Jetstar offers daily flights to Denpasar, Bali, from Australian capital cities. From there, it’s easy to hire a driver to take you to Ubud (90 minutes to two hours, traffic dependant). Be sure to compare prices. jetstar.com
You can hire a scooter cheaply, but check that it doesn’t void your travel insurance. The traffic is such that you’re best off using drivers, or earning your Bintang with a walk.
WHEN TO GO
Ubud has a rainy season (November to March), but it won’t affect the fun. The Ubud Writers & Readers Festival runs in the last week of October.
WHERE TO STAY
• Sapulidi Resort & Spa: sapulidi.com
• Alila: alilahotels.com/ubud
• Viceroy Bali: viceroybali.com
And if you’re doing the Festival… take a spare suitcase for books; get your hands on the program beforehand; and mark all the sessions you’ll want to see. There are multiple venues so you will need a plan of attack.