Warning to Visitors

Some of the information below may be out of date as a result of changing timetables and services. Please double check the accuracy of all information before travelling.

The booking forms should be up to date however, so if tickets for a particular service are available, then the service should be operational.

Melbourne

Melbourne is the capital city of the Australian state of Victoria, the second largest city in the country. The city is located on a natural bay called Port Phillip, and is considered to be the cultural capital of Australia.

Melbourne's public transport system is formed of train, tram and bus routes. The Melbourne rail network consists of 200 suburban stations, served by 16 different routes. Inter-state rail services operate to Sydney and Adelaide, from Southern Cross Station.

How to get to Melbourne from
Route 1:

Travelling to Australia without flying is difficult, expensive, time-consuming, but also one of the most rewarding overland trips imaginable. The total journey time is something like five weeks in total, and in that time you will sit on numerous trains as well as ships. There are a few different ways that this trip can be made, but the quickest utilises the Trans-Siberian Railway as a tool for crossing continental Asia.

Singapore / Indonesia - Australia

The most difficult part of this journey is the leg between Indonesia/Singapore and Australia. The problem is, that there aren't too many good options for travelling between the countries without flying. In fact, there are only three real ways to do it, and that is by cruise liner, cargo ship or on-board a private yacht. If you wish to try any of these options, read the details found in the route details below for more detailed information.

If you are feeling adventurous, you could head to the harbour and ask around to see if anyone is in a position to carry you on their boat. Darwin in Australia is known to be a good spot to try, as many boats heading our from Australia stop here en route.

Route 2:

When travelling to/from Australia without flying, the most difficult part of the journey is between Singapore/Indonesia and Australia. For this leg, you need to find a cruise ship, passenger-carrying freighter or yacht that is willing to carry you.

One company that specialises in passenger freighter trips, Globoship, does offer a regular service between Singapore and Melbourne, which takes about two weeks, with prices starting from £1300 for a single ticket.

There are only two fare-paying passenger cabins onboard, but these are quite spacious, with full use of a small swimming pool/sauna, en-suite shower-room/toilets and medical facilities. While the cabins aren't the height of luxury, they are perfectly comfortable for your two week journey. Each room contains a double bed, sofa, sitting area, coffee table, fridge, TV (although you are only likely to have reception near the coast) and radio.

Passengers eat all their meals in the officer's mess, and a small gym is available for passengers' use.

Route 3:

If you have a lot of time to spare, a serious hatred of flying, or just spending a month on a ship, then travelling to Australia or New Zealand by sea freighter might be the route for you!

This service, operated by CMA CGM, The French Line, can accommodate up to six fare paying passengers on each of their freighters.

The service calls at various European and American destinations, amongst others before calling at Fiji, Australia and New Zealand. It's somehow unlikely that you will choose to do the full round trip (84 days) by freighter, but this option is available. Please note that it is not possible to book just the journey between Europe and USA (trans-atlantic) on this service.

There are a total of three passenger cabins onboard. All the rooms are double rooms with windows, and upgrades are available to the Owner's or Officer's rooms, which are larger.

There is an upper age limit for passengers of 80 years, although people aged between 75 and 80 will be asked for a medical certificate before being permitted to travel.

There are various visa requirements for those wishing to travel this route, and non-US citizens will require a full visa (visa waiver programme is not applicable).

If you would like to enquire about this journey, contact Strand Travel, a well respected company specialising in passenger journeys on cargo ships.

Click here for a PDF giving more information about this route.