Travel Guide

Indonesia’s bustling capital is an enormous metropolis known for its colonial-era relics, stunning mosques, bountiful shopping strips and its family-friendly activities.

The Indonesian capital is a city defined by contrast, often-dubbed the “Big Durian”. Just like the fruit, Jakarta, positioned on the northwestern corner of Java, is characterised by a rugged exterior and a heart that overflows with flavour and colour.

Begin your discovery of the city in the visually stunning district of Kota. Once known as Batavia, the central area still shows signs of the Dutch influence around the cobblestoned Taman Fatahillah square. Learn about the city’s history since the Stone Age with a visit to the Jakarta History Museum. Afterwards, see the work of Indonesia’s top artists at the Balai Seni Rupa gallery and the nearby Ceramics Museum.

Make the journey to the historic port precinct of Sunda Kelapa to watch as colourful fishing boats return from the outer islands. Find out about the nation’s rich naval history by stopping by the Maritime Museum, located within a 17th-century spice warehouse.

Admire the top of the 137-meter (450-foot) high National Monument (Monas Tower). Located in the heart of the city, its summit provides sweeping city views. Ride the elevator to reach the top. Drop past the National Museum to see its collection of ethnographic artifacts, join a guided tour of the Presidential Palace or be blown away by the size of the Istiqlal Mosque, capable of holding up to 120,000 people at a time. See over 2,000 traditional fabrics at the Textile Museum.

Shop in the crowded aisles of Jalan Surabaya, a grand market place. Find traditional Indonesian wayang puppets and sarongs, perfect for souvenirs and gifts. Savour the flavours of Indonesia with some street food. The local dishes combine Arab, Chinese, European and Indonesian culinary styles to create a fascinating blend of flavours. Browse the stores at Grand Indonesia or head outside the city for the enormous shopping and entertainment complex, Living World.

Families will love riding the waterslides at Ocean Park and the roller coasters at Taman Impian Jaya Ancol (Ancol Dreamland). For a cultural day out that will keep the kids entertained, visit the replicas of traditional Indonesian homes at the Taman Mini Indonesia Park.

Between November and March the city experiences hot, smoggy and monsoonal conditions. Thanks to a network of cheap taxis and an air-conditioned bus network you can avoid being exposed to the elements.

Jakarta, while fascinating in its own right, is a great gateway to Indonesia’s natural beauty. Coral reefs, volcanoes, surf breaks, orangutans and Komodo dragons await your visit.

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Happy Inn Melawai
Happy Inn Melawai
3.5 out of 5
Jalan Melawai Raya No 189B. Blok M., Kebayoran Baru, Jakarta
The price is AU$28 per night from 24 Sep. to 24 Sep.
Situated in Jakarta, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Blok M Square and within 3 miles (5 km) of Plaza Senayan and Kidzania. South Jakarta Mayors Office and ...
3.8/5Good! (23 reviews)
"Convenient...near block M square and Block M mall....walking distance..."

Reviewed on 24 Nov. 2019

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The Langham, Jakarta
The Langham, Jakarta
District 8 SCBD Lot 28, Jakarta
The price is AU$390 per night from 5 Oct. to 5 Oct.
Situated in the entertainment district, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of The Energy Building and Kidzania. Plaza Senayan is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) ...
The Langham, Jakarta
Atria Hotel Gading Serpong
Atria Hotel Gading Serpong
4 out of 5
The price is AU$75 per night from 25 Sep. to 25 Sep.
Situated in the business district, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Summarecon Mall Serpong and St. Carolus Hospital Summarecon Serpong. Bethsaida Hospitals ...
4.1/5Very Good! (142 reviews)
"Good stay, nice place, continues stay for my trip for 2 weeks"

Reviewed on 16 Mar. 2020

Atria Hotel Gading Serpong
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Oakwood Apartments PIK Jakarta
Oakwood Apartments PIK Jakarta
5 out of 5
Jl. Pantai Indah Barat, Kamal Muara, Penjaringan, Jakarta, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta
The price is AU$69 per night from 3 Oct. to 3 Oct.
Situated near the airport, this luxury aparthotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Waterbom Jakarta, Damai Indah Golf and Country Club and Mangrove Ecotourism Centre ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (4 reviews)
"it would be great if during the pandemic, the hotel can provide cleaning equipment such as dry/wet mop for its extended / long stay guest."

Reviewed on 16 Jul. 2021

Oakwood Apartments PIK Jakarta
Ascott Kuningan Jakarta
Ascott Kuningan Jakarta
4.5 out of 5
Ciputra World 1, Jalan Prof Dr Satrio Kav 3-5, Jakarta, Jakarta
The price is AU$122 per night from 23 Sep. to 23 Sep.
Located in the heart of Jakarta, this luxury aparthotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Golden Triangle and within 3 miles (5 km) of Kidzania and Plaza Senayan. Ambassador ...
4.3/5Excellent! (178 reviews)
"Great stay"

Reviewed on 29 Feb. 2020

Ascott Kuningan Jakarta
Citadines Rasuna Jakarta
Citadines Rasuna Jakarta
3 out of 5
The H Tower, Jalan HR Rasuna Said Kav. 20, Jakarta, Jakarta
The price is AU$73 per night from 23 Sep. to 23 Sep.
Located in the heart of Jakarta, this aparthotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Golden Triangle and 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Kidzania. Pasar Festival and Epicentrum Walk ...
4.2/5Excellent! (167 reviews)
"Really nice hotel in a good location in central Jakarta. Nice big suite with a separate kitchen area and there was a shop next door where you could purchase food. Some very nice restaurants in walking distance aswell. Service was excellent and all staff were super helpful throughout my stay."

Reviewed on 23 May 2021

Citadines Rasuna Jakarta
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