The Cocos (Keeling) Islands is a tropical paradise located in the middle of the Indian Ocean that is one of Australia’s most unique holiday destinations.
Two small coral atolls consisting of 27 islands situated halfway between Perth, Western Australia and Sri Lanka make up the Cocos (Keeling) Islands. They are located 3600 km (approximately 2237 miles) due west of Darwin, and are Australia’s most distant and least-known territory.
Where to Stay on the Cocos (Keeling) Islands
The islands have a number of self-catering holiday houses and apartments for rent that are ideal for couples and families wanting the comforts of home, but in a tropical island setting. All except two of the properties are located on West Island in the main settlement and are in easy walking distance to the shops, restaurant, cafe and beach. There are two accommodation options on Home Island, the only other inhabited island situated across the lagoon.
West Island houses the only motel on the islands which also has the only on-site restaurant called the Tropika. Although at the budget end of the accommodation scale, the Cocos Beach Motel has many rooms that directly overlook the ocean and all come with a private ensuite and air conditioning.
Resort-Style Accommodation on the Cocos (Keeling) Islands
The islands offer a selection of resort-style accommodation that are all self-contained and within easy walking distance to all of the island’s facilities. The Cocos Castaway boasts being a coconut throw away from the ocean and is more suited to couples or singles sharing, though a family with one child would be fine. The villas are beautifully furnished, air-conditioned and all have large verandahs to make the most of the spectacular view.
The Cocos Village Bungalows is a resort complex surrounded by a tropical garden which sits across the road from the ocean. One of the highlights of the bungalows is the outdoor BBQ and entertainment area. It also boasts a honeymoon suite with lagoon view.
Overlooking the golf course and the lagoon is the Cocos Cottages, three free-standing Bali-style cottages with all the works including large verandahs and an on-site BBQ area.
Cocos Seaview caters for couples and singles with three beach suites that have air-conditioning and large verandahs. An outdoor kitchen is fully equipped and only 50 metres from the ocean.
Holiday Houses on the Cocos (Keeling) Islands
There are only four holiday houses currently available for rent on West Island, which boasts a population of approximately 100 people.
The Lagoon has three-bedrooms and is fully self-contained. With all the convenience of a family home, one of its biggest assets is the outdoor kitchen area on the large deck overlooking the lagoon side of the island.
The Cocos Homestead is one of the larger holiday houses for rent and would suit large families or groups of friends wanting to share their holiday. The homestead overlooks the lagoon and is fully self-contained.
The Castle has a huge outdoor BBQ area and can house up to eight people. It is in walking distance to all the amenities, 100 metres to the beach, but doesn’t have a direct view over the ocean or the lagoon.
My Island Home is set a short distance away from most of the housing on West Island so is ideal for those wanting seclusion. It is fully self-contained and although it sleeps four people is touted as the honeymoon house.
Accommodation on Home Island
A 30-minute ferry ride across the lagoon from West Island is Home Island, where a Cocos-Malay community of approximately 500 people live. A ferry service runs throughout the day between both islands and visitors are welcome but should remember to wear the appropriate attire out of respect for the Muslim community.
Home Island offers two main accommodation choices. The Ocean Villa has two bedrooms and is self-contained. It offers a fully-equipped kitchen, shared bathroom and laundry facilities and is air-conditioned.
Oceania House was the previous home of the Clunies-Ross family who up until 1984 were the owners of the islands before they sold them to the Australian Government. The colonial house has been restored and each room is decorated with antiques. It overlooks the lagoon and boasts a visit from Queen Elizabeth in its colourful history.