Indonesia is an archipelago and made up of more than 10,000 islands, the country is hot and the streets vibrant year round. Jakarta is the country's capital and a mash-up of old and new with a bustling city center and quiet, meditative corners. Jakarta is both the business capital and the entertainment capital of the country with happening bars and nightclubs and an array of restaurant offerings.
Once you've had enough of the hustle and bustle, it may be time for something relaxing and nothing is quite as relaxing as a visit to the famous island of Bali. This is one of those places in the world that can be found on screensavers, desktops and pinterest boards and the live and living color picture does not disappoint. Picture turquoise blue waters, lapping up against clean, white beaches and the fragrance of sweet flowers wafting through the air and there you have Bali.
For an interesting mix of Jakarta and Bali, head to Lombok. Lombok has the conveniences of the city and the beauty of beach life. You can easily spend a day lounging on soft sand or dive into the water for a snorkelling adventure. Indonesia is also home to a vast rainforest system and a trip to Java will give you a chance to become one with nature. Indonesia's dive sites are known to be the best in the world, boasting some of the world's most diverse marine life including dolphins and sharks. The Raja Ampat area as well as Bunaken National Marine Park are two of the most popular places to dive and get to know the creatures of the water.
The country's hospitality is unrivalled and you will notice that from the moment you land in the city until you leave. Indonesians are smiling and will easily welcome you to join them so they can learn a little about you and you can learn a little about them. The country is prone to extreme weather conditions so you should be aware of that when booking. The weather in the country is warm to hot year round but is extremely wet during both the fall and the winter. The summers are dry and this is also when flights and hotels quickly book up. The summer season is also the time for huge festivals and also part of the reason why it is a popular time to fly there. However, regardless of when you go there is a lot to experience, getting to know the locals over dinner during a rainy evening is just as wonderful as relaxing on the beautiful beaches during a hot day.
Malaysia Airlines, Garuda Indonesia, Air Asia, China Southern, Singapore Airlines, Virgin Australia, Philippine Airlines, Qantas
Australia to Indonesia
Popular stopover cities include Kuala Lumpur, Guangzhou, Singapore and Manila.
More information at the Indonesia Holidays guide.