New Caledonia-GR1 Carenage River Overlook
New Caledonia

The New Caledonia Grand Route 1 (NC-GR1) is a walking trail that goes from Baie de la Somme in the south of the big island of Grande Terre all the way to Dumbea River, just west of Noumea. Much of the track follows old mining and logging roads and you can find ruins along the way. 

This sphere image shows where an old mining rail road once cut through. There are still traces of the railroad track in the bush. Today the river and bush has mostly recovered and wilderness has returned - with a few scars. Notice the tree barely hanging on to the upper edge of the eroded slope. It looks precarious but I saw that same tree looking just like it does now over 25 years ago and it will probably be there if you decide to make this trek yourself one day.

Copyright: Richard Chesher
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 11554x5777
Taken: 13/01/2013
Uploaded: 14/01/2013
Updated: 26/05/2014


Tags: nc-gr1; new caledonia; river; carenage; overlook; gopro; hero3; trekking
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