Aussies still stranded on quake islands

About 150 Australians are still stranded on Gili Islands after Sunday's earthquake in Lombok.
About 150 Australians are still stranded on Gili Islands after Sunday's earthquake in Lombok.

Australian diplomats are working with the Indonesian navy to evacuate about 150 Australians still stranded on Gili Islands after the Lombok earthquake.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said she was on the way to Bali on Sunday when the earthquake hit, killing 105 people so far.

"The Indonesian government has not sought assistance from us but we, of course, would be prepared to consider any request that they made as our friends and neighbours," Ms Bishop told reporters on Wednesday.

An Australian consular official was sent to help the Indonesian navy evacuate about 150 Australian holiday-makers from the three Gili Islands, which can only be reached by boat.

Ms Bishop said Lombok airport was still open for Australians wishing to leave the "devastated" islands.

The Indonesian Red Cross has been given access to Australian emergency supplies to help those in urgent need.

Australian Associated Press