With a curious nickname of Big Durian, once visitors peel back Jakarta's spiky facade, you're sure to find a juicy, satisfying travel experience. Read more...
European colonial interests in the region began in the early sixteenth century when the Portuguese explored their options of leveraging control of the spice trade. The Portuguese influence gave way to Dutch colonisation - the Dutch established a base at what is now Jakarta and called the city Batavia. Following the end of World War II and liberation from the Japanese, Indonesia declared independence in 1949 with Jakarta as the nation's capital. Today Jakarta is the country's economic and political heart.
The city's most famous landmark, located in the colonial heart of Batavia now central Jakarta, is the National Monument or Monumen Nasional. The towering obelisk sits in the middle of the one square kilometre Medan Merdeka or Freedom Square and offers spectacular views of the sprawling city from its observation deck. The nearby National Museum contains more than 100,000 cultural objects to offer visitors a comprehensive understanding of Indonesian history and culture. Other monuments worth investigating in central Jakarta include the Farmer Statue, Freedom of Irian Jaya and the Welcome to Jakarta.
The vibrant Chinatown in the west of the city is always worth exploring. While in the area, consider checking out the Puppet Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts and Ceramics and the colonial Diamond City Hanging Bridge. After a full day's sight-seeing chill out at either the Ancol Jakarta Bay City, a complex that boasts a theme park, beach, swimming pool and aquarium or at the Waterbom, a water park with eight waterslides. To escape the pace of the city take a trip to the Thousand Islands, a group of 110 picturesque islands. You can explore these sights and more with our cheap flights to Indonesia.
Jakarta Airport (CGK)
Flights from Australia to Jakarta will disembark at Soekarno-Hatta International.
Soekarno-Hatta International (CGK), also known as Jakarta Airport or Cengkareng, is the main airport serving Jakarta and the island of Java, Indonesia. The airport takes its name from the first Indonesian President, Soekarno, and the first vice-president, Mohammed Hatta.
Airport Accommodation: There are a number of hotels located in close proximity to Soekarno-Hatta International. Book your Jakarta Airport accommodation.
Getting to Jakarta
There are several airlines that offer flights to Jakarta from Australia. Direct flights from Sydney take around seven hours. Direct flights from Melbourne take seven hours and 15 minutes. Direct flights from Perth take around five hours. Flights from Brisbane via Denpasar, Sydney or Singapore take between 10 and 11 hours depending on the stopover.
Airlines that fly to Jakarta
Airlines that offer cheap flights to Jakarta from Australia include:
For more information on Jakarta holidays check out our Jakarta travel guide.
Looking for more than just a flight? A Jakarta holiday package includes flights, accommodation, and often other extras like tours or car hire. View our Jakarta packages.
|Perth to Jakarta||return from $407*||return from $2,495*|
|Darwin to Jakarta||return from $674*||
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|Sydney to Jakarta||return from $680*||return from $2,657*|
|Melbourne to Jakarta||return from $707*||
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|Adelaide to Jakarta||return from $834*||return from $2,650*|
|Brisbane to Jakarta||return from $839*||return from $3,022*|
|Cairns to Jakarta||return from $968*||return from $1,923*|
Choose from our range of Jakarta holiday packages below that each include your flights, accommodation, and often special bonuses like tours and free upgrades. If you can't find the package you're looking for, contact one of our friendly consultants on 133 133 and don't forget to ask about customising a package to suit your needs.
|Jakarta packages Jakarta Flights + 3 Nights - Departing Perth||3 nights Return from $949*|
|Jakarta packages Jakarta Flights + 3 Nights - Departing Brisbane||3 nights Return from $1,385*|
|Jakarta packages Jakarta Flights + 3 Nights - Departing Melbourne||3 nights Return from $1,395*|
|Jakarta packages Jakarta Flights + 3 Nights - Departing Sydney||3 nights Return from $1,429*|
|Jakarta packages Jakarta Flights + 3 Nights - Departing Adelaide||3 nights Return from $1,439*|
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