By ERWIN CHLANDA
The website of the German Foreign Office singles out Alice Springs as Australia’s only location mentioned in the chapter dealing with crime (Kriminalitaet) in its general travel advice (Allgemeine Reiseinformationen).
The first paragraph deals with the national situation in general, saying Australia is a safe country to travel in although there are thefts and break-ins into cars, and backpackers should be alert to thefts in hostels.
But the second paragraph in the chapter says this: “In Alice Springs care needs to be taken especially in the dark. Repeatedly there have been reports about assaults, also on foreign tourist (including armed robberies and rapes).
“With mobile homes only camping grounds with guards should be visited.” (Editor’s translation.)