“The Fijian market is supplied by Sydney and New Zealand as the Melbourne route is not economic due to the Bass Strait current or seas.
1730 miles from Sydney: “The distance from Sydney is generally given as 1730 miles, but ship-masters reckon on going 1000 before they anchor in Levuka; the passage usually occupies around 11 to about 20 days, and from about December to March, often more. From Sydney there is always a vessel on the berth for Fiji, and often four or five.
1200 miles from Auckland: “The passage is usually about ten days each way. Melbourne – Levuka trade not economic: “Melbourne has very little direct traffic with Fiji, the time occupied in clearing Bass’s Straits prolonging the voyage ; the Alhambra, steamship, was dispatched by…last October, but the voyage was evidently unprofitable, for the attempt to open up a trade was discontinued. The distance fromMelbourne to Levuka is a little over two thousand miles. ”.
The Sydney Morning Herald Friday 3 March 1871 http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13221624 and http://www.davidrumsey.com/luna/servlet/detail/RUMSEY~8~1~24701~940040:Physical-chart-of-the-Pacific-Ocean