Say hello to Australia’s closest east coast neighbour. Escape for a tropical long weekend away and discover where France meets the Pacific.
The thriving, indigenous Kanak culture and the influence of French colonial history on the language, food and lifestyle of Nouvelle Caledonie have created a cultural mix that’s both beautiful and unique.
While Noumea has a delicious Riviera-style vibe with cafes, restaurants and an active night life, the further you travel from the capital the more you’ll experience more traditional ways of life. The east coast is sumptuous and green, home to a larger Melanesian population. The north west region is 'cowboy country' with its wonderful mix of French farming communities, while the great south is brimming with nature reserves – an outdoor adventure playground. And the islands surrounding the Mainland, Grande Terre, are pristine gems waiting to be discovered.