The Dales
  • Length: 7.2km

  • Duration: 2hrs

  • Grade: 2

  • Style: Circuit

  • Start: Christmas Island National Park

  • End: Christmas Island National Park

  • Closest Town:

  • Location: Christmas Island

  • Distance from state capital: 3.5 hours

  • State: WA

  • Latitude: -10.47502648

  • Longitude: 105.5626214


The Dales is a 7.2km, grade 2 Circuit hike located in Christmas Island Western Australia. The hike should take approximately 2hrs to complete.


Hugh’s Dale Waterfall and Anderson’s Dale – one of the few permanent flowing water sites on 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.  


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

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

Region: Christmas Island, Indian Ocean Islands

For more information, a location map and GPS file please visit Trails WA.