Country Information


Location: Country in South East Asia situated between Indian and the Pacific Ocean
Capital: Jakarta
Population: 258 million
Currency: Indonesian Rupiah
Language: Indonesian
Main Religion: Muslim (Indonesia is the most populous Muslim majority country)

Hello: Halo or Selamat Pagi
Thank you: Terima Kasih

Dates in the country

Mid November till mid January 2017


Indonesia has an almost entirely tropical climate, with the coastal plains averaging 28°C, the inland and mountain areas averaging 26°C, and the higher mountain regions, 23°C. The area’s relative humidity is quite high and ranges between 70 and 90 percent.


Public Holidays

  • January 1st New year’s day
  • March 9th Bali’s day of silence/end of Hindi new year
  • March/April Good Friday/Easter
  • May 1st Labour Day
  • May 5th Ascension day of Jesus Christ
  • May 6th Ascension of the Prophet Muhammed
  • May 22nd Waisak Day
  • July 6th -7th Idul Fitri Day
  • August 17th Indonesian Independence day
  • September 12th Muslim day of sacrifice
  • October 2nd Islamic New year
  • December 12th Prophet Muhammed Birthday
  • December 25th Christmas


Free Visa (more than 140 countries (FREE entry, 30 days valid NOT extendable)
Visa on Arrival (costs 35US$, 30 days valid, can be extended (once for 30 days)

Visa application need to apply for a 60-day visa can be applied for in Australia or in Dili, Timor-Leste
Requires 1x passport photos (taken within 6-months or newer)

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Vaccines advised:

  • Tetanus
  • Diphtheria
  • Hepatitis A
  • Typhoid
  • Rabies
  • Japanese Encephalitis
  • Malaria: Yes tablets required in West Timor and Flores Islands and precautions with repellent and covering up in Sumbawa and Lombok

Rules of the Road

In Indonesia, roads around the cities are usually of good quality and well signed and marked. Rural road conditions are generally poor and many roads are narrow. Most rural roads have two lanes, but do not have road markings and lights. Road traffic signs are sometimes written in English and Indonesian languages, but often only in Indonesian.Toll roads are only in urban areas.

Foreign visitors may drive with their International driving permits if they are accompanied by their original driver licences. Can drive on an International driving permit for one year after arriving in Indonesia. It is recommended that visitors obtain International driving permits before arriving in Indonesia.

The main Indonesian road traffic rules:

  • Traffic flows on the left side of the road.
  • The minimum age for driving in Indonesia is 17 years.
  • It is obligatory to have a sticker on the car which displays the country’s initials.
  • Any foreign driver must always carry his International driving permit accompanied by an original driver license, passport, and vehicle registration or rental papers.
  • Front seats must have seat belts.
  • Basic liability or third party insurance is required for all vehicles.
  • Using a mobile phone while driving is not permitted.
  • Each vehicle must have safety belts for a driver and front seat passengers; warning road triangle; fluorescent safety jacket; first aid kit; fire extinguisher; spare tire; jack and tire iron.
  • It is recommended to have a vehicle a set of spare light bulbs and a tow rope.
  • Be careful, Indonesian drivers can use the road shoulders as lanes for passing.
  • It is not recommended to drive at night since vehicles may not display lights and trucks have wrongly coloured front lights.
  • Parking is normally permitted in marked parking bays.
  • The speed limits are: in built-up areas – 50 km/h; on highways – 100 km/h for motorbikes and cars and 60 to 80 km/h for trucks; on roads – 80 km/h.
  • In Indonesia, it is zero tolerance for driving under the influence of alcohol.
  • Police phone number is 110.
  • A carnet is required in Indonesia.

Places to Visit

  • Komodo National Park
  • Mt Tambora
  • Puri Dajuma Hotel West Bali
  • Bandung
  • Ubud



Ferry Crossings

  • Kupang, West Timor to Larantuka, Flores – Thursday and Sunday Sailings, 120 miles, 15 hours, approx cost for car and 2 people 1,800,000rp $185AUD
  • Labuanbajo, Flores to Sape, Sumbawa – twice daily, 75 miles, 7 hours, approx cost for car and 2 people 1,408,000rp $145AUD
  • Poto Tano, Sumbawa to labuhan, Lombok – every 45 minutes, 12 miles, 2 hours, approx cost for car and 2 people 604,000rp $60AUD
  • Lembar, Lombok to Padang bai, Bali – daily, 36 miles, 4 hours, approx cost for car and 2 people 948,000rp $96 AUD
  • Gilimanuk, Bali to Ketapang, Java – every 30 minutes, 5 miles, 45 minutes, approx cost for car and 2 people 163,000rp $17AUD

A detailed route showing where we went overlanding and exploring. We jotted down the routes we travelled on a physical map which travelled with us from Australia to the UK, then transferred this to a digital form using Google Maps (KML and GeoRSS Layers)

These are exact appropriations, maps differ between brands and converting from paper to digital may lose some details in translation. This should still show in great detail our route.