Historic House-Private-crabs burrows next to house

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Entire cottage hosted by Rebekah

  1. 4 guests
  2. 1 bedroom
  3. 4 beds
  4. 1 bath
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Renovated heritage listed home in heritage suburb of Christmas Island.Very quiet, private space close to cliff walks & private cliff lookout.Sleeps 4.Family friendly.Listen to frigate birds soar above property & see frigates nesting in trees across the road in the jungle. During migration season, crabs will come down & walk through the property giving you fantastic opportunities to photograph them up close.10 min walk to Main services. Restaurants 5-10 min walk.Nature home with local wildlife

The space
This Donga still has most of its original fixtures such as the Windows in the bedroom, door handles, entrance doors and flooring. It has been difficult to keep the fixtures intact and in good condition due to the proximity of the Donga to the ocean. Many nails and metal/steel fixtures will rust heavily over time and it is difficult to maintain the Donga from other tropical elements such as rain, mould and vermin from the jungle.
Please be careful when opening the windows in the bedroom and please be careful when residing in the Donga. The Donga is in its 68th year and has the common problems associated with aged buildings.
There have been under 100 people to ever inhabit and stay at this Donga and this in itself is very rare!
This Donga is in a perfect place to view the Red Crab migration. Being so close to easily accessible rockpools by the cliffs edge, the female red crabs make their way from the jungle across the property to first dip themselves in the oceans water to replenish their salts and fluids from their long journey. The females then return to the upper banks near the cliff which is most of settlement and make burrows. The Male crabs follow soon after to first dip and then find a suitable female crab to breed with.
Directly across from the road are nesting Red Footed Booby Birds. You can also see the occasional frigate bird soaring above the treetops and some birds have nests in this area also.
From the bedroom you can hear the frigate birds in the trees and you can feel the ocean breeze from the window. You can also catch great glimpses of the Indian ocean from the bedroom window.
From the kitchen window when you sit at the breakfast bar you can catch glimpses of the ocean also.
Walking from the main donga to the laundry will take you past many resident red crab burrows and you will also see many wild chickens. The chickens roam free around settlement and you may find some freshly laid eggs somewhere around the house if your lucky!

What this place offers

Waterfront
Kitchen
Wifi
Free parking on premises
Pets allowed
TV
Washer
Dryer
Air conditioning
Unavailable: Carbon monoxide alarm

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Christmas Island, Christmas Island

Settlement is a historic ‘suburb’ that was built over the early 1930s to 1950s.
The majority of the Houses in Settlement are Heritage listed and were known as “Bungalows” in the initial colonisation of the Island.
The Houses in front on the cliffs edge were Servicemen houses that were built for Managers and Staff working for the Phosphate Mine.
This “Donga” was built back in 1950 and was used as “singles accommodation”. The smaller houses behind the bungalows are known as ‘servant’s quarters’ and further along in settlement there are ‘Dongas’, which are 1 bedroom houses used to accommodate the servants that worked the main bungalows and single unmarried workers for the Mine.

Hosted by Rebekah

  1. Joined in September 2015
  • 19 Reviews
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I was raised in Christmas Island and love the island more than anything in the world. I spend 12 years collecting historic pieces and artefacts that were left to rot and disappear in the Christmas Island jungle. I used to work at Christmas Island national park and can answer most questions if you have any about the natural history. I now work as Ranger manager for karijini National Park and the traditional Banjima lands. I love the intricacies of history, I love nature and I love crabs. I even have a robber crab tattooed on my leg! I’m a easy going host that loves for people to learn and discover whilst in their acccomodation. I love living life and opening peoples eyes to the absolute wonder that I see in life every day.
I was raised in Christmas Island and love the island more than anything in the world. I spend 12 years collecting historic pieces and artefacts that were left to rot and disappear…

During your stay

I’m available through text message or phone call! However I work long hours so text message is best.
0482 907 567 is my mobile number

I have family close by willing to help with any issues and great helpful neighbours. The island is very friendly and helpful.

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I’m available through text message or phone call! However I work long hours so text message is best.
0482 907 567 is my mobile number

I have family close by willin…

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  • Language: Magyar
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Check-in: 10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Checkout: 11:00 AM
Self check-in with lockbox
Pets are allowed
Smoking is allowed

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Nearby lake, river, other body of water
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