With no queues, no sausage sizzle and just one volunteer handing out how to vote cards, the election experience for Australian expats in Malaysia was unlike that at home.

The turnout, which was expected to be around 1100, according to a High Commission official, was unlikely to decide any seats, but most voters said they were happy to have the opportunity to exercise their democratic right.

Mitch Francis, 23, who is in Malaysia on a New Colombo Plan scholarship, said the experience, including going through airport-style security, was a reminder of how fortunate Australians are.

"We have to remember we have a very fortunate society in Australia, where we are free to vote for whoever we want and no one is going to stop us,” he said.

Francis explained that he had enjoyed being far away from the intense last-minute campaigning in Australia.

"It's been fantastic, I'm hearing stories of my friends getting voice messages (from politicians), and that’s the last thing I'd want.”

The sole volunteer handing out how to vote cards outside the High Commission was Greens party member Dr Alison Parkes.

Parkes, who is a former Melbourne Lord Mayoral candidate, said overseas polling booths like the one in Kuala Lumpur were taken seriously by her party.

"The (Greens) London team has six people, New York has a dozen, and the numbers (of voters) going through these booths are actually really high,” she said

"You're getting a lot of unsure voters, a lot of people with dual nationality, and a lot of people that haven't been exposed to the Senate changes.”

The relatively queue-free polling booth ran smoothly, and voters reveled in hearing familiar voices from home, but Mr Francis was left disappointed by one aspect of the day.

“No sausage sizzle!” he laughed.