There is a shipper!
Good news folks! We are in Kupang, West Timor right now and tomorrow our bike gets loaded on a small cargo boat heading to Darwin and we fly separately.
Here is the deal. There is an Australian named Bob La Macchia who does a run between Kupang and Darwin whenever he gets enough cargo (mostly shrimp), which is generally once a month. He has plans to expand his business and is taking about maybe having a Bali to Darwin run sometime in the future too. He charges A$300 per bike and the journey takes 2-3 days. I contacted Bob about 4 weeks in advance and he was able to narrow down his schedule to about a week. Currently the border between West and East Timor is closed, so as of now this is the only shipping option from Timor.
Merpati flies to Darwin twice a week on Tuedays and Saturdays from Kupang for around $175 one way per person. You can also do the journey on Bob's boat, but he wanted A$300 to ride on the boat, which is more expensive than flying. It would surely be an adventure, but if you have come this far on ferries already, you will probably be tired of boats!
Bob La Macchia, Managing Director
Barttin's Marine Pty Ltd
Ph 61 8 8945 5587
Mob 61 421 935 283
I will do a full write up on the shipping experience after we arrive in Darwin.