Cattle return to the Néméara farm, BourailCattle return to the Néméara farm, Bourail
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West Coast

A land of leisure and wide-open spaces

Embark on an adventure to the expansive landscapes of the West Coast and its UNESCO World Heritage lagoon! Vibrant and dynamic, this region offers a plethora of cultural, natural, and sporting activities. Explore natural parks perfect for hiking or mountain biking, relax on endless beaches, indulge in water sports, take lagoon flights, visit historic villages, experience ecotourism resorts, and even enjoy horseback riding. Discover this realm of harmony between land and sea without delay!

From Nouméa, follow expressway n°2, then RT1, driving north. In just 2 hours, you’ll arrive in the town of Bourail. From there, venture across the expansive desert to reach Koné in 1 hours and 20 minutes or Poum, located at the northern tip of Grande Terre, in 3 hours and 20 minutes. You can also fly to Koné and rent a car upon arrival. Guided tours are available from Nouméa or Bourail. Alternatively, shuttles can transport you directly to Bourail from Nouméa – La Tontouta International Airport.

West Coast ranchers have fully embraced the lifestyle of American cowboys and Australian stockmen. To immerse yourself in this ‘Broussard’ world and partake in their daily lives, consider staying with local residents, visiting farms, or attending the renowned Foire de Bourail (Bourail Fair)!

Stockmen culture: the French Cowboys
Stockmen culture: the French Cowboys
Stockmen culture: the French Cowboys

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