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The Cocos Keeling Islands offer the avid birdwatcher the chance to combine sightings of 39 breeding or resident bird species with an iconic and remote tropical island experience. Unforgettable!

The Cocos Keeling Islands intercept the southwest extremity of the East Asian - Australian flyway, while Pulu Keeling National Park is inscribed on the List of Wetlands of International Importance.

Migratory shorebirds are the most travelled migrants, following the sun on their 25,000 km annual round trip from the Arctic Circle through South-East Asia and Australia to New Zealand. The non-breeding cycle, which takes place in the southern hemisphere, occurs from September to April.

Migratory birds can be sighted while they feed and replenish their fat reserves during these months on all the islands of the Cocos Keeling group. Dedicated birding tours work closely with on-island operators and Parks Australia to access the many sighting spots across the atoll.

Travel to Pulu Keeling National Park is limited, as there is no regular ferry service. The best possible months are November to April, although there are no guarantees that any planned day trip will actually depart, as trips depend on weather conditions. Travel is restricted to permit holders and any landing is only ever possible with a Parks Australia officer.