Noumea is the capital city of the French territory, New Caledonia which is located in the Pacific Ocean. Tourism is the leading industry in Noumea and the city comprises an industrial and business zone including a port used for both cruise ships and international trade. Noumea is also home to a pyro-metallurgical nickel treatment plant, with the nickel industry being the largest employer.

Agreement with City of Gold Coast: Sister City, 1992.

Population: Noumea has a population of approximately 100,000.

Language: The official language spoken in Noumea is French.

Location: Noumea is the capital city of the French territory, New Caledonia and lies within the Pacific Ocean east of Australia. It is located on the south of the main island Grand Terre.

Climate: Noumea has a warm tropical climate. The cool season is from April to August and the hottest period is from September to March. The rainy season is between January and March. In Noumea and along the west coast of New Caledonia, the seasons are less defined than on the east coast. Temperatures range from an average of 25°C in summer to an average of 20°C in winter.

Distance from the Gold Coast: Approximately 2 hours by plane.

Local time: The local time of Noumea is Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) +11 which is one hour ahead of the Gold Coast.

Discover Noumea

Located in the heart of the South Pacific and only a 2-hour plane ride away, Noumea is a tropical paradise with French influence. Also a popular cruise ship destination, Noumea offers picturesque islands to explore (Duck Island, Amedee Island, Maître Islet) and is famous for its sunshine, beaches and shopping. Visit Coconut Tree Square, Tjibaou Cultural Centre, Baie des Citrons and Anse Vata Bay or Noumea's City Market to try some local cuisine.

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