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Singapore

Founded as a British trading colony, Singapore is now a prosperous independent country situated in south-east Asia. It also boasts one of the world's busiest ports, which makes it a key destination if you are trying to travel overland to/from Australia and New Zealand.

How to get to Singapore 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.