11 days in New Caledonia, Sydney & Port Vila Itinerary

11 days in New Caledonia, Sydney & Port Vila Itinerary

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11 days in New Caledonia, Sydney & Port Vila Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
1
Sydney, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
2
Noumea, New Caledonia
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  2​h
3
Port Vila, Vanuatu
— 1 night
Travel:  9​h 30​min
4
Mare, New Caledonia
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
5
Lifou, New Caledonia
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h 15​min
6
Sydney, Australia
— 2 nights
End: Sydney, Australia


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nights
Sydney, Australia

Sydney ©
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.
On the 4th (Sat), wander the streets of The Rocks, then stop by DUX Collection Sydney, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Manly Beach, meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Sydney journey maker website .

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Sydney. In January, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Noumea.

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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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night
Noumea, New Caledonia

Noumea ©
Capital of New Caledonia, Nouméa sits on a large peninsula of attractive, snaking bays.
On the 6th (Mon), take an in-depth tour of Musee de la Ville de Noumea, then head off the coast to Ilot Maitre, then meet the residents at Aquarium des Lagons Nouvelle Caledonie, and finally head off the coast to Ile aux Canards island. Keep things going the next day: explore the landscape on two wheels at Promenade Pierre-Vernier and then kick back and relax at Anse Vata Beach.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Noumea online travel route planner .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Noumea takes 6 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Noumea is 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Port Vila.

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Ile aux Canards island ©
Ile aux Canards island
Ilot Maitre ©
Ilot Maitre
Anse Vata Beach ©
Anse Vata Beach

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night
Port Vila, Vanuatu

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.
For traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Vila trip builder app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Noumea to Port Vila takes 2 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Port Vila can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Mare.

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Evergreen Cascades Waterfall ©
Evergreen Cascades Waterfall

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Mare, New Caledonia

Mare
On the 9th (Thu), kick back and relax at Yejele Beach.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Mare day trip site .

Explore your travel options from Port Vila to Mare with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 25°C. You will leave for Lifou on the 10th (Fri).

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Beaches Parks Outdoors

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Lifou, New Caledonia

Lifou ©
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): head off the coast to Lifou Island, then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Luengoni, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame de Lourdes.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Lifou road trip planning website .

Getting from Mare to Lifou by combination of flight and taxi takes about 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Sydney.

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Plage de Luengoni ©
Plage de Luengoni
Lifou Island ©
Lifou Island
Notre Dame de Lourdes ©
Notre Dame de Lourdes

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Sydney, Australia

Sydney ©
See some other sides of Sydney: wander the streets of Darling Harbour, make a trip to Sydney Harbour Bridge, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, and admire the natural beauty at Chinese Garden of Friendship.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Sydney online trip builder .

You can fly from Lifou to Sydney in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Lifou to Sydney, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

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Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
Australian National Maritime Museum ©

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