Australian family's lucky escape from frightening PNG hold-up

Australian family's lucky escape from frightening PNG hold-up

Australian family's lucky escape from frightening PNG hold-up

Updated 24 October 2017, 12:10 AEDT

An Australian family driving down a narrow road in Papua New Guinea was blocked by a car and chased by thugs armed with guns and bats.

An Australian family has had a lucky escape from a hold-up in Papua New Guinea.

Key points:

  • Dashcam footage captures terrifying moment thugs tried to rob Australian family
  • Husband's quick thinking helps family escape from hold-up in PNG
  • Department of Foreign Affairs advises people to keep doors locked and windows wound up

Roxy Steljic and her family were travelling from Sogeri, a town outside Port Moresby, on Sunday when another vehicle attempted to cut them off and corner them in what was believed to be an attempted robbery.

Dashcam footage published on Facebook shows the family driving down a narrow road when a silver car pulls in front of them and continues driving.

Further down the road the car stops and blocks the road.

Thugs then get out and run towards the family.

"The group was armed with guns and bats and one of them was wearing a mask," Ms Steljic wrote on Facebook.

"[The] first part of the video shows their first attempt to attack us — we thought it's just a bad drunk driver.

"However, we were cautious and that helped us to escape when the second attack happened."

As the group ran towards the car, Ms Steljic's husband Vladimir put the car into reverse.

The family then dodged another car approaching them from behind, which they believe was part of the operation.

"My kids were panicking," Ms Steljic said.

The family reported the incident to police and Ms Steljic said they had been responsive and already identified a suspect.

According to the Department of Foreign Affairs, there is a persistent high level of crime around Port Moresby, with armed robberies, car-jackings and burglaries often occurring in areas frequented by Westerners.

The department advises people on its website to lock car doors and keep windows wound up.

It is recommended people driving at night travel in a convoy.

Bush knives, machetes and firearms are often used in assaults and threats and the department said the crime rate increased in the lead up to the Christmas holiday period.