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1. Posted by TKolb325 (Full Member 197 posts) 11y

Can anyone tell me the best way to jump from Northern Australia to Indonesia? I plan on travelling from Sydney to Indonesia, so I'm assuming I will be leaving through Darwin. Should I take a plane or a boat? Or maybe pull a J.C. and walk it? Also, I have been told that Australia wants proof that I will be leaving the country when I travel there. So then I need a plane/boat ticket out of OZ in order to get in? Any help would be great. Thanks.

2. Posted by B1121 (Budding Member 12 posts) 11y


I sailed from Darwin to Indonesia and plan to do it again. The yacht club in Darwin has a notice board where you can find messages of people looking for crew.

What time of the year will you be leaving Darwin? There are a lot of boats going to several places in Indonesia around June/July/August, and they are always looking for crew. You don't need any experience.

If you leave Darwin by boat you will clear customs and immigration the previous day. But the skipper of the boat would tell you all about that, as it is his responsibility that all people on his boat are legal.

By rights you don't need a visa into Indonesia, you can get one on arrival. But I strongly recommend you get one anyway, because the harbour masters in Indonesia care a lot more about their own pockets than the legalities...

Sailing is a lot cheaper and a lot more fun than planes.


3. Posted by B1121 (Budding Member 12 posts) 11y

I forgot to mention: You don't need to necessarily have a ticket out of the country. But you might have to be able to show sufficient funds to buy one.

I haven't always been an Aussie. When I still lived in Germany I flew back and forth many times. I never had to show that I have a ticket out of here when I arrived here. Doesn't mean they will not want to see some assurance that you intend to leave again.They might. But as I said, enough money to support yourself during your stay and to purchase a ticket will do that.

4. Posted by TKolb325 (Full Member 197 posts) 11y

That is an awesome suggestion. I have looked up a few searches to find some yacht clubs to make arrangements, but I am having trouble finding any sites. Most of the sites I find are geared more towards the competitive side of sailing, and not so much for transport. If you have a link handy, I would much appreciate a point in the right direction. Thank you!

5. Posted by B1121 (Budding Member 12 posts) 11y

This is the website of the Darwin Sailing Cub, where you'll find contact details.

Once you know when you will be there just give them a buzz, say you'll fax a note through and if they could put it up on the notice board. On the note say that you are available as crew, and where and when you'd like to go. You might be lucky. If not go down to the club when you get there and check out the notice board.

This site has info about the races and ralleys I was mentioning, dates etc.

And they are not real sporting events. It's just a bunch of boats going over to Indonesia together, most of them are cruising yachts. It's safer that way as there are a lot of pirates in these waters. I went in the Darwin-Kupang Ralley, but there will be other ralleys as well. Most of the boats participating continue on from Kupang via Flores, Lombok to Bali and then Thailand and Vietnam etc. For many it's just one leg of their round-the-world-trip.

There are several websites where people are looking for crew, which you probably found already by searching for sailing crew wanted etc, but I don't find them very helpful. The best way is always to go down to the marina or sailing club or whatever at the right time, and ask.

Good luck!

6. Posted by chris-anna (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y

Hi there,

Me & My girlfriend are looking to do this also, around the first week of January next year. You mentioned it being quite easy in the cooler dry season, but does anyone know if its just as easy in Jan?


7. Posted by AndyB24 (Respected Member 167 posts) 8y

Sailing sounds like a great way to get there!

If you want to fly, there is a budget airline that flies out of perth and darwin all over asia. Just google Tiger air.

8. Posted by Planetride (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y


I'm attempting to cycle from Brisbane Australia to Copenhagen Denmark to collect and then deliver a petition asking for international government action to reduce pollution and increase environmental protection. I'm going to reach Darwin in late Sept or early October 2008, and hope to get a boat from there to Kupang. Does anyone know if there is one going? If so, what's the best way to contact them?



9. Posted by Araluen (Respected Member 346 posts) 8y

Quoting chris-anna

Hi there,

Me & My girlfriend are looking to do this also, around the first week of January next year. You mentioned it being quite easy in the cooler dry season, but does anyone know if its just as easy in Jan?


To the best of my knowledge, there are no longer boats going Darwin to Indonesia. The only website is Thisbut the information is three years old and doesn't appear to have been updated. And considering the price given there for the air fare, I doubt you'd be saving much.

Good luck with it though.