THE German Government has warned
backpackers not to walk the streets of Alice Springs at night after
increasing reports of rapes, thefts and assaults on young tourists in
the desert town.
The German Foreign Office has updated its travel information on its
website, saying Alice Springs is a "special situation, especially at
night'', the Northern Territory News reported.
call came after a German tourist was one of two young women gang-raped
at gunpoint inside her own parked van at night in Alice Springs last
The attack happened on the same night that four youths robbed a 43-year-old German in the same town.
The updated travel information triggered the large German weekly magazine Der Spiegel to warn its readership that not every Australian was "your mate''.
said no other country was as popular as Australia with more than 15,000
young German men and women visiting on a work and holiday visa last
Most people had come to party, see koalas and kangaroos and
experience the Outback. But the magazine reported Germans were more
likely to take risks in Australia than anywhere else, including
hitch-hiking, accepting drinks from strangers and travelling to remote
locations with people they barely knew.
Der Spiegel said car theft and stealing from vehicles was three times higher per capita than in Germany.
The magazine also reported lonely figures would roam the deserts to take advantage of the remoteness and rob tourists.
And the magazine advised travellers not to step out of their cars when a vehicle seemed broken down on the side of the road.
The risk-taking attitude has almost cost several German travellers in the Territory Outback life and limb.