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UK-Australia Overland

Wed Jan 11, 2006 8:03 am

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?
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RE: UK-Australia Overland

Wed Jan 11, 2006 8:25 am

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.
 
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RE: UK-Australia Overland

Wed Jan 11, 2006 8:43 am

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.

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RE: UK-Australia Overland

Wed Jan 11, 2006 9:00 am

I think P&O offer a 'human cargo' service on their ships.
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RE: UK-Australia Overland

Wed Jan 11, 2006 9:03 am

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.
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RE: UK-Australia Overland

Wed Jan 11, 2006 9:10 am

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.
 
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RE: UK-Australia Overland

Wed Jan 11, 2006 9:13 am

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
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RE: UK-Australia Overland

Wed Jan 11, 2006 7:50 pm

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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RE: UK-Australia Overland

Wed Jan 11, 2006 7:54 pm

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.
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RE: UK-Australia Overland

Wed Jan 11, 2006 9:54 pm

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.

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RE: UK-Australia Overland

Wed Jan 11, 2006 10:03 pm

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.
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RE: UK-Australia Overland

Fri Jan 13, 2006 2:52 am

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

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RE: UK-Australia Overland

Fri Jan 13, 2006 2:57 am

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
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RE: UK-Australia Overland

Fri Jan 13, 2006 4:49 am

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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