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Hugh’s Dale Waterfall

Hugh's Dale Waterfall, Christmas Island
Hugh’s Dale Waterfall, Christmas Island / David Stanley, Flickr / CC BY 2.0.

WorldBlue  In short

Tne of the highlights of Christmas Island is the unusual Hugh’s Dale Waterfall. The hard water of the spring, which feeds this waterfall, has formed impressive tufa deposits. The wall of these porous rocks forms an impressive accent in the exotic rainforest of The Dales and not less impressive are the rare rimstone pools formed below the waterfall.

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GPS coordinates
10.4786 S 105.5595 E
Location, address
Australia and Oceania, Australia, Christmas Island, western part of the island, lower terrace, second dale from the north
Alternate names
Hugh’s Dale, Hughe’s Tufa Waterfall
10 – 15 m

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WorldYellow In detail

Hughe’s Dale is the only out of seven-eight local dales with water flowing throughout the year.

Tourist path leads to this waterfall and tourists often take a bath under falling streams of clean, cool, and drinkable water.

Falls are of religious importance to local Buddhists.

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Spring tufa, travertine, and other formations

This category includes very diverse landmarks that have one thing in common: all of them are created by springs that are depositing chemical sediments – silica, carbonates, salt, or other chemical compounds.

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