21 days in New Caledonia, Port Vila & Sydney Itinerary

21 days in New Caledonia, Port Vila & Sydney Itinerary

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Port Vila, Vanuatu
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Lifou, New Caledonia
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Ile Des Pins, New Caledonia
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Sydney, Australia
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Port Vila, Vanuatu

— 3 nights
The capital of Vanuatu and the largest settlement on Efate, Port Vila plays home to a number of busy markets, cafes, bars, and restaurants catering to the tourism industry.
To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Port Vila online journey planner.

If you are flying in from New Zealand, the closest major aiport is Bauerfield International Airport. In June in Port Vila, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. You will leave for Lifou on the 4th (Fri).

Things to do in Port Vila

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife
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Lifou, New Caledonia

To find out how to plan a trip to Lifou, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Port Vila to Lifou takes 7 hours. On the 5th (Sat), you'll travel to Ile Des Pins.

Things to do in Lifou

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
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Ile Des Pins, New Caledonia

L'ile la plus proche du paradis (the island closest to paradise)

Just a little way off the southern end of Grand Terre, Île des Pins (the Isle of Pines) gets its name from the tall columnar pines that stick out of the surrounding vegetation like bristles on a brush.
On the 5th (Sat), see majestic marine mammals with Oriana Nautique.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Ile Des Pins online itinerary planner.

Fly from Lifou to Ile Des Pins in 4.5 hours. In June in Ile Des Pins, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 21°C at night. On the 5th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Ile Des Pins

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
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Sydney, Australia

— 16 nights

The Harbour City

Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Blue Mountains Botanic Garden and Hassan's Wall. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge), Lennox Bridge (in Blaxland) and Wentworth Falls Lookout (in Wentworth Falls). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Sublime Point Lookout, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, visit The Rocks, and take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Sydney trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Ile Des Pins to Sydney takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from New Caledonia Standard Time (NCT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Ile Des Pins in June, things will get slightly colder in Sydney: highs are around 21°C and lows about 11°C.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

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New Caledonia travel guide

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Beaches · Islands · Scuba & Snorkeling
An archipelago consisting of the sizable Grande Terre as well as a scattering of smaller surrounding islands, New Caledonia has many of the tourist draws characteristic of the South Pacific: long sandy beaches, swaying palm trees, azure lagoons, and coral reefs. It also supports many unique species of plants and animals, such as the tall conifers that tower above the palm trees lining the waterside. Nature lovers on holiday in New Caledonia should head to the lagoon that surrounds Grande Terre: a World Heritage Site and one of the largest lagoons in the world, it is home to countless species of marine life, including endangered dugongs and green sea turtles. The local culture blends French chic and Melanesian warmth, and it is usually a only short walk from the beach to a stylish bar, cafe, or gourmet restaurant.