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Viva New Caledonia!

Traveltalk's JON UNDERWOOD gets a taste of New Caledonia with hint of Elvis thrown in.

The day started with a retro trip on a charming French airline and ended with Elvis Presley. It doesn't get much better than that.


My first experience of AirCalin was resoundingly positive as we flew from Sydney to New Caledonia for the first ever tourism workshop. Travel operators, hoteliers and other interested parties gathered to tell Australian and New Zealand just what this little corner of France has to offer.


And that experience begins on the flight over, with announcements in French, a very handsome and handsomely dressed crew and a glass of cognac before disembarking.


New Caledonia itself could be a province of France magically transported across the globe. The cars are predominantly French, the signs are in French and everywhere you go there's French influences to be seen. Apart from the entertainment at island resort L'escapade, which was all Vegas, baby. An excellent Elvis impersonator, ably abetted by the manager of the hotel chain, rounded off a great first day in paradise. Can't wait to see more.



The international airline of New Caledonia, Aircalin, operates twelve flights per week non-stop from Australia to Noumea, New Caledonia. Flights take less than three hours from Sydney, under four hours from Melbourne and under two hours from Brisbane. Sydney flights operate six times a week, whilst Brisbane flights depart three times per week, on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday and Melbourne flights operate three times per week. For reservations call 1300 655 737 or visit


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Written by: Jon Underwood
Published: 1 June 2015

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