I also travelled from Malaysia, through Indonesia and shipped to Darwin from East Timor and have the following comments to add.
Firstly it is possible to travel through Indonesia without a Carnet de Passage (I have an Enfield Bullet 500cc so cannot get one now). I threw myself on the mercy of Customs and the police in Jakarta having arrived by catamaran after a voyage where I swore if I ever made it to Jakarta alive I would get me and my bike off. I refused to continue the planned journey by boat. The authorities could not have been more helpful once they understood my plight and issued me with permits, letters and maps and sent me on my way.
I had a GREAT TIME and eventually arrived in East Timor where I was told by the shipping agent I would have to have the bike thoroughly cleaned before shipping. Here is my second point.
Kirsten had also advised me about the stringent check from quarantine on the Darwin side so I went to CB Logistics Pty. Ltd. at Hera Port where Kirsten had had her bike cleaned. She received the service for a slab of tinnies (pack of
) but the outfit had changed hands by the time I got there and I was charged a staggering US$50 (not AUS$50 as originally agreed) for the service which took me 12 hours to complete as they insisted on me practically stripping the bike and then power hosing each part.I was lucky to have any paint left on it. When the bike arrived in Darwin, it got a brief check from the quarantine officer and was passed. I am convinced that a THOROUGH wash would have been sufficient and warn anyone else not to go to Hera Port for this procedure.
Hope this helps someone else. Best wishes,
Jacqui Furneaux (UK) email@example.com