Australians are known for being friendly, easy-going and having a ‘laid-back’ nature. However, we’re also known for being absolute pests while on holidays – particularly when we travel en masse to Bali.
If you’ve ever been to Bali, you’d be familiar with the stereotype: slurring ocker accent, sunburnt skin and more empty bottles of Bintang than a backyard BBQ.
Sadly, our bogan vacays are getting so rowdy Bali is cracking down on the bad behaviour by sending troublemaking Aussies down under.
According to News.com.au, Bali-bound bogans making local headlines for drug trafficking and drunken escapades have prompted Balinese governor I Wayan Koster to send the “disrespectful tourists” back home.
“In the near future we will make a regulation to take firm action against tourists that commit ethical violations or offend the norm in Bali. We will send them back home,” Koster said. “This is not only for Australian tourists. This is for all tourists, wherever they come from.”
It’s no surprise that Bali has had enough of our raucous ways. Just last month, Australian tradie Nicholas Carr was arrested after he went on a drunken rampage in Kuta.
According to 7 News, Carr fly-kicked a man from his motorbike, jumped onto the roof of a moving car and invaded the home of a Seminyak he also allegedly assaulted. Carr said he “can’t really remember” the incident, after drinking at least 20 vodkas.
The same week Carr was arrested, Sydney man Ryan Scott Williams was sentenced to five years in jail for making his own cocaine while on the holiday island. A month earlier, Australian carpenter Matthew Richards Woods was accused of snatching the bag of a Canadian tourist while in Canggu.
While we’re skating on thin ice with our dodgy Bali behaviour, about 1.2 million Australians travel to the country every year. We pump the local economy with plenty of dollars, but at what cost?
The warnings from Bali’s governor come as a reminder that all Aussies should be friendly, easy-going, laid-back but most importantly respectful when travelling to other countries.