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User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19259 posts, RR: 52
Posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1308 times:

I am a regular traveller. I am, at this time, developing an idea to travel overland, using public buses, trains and ferries, from the UK to Australia, possibly starting late this year. Anyway, it would effectively go through Europe, Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, Tibet, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia (a foreigner can't go Bangladesh-Myanmar-Thailand overland and would have big visa problems going India-Nepal-Tibet)). It would seem that there aren't any ferries or boats (at least not regular ones) from anywhere in Indonesia, including East Temor, to Australia, which essentially means that I must either fly to Australia from Indonesia - thus meaning it's not all overland, which defeats the objective - or end in Indonesia. Now, considering that, would you prefer to nevertheless fly to Australia and end it there, or end it in Indonesia?


"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
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User currently offlineJHFLYER From Australia, joined Oct 2005, 25 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1300 times:

Well I work in Indonesia and live in Australia and I would have to say that it is a must to finish it in Australia, regardless of how you get there.

User currently offlineQANTASforever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1294 times:

I'm sure you could arrange to go by sea from Singapore to Australia. Obviously, being a continent - you won't be able to travel overland to Australia the whole way.

You should contact cargo ship lines. Not the most luxurious way to travel, but its an extraordinary experience - especially the journey through Indonesian waters to Australia.

QFF


User currently offlineMhodgson From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2002, 5047 posts, RR: 25
Reply 3, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1289 times:

I think P&O offer a 'human cargo' service on their ships.


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User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19259 posts, RR: 52
Reply 4, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1287 times:

I think I'd end in Singapore - that way, I'd be able to travel purely by both buses and trains, considering that ferries or boats technically aren't overland.


"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineScott0305 From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 196 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1279 times:

Quoting QANTASforever (Reply 2):
I'm sure you could arrange to go by sea from Singapore to Australia. Obviously, being a continent - you won't be able to travel overland to Australia the whole way.

Sod Australia, you won't get to France "overland" the whole way.


User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19259 posts, RR: 52
Reply 6, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1277 times:

Quoting Scott0305 (Reply 5):
Sod Australia, you won't get to France "overland" the whole way.

Well, if I go underneath, i.e. through the Channel Tunnel, it's technically more overland than through the water.  Silly



"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineGman94 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 1239 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1240 times:

Found this link on an Australian website while trying to work out my trip for the Ashes, talks about travelling to Australia using the Trans-Siberian Railway most of the way.

http://www.seat61.com/Australia.htm#Europe%20to%20Australia

It's possible to travel most of the way from London to Australia by train via the Trans-Siberian Railway, and quite a few people choose to travel this way. You travel from London to Moscow by train, Moscow to China by Trans-Siberian Railway, by train from Beijing to Hanoi and Saigon, by bus through Cambodia and then by train from Bangkok to Singapore. The trip will take 3-4 weeks. However, although there are ferries from Singapore to Indonesia, there are no regular passenger ships to Australia from either Singapore or Indonesia. Unless you can find a cruise or passenger-carrying freighter, your only option for the last leg from Southeast Asia to Australia is probably by air. If you are interested, see the London to Russia page, the Trans-Siberian page, the Vietnam page, the Cambodia page, and the Thailand page.



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User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19259 posts, RR: 52
Reply 8, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1236 times:

Thanks. Yeah, I am familar with that website. However, that route does not appeal so much, so I'd rather go UK-Europe-Turkey-Iran-Pakistan-Tibet-China and then either China-Laos-Thailand-Malaysia-Singapore or China-Vietnam-Cambodia-Thailand-Malaysia-Singapore.


"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineClassicLover From Ireland, joined Mar 2004, 4659 posts, RR: 23
Reply 9, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1218 times:

Why not join a cruise ship?

http://www.cruiseweb.com/RSS-ASIA.HTM

Dunno how much it costs, but they have itineraries from Singapore to Sydney.

Also, a lot of companies do World Cruises as well. I don't think it's impossible to find a ship just because there's no regular weekly service.

Trent.



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User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19259 posts, RR: 52
Reply 10, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1214 times:

Quoting ClassicLover (Reply 9):
Why not join a cruise ship?

I'm not doing a cruise! I'm only 23!  Silly Besides, the concept bores the hell out of me - I'm a very active person (when I'm not behind a computer).

I would happily get a ferry or whatever if one existed, but hey.



"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineBigOrange From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 2375 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1188 times:

Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 8):
I'd rather go UK-Europe-Turkey-Iran-Pakistan-Tibet-China

Just make sure you're out of Iran before Bush decides an invasion is necessary  Wink


User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1187 times:

You could always do what the Indonesians do, and pay 10,000 dollars to rent a biscuit tin in Kupang and try to sail over. With any luck the Australian Navy will find you, kick seven kinds of c**p out of you and send you to Nauru. You won't actually reach Australia, but we'll all have a good laugh at your expense.  Smile

User currently offlineAmhilde From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 643 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks ago) and read 1165 times:

I was on seat61 the other day (awesome site) and was thinking the same thing- but got stuck on the how to cross water to Australia thing. I think thats a must- you can always fly back :P

How far is it across- cant be that far, right?



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