Location

The Islands

The tranquillity of the Cocos Keeling Islands today gives little hint of their colourful past, their human dramas and tragedies, or the many different rulers who controlled them.

From first settlement in 1826 by English merchant Alexander Hare, through decades of rule by the Clunies-Ross dynasty, most island inhabitants had little freedom or contact with the outside world.

For many years the islands were a powerhouse of copra production, with all resources and workers devoted to coconut growing and processing. Apart from disruptions caused by cyclone damage, the industry only ceased in 1987 but the abundant coconut palms throughout the Cocos still bear testament to the extent of the trade.

Two World Wars saw the islands become targets because of their strategic position in the Indian Ocean. From 1944 to 1946 the tranquil islands came under military administration and buzzed with activity, home to thousands of military personnel.

The people of the Cocos Keeling Islands voted to become part of Australia in 1984. The remote atoll is now an internationally significant habitat for wildlife … and a faraway paradise for tourists seeking something a little bit different.

123 Airforce Road
Cocos Islands, 6799
Australia

Cocos Activities

The Cocos Islands offer visitors year-round swimming and diving, good surfing, excellent snorkelling, fishing, warm tropical waters, great windsurfing and kite boarding in the trade wind months and a wonderful balmy tropical climate all year.

Surfing Kite boarding Fishing Snorkeling Diving

Guest Testimonials

Slide Cocos Heaven Just backed from two weeks staying at Cocos Cottages. Superb stand alone two bedroom cottage with everything we needed. Wonderfully large open deck for eating, relaxing and watching the world go by. Good size rooms with aircon but we didn't need as the breeze throughout the cottage kept it a the perfect temperature. Bathroom with washing machine was great during room attached was a great set up. Loved the personal touches of flowers, plants and shells throughout. Kitchen wasn't a full kitchen but oven wasn't necessary and the fridge was a great size. They also supplied chilling bin for beach BBQs, and also had the essentials all there so no need to purchase. A wonderful place to stay. Will be back next year. davidclaw Slide Well worth it What an amazing place, and great accommodation. Came here for a week of kite surfing heaven - and it did not dissapoint. Di met us at the airport, answered all our questions, and even made our dinner reservations for us for the first night. Well appointed, can be fully self catered. Will definately come stay again. Chris W Slide Fantastic accommodation These villas/bungalows are amazing, everything you could want, 2 bedroom, very unique bathroom with a semi out door shower, kitchen is equipped with all you need and then some, including coffee plunger, picnic basket, esky, wine cooler etc etc, the outdoor living area is huge, great day bed and the perfect place to watch the sunrise and the world go by. The managers Di and Ian are extremely knowledgeable on all island activities and there are more than you can imagine, snorkelling, glass bottom boat, surfing, kite surfing, wind surfing, motorised canoes, bikes to hire, ferry to other islands. Don't miss a brekkie and famous pie at Dory's as well as a great coffee. DongaraOztraveller