New Caledonia is well worth the trip over from the Australian mainland; from a lagoon registered on the UNESCO World Heritage list, to a spectacular natural landscape, a charming mix of French and Melanesia, and long gorgeous beaches, there’s literally nothing more you could ask for. New Caledonia is a land of welcome and authenticity unlike many places around the world, where people and cultures blend together seamlessly – and it’s the capital city of Noumea that holds all of this together.
Noumea has spectacular white sandy beaches, well-preserved historic beaches, a charming French atmosphere, picturesque bays, sassy French restaurants, imported Asian textiles markets, and more. Indeed, the cosmopolitan capital is the perfect combination of South Pacific hospitality and European elegance, sitting on a hilly peninsula, and offering all the activities you could ask for.
The centre of the city revolves around Place des Cocotiers, which is surrounded by landscaped gardens, while the main leisure area can be found at Baius des Citrons and Anse Vata, with beaches bars, nightclubs, and restaurants. With only about 100,00 residents in the whole city, it’s definitely a calmer version of Sydney or Canberra – but with some amazing views to make up for it.