A large archipelago sprinkled across the Equator, Indonesia's thousands of volcanic islands are some of Australia's most beloved holiday spots. Home to tropical beaches, exotic wildlife, historic temples and lush vegetation, Indonesia is an unforgettable experience – whether it's a luxury villa in Bali or a secluded island resort off Indonesia's coastline.
Behind the colourful natural surrounding and astonishing varieties of Indonesia, rare creatures are hiding. Come close to rare species such as Komodo dragons on the island named after them, or sea turtles that are hundreds years old on the Gili Islands. Less exotic but nonetheless impressive and valuable to the region, meet the famous orangutans at the Tanjung Puting National Park.
The splendid surrounding nature makes your holiday in Indonesia a moment of total escape to be shared with the whole family. Immerse yourself in the preserved temples for a cultural visit full of sensational explorations. Only 40 minutes from Club Med Bali resort, and perched 70 metres above sea level on the cliffs of Uluwatu Temple, you can discover breathtaking 360° views over the ocean. A 2 hour drive north leads you to Tanah Lot Temple, accessible only at low tide, where your kids will be astonished by the spectacular sunset.
Spread across the Sonde Islands, the Komodo National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, protects and homes Komodo dragons, a bizarre species of giant lizards. Today, around 6000 of these reptiles, straight from the prehistoric era, live in the rocky hill...
Protected by UNESCO since 1977, the Tanjung Puting National Park is a biosphere reserve covering 4000 m² of forest. This animal reserve hosts a large number of orang-utans and is bursting with other species of monkey, bird and reptile. It was ethologist B...
Perched the edge of a cliff, to the far south of the island of Bali, you’ll discover the Uluwatu Temple. Head for this mysterious place during a “Bali Escape”. Dedicated to the sea gods, this spiritually charged place honours them perfectly with a plungin...
Indonesia is the ultimate tropical destination, whether you’re hoping to take on adventures like surfing, snorkelling and rock climbing or just want to relax on the beach. So what’s the best time of year to take your Indonesia holidays?
Throughout most of Indonesia, the period from November to March is the wet season or monsoon season and April to October is the dry season, although it varies a bit from place to place. In general, temperatures remain between 21˚C and 33˚C all year round. The peak tourist season is from late June until mid-September, so if you want to visit during these months you’ll need to make your bookings well in advance.
Keep in mind that while the monsoon season may make it difficult to reach certain islands or undertake activities like swimming and snorkelling, it can be a good time to visit if you’re planning to venture into the highlands or explore some of Indonesia’s amazing temples.
Indonesia travel can be wonderful for kids, as Indonesians are generally very friendly and helpful, and there’s no shortage of fun activities you can tackle as a family.
Some of the Indonesia destinations that are ideal for families with kids include Ubud, Nusa Dua and Lovina, where kids can see monkeys and dolphins in the wild, explore local marketplaces and enjoy the many gorgeous beaches or even take a few surf lessons.
If you have a limited amount time, the island of Bali is very kid-friendly and has a little bit of everything, from beachside activities like swimming, surfing and snorkelling to inland adventures like zip lining, forest walks and even strawberry picking.