New Caledonia - South Pacific
6 to 27 October 2024
New Caledonia separated from Australia around 80 million years ago. Tectonic forces carried it like a cork towards the immensities of the Pacific Ocean. It is now located 1630 km from Brisbane and 2260 km from Sydney. It's both far and so close!
New Caledonia has been a French territory since 1853 but has been inhabited for around 3000 years by Austronesian populations. Therefore, European culture through French and Melanesian culture coexist on "Le Cailloux" (The Rock), which the natives affectionately call New Caledonia. In a fairly schematic way, French culture is found mainly in the Southern Province around Nouméa and Kanak culture in the Northern Province.
As Bushwalkers travellers, we will have the chance to discover these two provinces by following two Great Walk trails in both provinces, the so-called NC GR1 and NC GR2.
There is a possibility of a one or two-week extension to visit either or both of the Loyalty Islands, Maré and Lifou. It may be possible to do without doing the rest of the trip. Please contact me if you are interested.