New Caledonia is a French territory that lies over 1,000km east of Queensland in the Pacific Ocean. The tropical archipelago consists of several groups of islands. It has the richest biodiversity in the world per square kilometre, and the mountains, swamps, valleys and sea create countless microclimates from region to region. Caledonian culture is a fascinating hybrid of tribal traditions and modern influences, and the locals are famously friendly. Whether you want to relax and unwind in a seaside resort or explore the great outdoors, you’ll find what you’re looking for in New Caledonia.
Fast facts about New Caledonia
Where is it? New Caledonia lies 1,210km east of Australia in the Pacific Ocean.
How do I get there? Flights to the capital, Noumea, depart from Brisbane. Airlines include Qantas, Aircalin, Virgin and Air New Zealand. Direct flights take approximately 2 hours and 10 minutes.
When should I go? Visit in April to witness the Avocado Festival, a celebration of the work of the agricultural community and a chance to experience tribal life on the island of Maré. Or fly over in August for the Bourail Fair, a celebration of bush life; highlights include the delicious local food, the rodeo and the thong-throwing competition.
What should I do? Take a cruise, experience the nightlife in Noumea, explore nature on a quad bike, a horse, a mountain bike or in a canoe, hike one of New Caledonia’s many walking trails through pristine mountains, forests, river valleys, swamps and beaches, and visit a museum to better understand the history of the archipelago and its people.