Schoolies, for your own sake please stay in Oz

Australian travellers have had a long love affair with Indonesian province of Bali. It’s proximity to the Australian mainland and cheap airfares and accommodation make it an ideal destination for the virgin traveller. Sun, surf, a unique cultural experience and a very favourable exchange rate make it perfect for travellers on any budget.

But as we have long feared at under age schoolies are choosing to head to Bali as opposed to the relative safety of the Gold Coast. While we actively encourage people to travel all corners of the world we advocate a responsible approach to travelling and our experience suggests unaccompanied minors partying it up in Bali is simply a recipe for disaster.

My colleague Kay Danes has this message:-

Dear Schoolies,

We are advocates of the Foreign Prisoner Support Service and given the latest news that schoolies are planning on leaving the Gold Coast for Bali, we’d be grateful if you could spread the word that we really do encourage Aussie youth to party at home (Gold Coast). We have kids on death row who never thought ‘this’ would happen to them.

Advocates request youth stay on the Gold Coast to party….


BALI is a great place to have fun and the people are wonderful BUT it is a foreign country and once you travel overseas you leave behind your Country’s legal support systems, emergency service capabilities and medical facilities. (Unlike the Gold Coast)

If you are determined to party in Bali and for some reason you get busted with party drugs (whether you bought them or not) then expect to get hit with a really harsh sentence, possibly the DEATH PENALTY!!!

Saying “They’re not mine” or “I didn’t know what they were” isn’t going to get you off the hook. And whilst your Government is obliged to provide prisoner support if you end up in jail, there may be limitations to what they can do.

Watch your back and keep a close eye on your friends as you would on the Gold Coast. Be careful and have a great time ….if you do want further advice then feel free to contact us at the Foreign Prisoner Support Service (

We deal every day with people who end up in the most tragic situations… thinking ‘this’ would never happen to them!

Our advice: Part on the Goldie where it is much safer, better facilities, instant medical care, people who will make your safety a priority AND where you won’t run the risk of ending up in front of a firing squad! Seriously!

Posted on November 19, 2012, in For your information. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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