Foreign Minister Julie Bishop
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop Brenda Strong

Terror attack possibility sparks Indonesia travel warning

THE Federal Government has stressed the need for Australians to be careful travelling in Indonesia after the United States issued a fresh warning of possible terrorist attacks.

The US in recent days warned of a heightened terrorism threat against American interests in Indonesia's second largest city, Surabaya. Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs has since updated its own travel advice urging travellers to show a "high degree of caution" though it does not call for people to reconsider visiting Indonesia.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said the renewed advice from her department had come "in response to advice from the security agencies".

"Australia is monitoring this situation very closely," she said. "We work very closely with the Indonesian security and intelligence and law enforcement agencies."

The heightened alert came as Prime Minister Abbott, visiting Australian troops in the United Arab Emirates, refused to rule out increasing troop levels to help in the fight against the extremist Islamic State organisation.



Pensioners are going without access to aged care services

Pensioners are going without access to aged care services

The aged care sector is under scrutiny as Royal Commission launches

Council calls for proof hospital won't harm animals

Council calls for proof hospital won't harm animals

Threatened species have been found on the Cudgen site

Top 10 things to do in the Tweed this weekend

Top 10 things to do in the Tweed this weekend

Check out our quick guide to all the best local activities in town.

Local Partners