Hugh’s Dale Waterfall

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

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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Hugh\'s Dale Waterfall -10.478642, 105.559503 Hugh’s Dale Waterfall
Coordinates: 10.478642 S 105.559503 E
Categories: Waterfalls, Springs, Spring tufa, travertine and other formations
Values: Geology, Visual
Rating: (1.5 / 5)
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
Height: 10 – 15 m

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Coconut crabs, Christmas Island / , Wikimedia Commons / CC BY 2.0
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Virginia Falls / Paul Gierszewski, / public domain
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