A group of Australian tourists who wreaked havoc through the streets of Bali have been met with condemnation, after footage of their drunken tirade was aired on TV last week.
A video of at least five Aussie men abusing locals, damaging property, hanging out of a moving party bus and urinating in public was uploaded onto social media and aired by Seven News.
The footage shows the young men, seemingly intoxicated, swearing at drivers, with one vomiting out the side of the bus, another tackling a blow-up shopfront prop, while a pair of the hooligans are seen running around in the nude while on holiday in Bali.
“Hahaha! We on barrrr!” one man yells.
“Yeah boys! “Yeow!” says another, and a third yells “F—ing idiot!” at a stranger as music from their party bus blares in the background.
“Do it nude. You got to do it naked or it’s not funny. Yeah haha!” one of the men says.
The video was filmed by the group’s Balinese tour guide and posted to his Snapchat page on Saturday, embarrassing Australians on the holiday island and prompting professional criticism.
Ross Taylor from the Indonesia Institute, an organisation designed to promote relations between Australia and Indonesia, said the behaviour captured in the video went beyond drunk, harmless fun.
“I don’t think I’ve seen anything as obscene as what I’ve just seen,” he said.
Taylor said the antics were deeply disrespectful to the Balinese people and that the people filmed were lucky not to be arrested.
Natalie Ball, director of travel insurance company Comparetravelinsurance.com.au, said the footage coincided with what has become stereotypical Aussie behaviour in Bali.
“This distasteful video coincides with a rise in Aussies causing trouble overseas. In November, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) reported that Australian arrests abroad have climbed by 28 per cent over the past five years,” she said.
“Travellers must respect the local laws and culture.
“If you have an accident or are arrested due to your own recklessness, you may be invalidating your travel cover.
“Lewd behaviour that may be acceptable at home could be considered criminal in certain parts of the world. While travel insurance is a must for overseas travellers, it’s also imperative to use good judgement and caution in foreign countries.”
Ball warned that travel insurance would not pardon travellers for bad behaviour.