A Journey Across Java

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Beyond Bali, much of Indonesia is unknown to many Australians. But in many respects, Indonesia is Australia’s most important overall relationship.  Yet the historical and cultural differences of our nearest neighbour are vast, possibly among the widest of any pair of adjoining countries.

Strong relationships are based on mutual knowledge and understanding – and travel plays an important role. So it is a good time to visit one of the most interesting societies in the world, accompanied by an authoritive and highly qualified leader.

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For the traveller, opportunity knocks, and here is a frequently overlooked destination that begs exploration. Join Heritage Destinations on a 14 day tour across Java from August 17 – 30, 2016, with Ian Burnet, the author of the recent book Archipelago – A Journey Across Indonesia, as your leader.


Our starting point is the capital Jakarta, centre for government, politics and business – the brain of Indonesia. West, Central and East Java follow including travelling by train to Bandung and Yogjakarta, the World Heritage listed sites of Buddhist Borobodur and Hindu Prambanan and other interesting centres such Solo and Malang before we depart Java at Surabaja. The program concludes in Bali with an optional extension to the rugged Nusa Tenggara island of Flores and the dragons of Komodo National Park another World Heritage listed site. The 8 day Flores extension is from August 31 – September 8.

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For all the tour details please go to the Heritage Destinations website:





About ianburnet

Author of the book, Spice Islands. Which tells the History, Romance and Adventure of the spice trade from the Moluccas in Eastern Indonesia over a period of 2000 years. Author of the book, East Indies.Which tells the history of the struggle between the Portuguese Crown, the Dutch East India Company and the English East India Company for supremacy in the Eastern Seas. Author of the book 'Archipelago - A Journey Across Indonesia'. Author of the book 'Where Australia Collides with Asia' Author of the book 'The Tasman Map'. Author of the book 'Eastern Voyages'.
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2 Responses to A Journey Across Java

  1. Rob Willhelm says:

    Having been married to an Indonesian from Jatikerto East Java with an established home there as well, I have experienced a lot of Indonesia not seen by western eyes which has totally blown my mind on numerous occasions. Without a doubt Indonesia is one of the most
    culturally interesting places on the face of the earth.
    A culture that can seeming change every 50 klicks.

  2. ianburnet says:

    Thanks Rob and I agree. That is one reason to write the book ‘Archipelago – A Journey Across Indonesia’

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