Aussies capture moment volcano they were camping on erupted

A pair of Australian backpackers have bravely filmed the moment a volcano they were camping on - Guatemala's Volcan de Fuego - began violently ejecting fluorescent orange lava.

Hugo Todd and Freya Wheatley, both in their 20s, opted to go off the beaten track while travelling in Central America, but it nearly backfired on them terribly when the volcano erupted.

In spectacular footage from last month, a massive plume of black smoke can be seen rising into the sky as lava pours down the volcano's sides.

"It was going off like fireworks," Mr Todd told The Mirror.

"Once the sun goes down you can see it the magma blazing and rocks flying out. I've never seen anything like it.

"You can't look away. You definitely feel a bit scared at the time because it's so loud but it's very awe-inspiring."

Volcan de Fuego - which translates to Volcano of Fire in English - is one of the world's most active volcanoes.

Those living in the land around it are often forced to evacuate.