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getting back to the uk from australia without flying

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

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Really need a hand here people, don't want to stay in australia any longer, have over stayed my visa and wish to go home to the uk!
Have sufficient funds etc, but the problem i face is "Flying"... have had this fear for about 10 years and have only flown twice in said time.
Getting back home is my cocncern, but without flying!
If anyone can offer any real advice, ie charter shipping, yachts, or any other means, i'd be very grateful.
please feel free to email me on johnny shabba @msn .com
Thank you all
Realise that over staying visa is a no no, but due to fear of flying out weighing my reason, this is the possition i now find myself in.

2. Posted by Tittle12 (Budding Member 17 posts) 8y

Perhaps a possibility?

3. Posted by KineAgathe (Full Member 21 posts) 8y

wow... A bus from London to Sidney...

4. Posted by BlankFrack (Respected Member 280 posts) 8y

Seat61 has some detailed information about overland travel from Singapore, but to actually get to Singapore or Indonesia without flying appears to be quite difficult as there are no passenger ferries. The only options are cruise ships or freight it would seem.

This company also seems to do freight travel between Australia and the UK but is a little sparse on information -

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 18, 2008, at 6:16 AM by BlankFrack ]

5. Posted by HUSSMAN198 (Budding Member 20 posts) 8y

perhaps get into contact with the smugglers who try to get "refugees" in from indonesia... surely their return ticket on one of their cruise liners would have cheap fares.. especially from naroo or christmas island:)

6. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 8y

Strand travel offer a number of options for using Cargo ships between Australia and the UK (and all over the world), and indeed offer this either Eastbound (via Panama) or Westbound (via Suez). However, for technical reasons, space is strictly limited, and they generally book out a year or two in advance for such long trips. However, you have nothing to loose in asking, and they can often help out with other companies as well if they have nothing. They will be your best bet, though the fact you are looking to leave quickly works against you.

However. bear in mind that your goal is to leave Australia, not get back here straight away - if there are no direct UK/Europe spaces available, you might be able to get a boat to somewhere in Asia or the Americas, which gets you on your way, and means you can then continue overland from there. That is probably a better option than sitting it out in Australia for 12months waiting for a direct berth to be available.

Perhaps a possibility?

I seem to recall that the problem with Ozbus, is whilst the bus itself is shipped between Oz and East Timor/Indonesia, the passengers actually fly. Having said that, they may well be able to arrange passage over that section, with the bus, for an extra fee.

but to actually get to Singapore or Indonesia without flying appears to be quite difficult as there are no passenger ferries.

That is indeed the hardest part. Counter intuitively, if you are "hitching" your best bet is to try and get a boat from Brisbane/Sydney/Perth/Melbourne to Hong Kong/Shanghai/Korea, as there are significantly more Freighters on such routes as the short Darwin-Singapore/Indonesia route.

Some friends of mine made it the whole way from London-Sydney by surface a couple of years ago, though only 2 of the 4 got the whole way by surface. They basically hung around Indonesian islands asking questions until they found a dodgy guy (American? can't remember) with a yaught who did occasional journeys, and then crewed/paid for berths on his next jny south, though they had to wait a while and also got lucky - he was the only person the locals were aware of who made such a journey with any kind of regularity, though you will always find occassional other boats going the same way who may or may not be able to help.

I would also say that if you can't manage the whole way, (i know that you don't want to fly at all, and there is also much more achievement in doing the whole thing without flying) you could get a flight from Darwin to Indonesia, which will mean you only fly 2 or 3hours instead of 24...

Good luck, and any more questions etc, just ask!
Rich (TP's own non-flying expert/idiot)