For overlanders, adventure bike riders and round the world motorcycle travellers, one of the easiest ways of getting to Australia is to ship your motorcycle from Indonesia. This guide explains everything you need to know about that shipping process.
How to Ship a Motorcycle from Indonesia to Australia
In 2022, we shipped our Yamaha XT660R from Bali, Indonesia to Melbourne, Australia on our round the world motorcycle ride.
The reason we shipped from Bali was because we had ridden through Southeast Asia and wanted to get as close as possible to Australia before shipping. This would both save cost and mean we could explore Java on our own bike.
Shipping from Bali was surprisingly easy. But, I’m sure it won’t surprise you that shipping to Australia requires more prep than other countries due to quarantining.
There’s a lot to know about shipping to Australia, so we published a dedicated guide explaining the entire process in detail. This guide focuses on shipping from Indonesia specifically.
READ MORE: How to Ship a Motorcycle to Australia
Motorcycle shipping from Bali, Indonesia
We found two companies based in Bali to ship our motorcycle with: Naval Cargo and Jetfast Bali.
Both seemed to be very easy to deal with and competitively priced, but ultimately we went with Naval Cargo as it was slightly cheaper at the time. But remember that prices fluctuate so it’s best to get in touch with both companies to see what they can offer. You’ll find their information below.
It’s worth booking a hotel close to the shipping company’s depot. Remove all of your bike gear, panniers, straps and bags off the bike and spend the evening cleaning it all in your room. It needs to be spotless inside and out. We then let our kit dry and took it to the depot and asked them to look after it as we would be returning the next day with the bike.
Then take your motorcycle to the car wash and spend the day taking all the fairings off and cleaning it thoroughly – with a toothbrush if needs be. It must be absolutely spotless and showroom clean with zero dirt. Then carefully ride the bike to the depot being careful to avoid puddles and dirt (hence why it helps to find a car wash as close to the depot as possible). Once there, supervise the crating process. Your bike will be wheeled onto a pallet, so again wipe your tyres down and make sure there’s no dirt on the bike before it gets wrapped up in plastic. The same for your gear as it’s tucked in with it.
This sounds overkill, but it’s better than not passing quarantine and having to pay through the nose for storage charges, re-cleaning, re-inspection and hotels while you wait for all of that to be done in Australia.
Here’s some additional info:
- The shipping company will need your carnet to send with your bike.
- The battery terminals must be disconnected and taped up.
- You can have a very small amount of fuel in the tank (1 litre).
- Your tyres should be deflated.
- Try and remove your mirrors or even handlebars as well as the front wheel to get the size of the crate and the cost down.
- You can not send any pressurised containers or lithium batteries with your bike. And definitely no food or drink.
- Speak to the shipping company for an updated list of changes and what else you can not send with the bike.
Shipping times and cost between Indonesia and Australia
Expect the shipment to take around four weeks. As it is by sea, nothing is guaranteed and there can be delays – especially considering the shipment will need to go via Singapore.
We paid around £850 to the shipping agent in Indonesia. This was for everything their end including the crate and crating, customs and forwarding the carnet. Bear in mind that the price was from Bali to Melbourne. Other ports may or may not be more expensive.
You will have further payments to make in Australia to the shipping agent for customs, carnet, quarantine, storage etc. The port service charge is the big budget buster here. In total we spent around £1,000 on arrival.
Collecting the motorcycle in Australia
As mentioned above, we have a dedicated guide on how to ship a motorcycle to Australia, so we won’t repeat the same info here. Provided you have a good agent, your paperwork is in order including your carnet etc, and your bike is exceptionally clean, you shouldn’t have any problems in retrieving your motorcycle in Australia.
Other shipping options
We shipped our motorcycle from South Korea to Cambodia and then rode through Laos, Thailand, Malaysia, Borneo, Indonesia Java and to Bali.
READ MORE: Shipping from South Korea to Cambodia
So, prior to Bali, our shipping options to Australia were either from Thailand or from Kuala Lumpur.
Thailand was a great option with reasonable prices from Bangkok. The only reason we didn’t take it was because we wanted to ride through Java Indonesia.
READ MORE: Thailand Shipping Companies
And we could have shipped from Kuala Lumpur, but the prices were a lot higher at the time. And again, would mean we couldn’t ride through Java, which turned out to be a highlight.
READ MORE: Malaysia Shipping Companies
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