If you wish to conduct research or any commercial activity within Christmas Island National Park you will require a permit to do so. Public gatherings and events may also require a permit.
There is no overnight accommodation for visitors located within the park however camping is permitted at Dolly Beach and at the Pink House Research Station and a permit is required.
Activities must be consistent with the Christmas Island National Park Management Plan.
Activities requiring permits
Activities within the park that require a permit under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act), include:
- Commercial Activities for example:
- Commercial tours
- Commercial filming and photography
- Other commercial activities
- Research activities
- Other activities listed under Part 12 of the EPBC Regulations.
Application forms for permits
Application forms for permits and a more detailed list of activities requiring a permit under Part 12 of the EPBC Regulations are available from the Parks and Reserves Permits web page.
Where to send the permit application
Parks Australia staff of Christmas Island National Park do not have reliable internet access. Applications should be forwarded to:
PO Box 867
INDIAN OCEAN 6798
Fax: +61 (08) 9164 8755
If you are uncertain as to whether you will require a permit during your visit, contact staff at the park +61 (08) 9164 8700.
Processing of permit applications
The post is regularly delayed for up to six weeks, so please allow eight weeks for processing . News reporters, photographic and film crews are required to undergo a briefing.
Notification of activities affecting listed species or ecological communities
If you undertake an activity in or on a Commonwealth park or reserve that results in the unintentional death, injury, trading, taking, keeping or moving of:
- a member of a listed threatened species (except a conservation dependent species),
- a member of a listed threatened ecological community,
- a member of a listed migratory species, or
- a member of a listed marine species
and your activity was not authorised by a permit, then you must notify the Secretary of the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities within seven days of becoming aware of the incident. This includes accidental injury to wildlife whilst driving within the park. Failure to notify is an offence punishable by a fine.