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From Indonesia to Australia by boat ?

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1. Posted by janbelgium (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y

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In a couple of weeks a friend and me will be travelling through Indonesia and possibly Bali. We were thinking about taking a boat to go to Cape Horn Australia and preferably to Cairns. Has anybody has experiences with it? We don't mind working on a boat/cargo. Is it maybe a better plan to cross the border with Papua New Guinea and take a boat from there to Cairns? We're not looking for expensive flight tickets.

In general, anybody worked before for shipping compagnies going from Indonesia to Cairns?

I'm sure some travellers already did it before and I want to know about there experiences.

Thanks a lot!

2. Posted by justjohan (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y

sorry, i can't help you........
but i suggest you contact the goverment of Cape horn to find some valid schedule about cargo from bali...

just for you to know...
it has a bad weather accross Indonesia..
so better if you done it by plane...
the sea levels are extremely high for a few weeks.....


3. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 10y

I realise this isn't exactly what you are asking for, but Strand Travel are now listing places on a cargo ship from Port Kelang in Peninsular Malaysia to Fremantle and Sydney with fares starting from £600.

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 13, 2007, at 1:27 AM by magykal1 ]

4. Posted by rama_h (Inactive 91 posts) 10y

My suggestion... DON'T EVEN TRY IT!!! At least for now... Have you heard of all the ships that has been sinking in Indonesian waters for the past week? not to mention the missing Jetliner, all due to bad weather...

5. Posted by Budai (Respected Member 506 posts) 10y

dont try it now - weather is terrible and there has been a lot of boats capsising in Indonesia, Borneo, and the missing jetliner tragedy. Unless your going on a huge ship, it will be a dangerous and unenjoyable voyage right now...

6. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5597 posts) 10y

I've read that probably the monsoon will end earlier this year in norther Australia, but it's better you wat until march. Your best bet will be Timor to catch a yaught or something, or otherwise local fishermen, illegally fishing in Australian waters are ok. There are no ferries or whatever, don't no about cargo ships.

7. Posted by janbelgium (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y

Ok, thank you all for the info!