Home and Direction Islands, Australia

Photos taken by David Stanley on a visit to Home and Direction islands in the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Australia.
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This lagoon beach on Direction Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, is a great place for a swim.

Since we have finally reached the official start of summer I thought it would be nice to dream a little by making a summer bucket list!

Red hermit crabs are often seen on Direction Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands. As the crab grows larger it swaps its shell.

Red hermit crabs are often seen on Direction Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands. As the crab grows larger it swaps its shell.

This derelict building behind Oceania House on Home Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, was part of the Clunies-Ross estate.

This derelict building behind Oceania House on Home Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, was part of the Clunies-Ross estate.

The mosque on Home Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, serves the local Cocos Malay community.

The mosque on Home Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, serves the local Cocos Malay community.

Some 400 Cocos Malay people lives in homes such as these along Jalan Kembang Molok on Home Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands.

Some 400 Cocos Malay people lives in homes such as these along Jalan Kembang Molok on Home Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands.

The Rip between Direction and Home islands, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, offers spectacular drift snorkeling on an incoming tide.

The Rip between Direction and Home islands, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, offers spectacular drift snorkeling on an incoming tide.

Port Refuge on Direction Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, was the final anchorage of the German light cruiser SMS Emden.

Port Refuge on Direction Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, was the final anchorage of the German light cruiser SMS Emden.

The interior of Direction Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, is thick with coconut trees.

The interior of Direction Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, is thick with coconut trees.

A gazebo on Direction Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, has displays on the November 1914 naval battle between the light cruisers HMAS Sydney and SMS Emden.

A gazebo on Direction Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, has displays on the November 1914 naval battle between the light cruisers HMAS Sydney and SMS Emden.

Cruising yachts tend to anchor in the protected waters off Direction Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands.

Cruising yachts tend to anchor in the protected waters off Direction Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands.

Twice a week the catamaran ferry Cahaya Baru ties up at this jetty on Direction Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands.

Twice a week the catamaran ferry Cahaya Baru ties up at this jetty on Direction Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands.

This lovely lagoon beach is on the west side of Home Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands.

This lovely lagoon beach is on the west side of Home Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands.

Pulu Gangsa Cemetery is at the north end of Home Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands.

Pulu Gangsa Cemetery is at the north end of Home Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands.

Ocean waves crash into a beach on the east side of Home Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands.

Ocean waves crash into a beach on the east side of Home Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands.

In 1886 Queen Victoria granted the Cocos (Keeling) Islands to the Clunies-Ross family in perpetuity. This road leads to their former residence on Home Island.

In 1886 Queen Victoria granted the Cocos (Keeling) Islands to the Clunies-Ross family in perpetuity. This road leads to their former residence on Home Island.

The ancestral home of the Clunies-Ross family, Oceania House (1893) on Home Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, was built using white-faced bricks imported from Glasgow, Scotland.

The ancestral home of the Clunies-Ross family, Oceania House on Home Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, was built using white-faced bricks imported from Glasgow, Scotland.

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