Cocos Islands


Cocos experiences two main seasons which tend to overlap: the trade wind season from April / May to September / October and the calmer doldrum season from November through to April. Expect higher rainfall during March through to July. January through to August, may also generate the occasional low pressure system usually between February and April. However these systems do not normally interfere with holiday plans. Rain usually falls in the evenings, bringing glorious sunny days! The average annual rainfall is 2000mm! Temperatures are fairly consistent no matter what the season, remaining around a comfortable 29°C with a minimum evening temperature rarely dropping below 20°C.


The Cocos Keeling Islands are located in the middle of the Indian Ocean some 2750km north-west of Perth, and 900km west south-west of Christmas Island, its closest neighbour. Cocos lies approximately 12° south and 96.5° east, locating the islands in the humid tropical zone.

There are 27 coral islands in the group. Captain William Keeling discovered the islands in 1609, but they remained uninhabited until the 19th century. Annexed by the UK in 1857, they were transferred to the Australian Government in 1955. The population on the two inhabited islands generally is split between the ethnic Europeans on West Island and the ethnic Malays on Home Island.

Grown throughout the islands, coconuts are the sole cash crop. Small local gardens and fishing contribute to the food supply, but additional food and most other necessities must be imported from Australia. There is a small tourist industry.

Tourist information

Monday: 0800 to 1700Tuesday - Thursday: 0800 - 1430Friday: 0800 - 1600Saturday early flight: 1300 - 1600Saturday late flight: 1400 - 1700Sunday & Public Holidays: Closed

Cocos Keeling Islands Tourism Association Inc.PO Box 1030Cocos Keeling IslandsIndian Ocean WA 6799Ph: +61 8 9162 6790Fax: +61 8 9162


Flat, low-lying coral atolls, thickly covered with coconut palms and other vegetation.