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The in­ter­na­tional air­line of New Cale­do­nia, Air­calin, op­er­ates 12 flights per week non-stop from Aus­tralia to Noumea, the cap­i­tal of New Cale­do­nia. Flights take just over two hours from Bris­bane, less than three hours from Syd­ney and un­der four hours from Mel­bourne.

1300-655-737; au.air­calin.com WHERE TO STAY Newly ren­o­vated, the beach­front Le Méri­dien Noumea Re­sort & Spa is a laid­back blend of French so­phis­ti­ca­tion and warm Pa­cific is­land am­bi­ence. Over­look­ing Anse Vata Bay – a hot spot for sun­set kitesurf­ing – the re­sort’s trop­i­cal gar­dens and ex­cel­lent restau­rants com­ple­ment spa­cious, light-filled rooms and suites. lemeri­di­en­noumea.com FUR­THER INFORMATION

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