It was one of the toughest trips he has had to make with the Socceroos, and skipper Mile Jedinak is relieved the Bangladesh ordeal is over.
The prelude to Australia's important but risky World Cup qualifier in Dhaka was overshadowed for months by security concerns surrounding tensions and terrorist threats along with a recent spate of killings.
The process of getting the Socceroos in and out of Bangladesh safely became a lengthy and convoluted one involving weeks of meetings between Football Federation Australia (FFA), FIFA and authorities from both countries.
The result was an "unprecedented" level of security that saw all shops and markets at and around Bangabandhu National Stadium shut down and traffic halted on key roads.
Around 20,000 spectators, including a few dedicated Australians, were body-searched on their way into the venue for Australia's 4-0 thrashing of the Bengal Tigers.
For the Socceroos players themselves it was a mentally testing journey, only heightened by news of the weekend's deadly attacks in Paris as they prepared in camp in Singapore.
As the team waited to board a flight out of Dhaka little more than 24 hours after they arrived, Jedinak praised his team's focus in difficult circumstances and offered a "massive" thanks to those who helped it run smoothly.
"All the build-up, a lot was made about coming here," Jedinak said.
"Now the game is over the boys, as much as we could, put that all to one side and put our faith and trust in the guys over here and the massive effort that went to bringing us here.
"We had to be professional, and I can't thank everyone enough for the way they handled themselves both on and off the pitch."
After an upset 2-0 loss to Jordan last month and with no more qualifying safety nets, the Socceroos needed three points against Bangladesh ahead of final fixtures with Tajikistan and Jordan in Australia early next year.
The result lifted them to the top of Group B and two points ahead of Jordan, who lost 1-0 to Kyrgyzstan in Bishkek early on Wednesday (AEDT).
Coach Ange Postecoglou was equally glad the squad and staff could put the fixture behind them.
"With everything that's gone on, the players and the staff have handled themselves impeccably," he said.
"We're pleased we got through it unscathed."