness of Direction Island, camping is permitted. To make the most of your adventure, you'll need to arrive fully self-sufficient as there is no drinking water or electricity. The ferry operates twice a week on Thursday and Saturday to transport you across the beautiful lagoon.
Located across the lagoon and just a short ferry ride away from West Island, this unique part of the Cocos Keeling Islands is a must-see for visitors. Home of the Cocos Malay people, the island offers a complete contrast to West Island.
Take part in the Home Island Tour and learn the history on Home Island. Sample the wonderful, spicy Malay cuisine at the local restaurant or take a picnic lunch and sit under the canopy of one of the huge Calophyllum trees gracing the foreshore.
Visit the Home Island museum and delve into the history of Cocos, the local culture and tradition, the abundant flora and fauna, Australian naval history, and the early owners of the Cocos Keeling Islands – The Clunies-Ross family. The museum is open Monday to Friday during Shire office hours.
Stroll through the calophyllum palm jungle up to Oceania House – Located on the southwest side of the island, once home to the Clunies-Ross family, take a tour or stay overnight.
Enjoy the amazing views of Prison Island and Direction Island, its just a short walk over to Prison Island on low tide.
The norm for Cocos accommodation is the self-contained bungalow or home. These are an example and by no means the full list of accommodation we have available for you.
There are so many things to do on Cocos we cant list them all but here are some......