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Travel NT Uluru Cy­cles Uluru Camel Tours Mu­titjulu Foun­da­tion Kan­ga­roo Sanc­tu­ary Royal Fly­ing Doctor Ser­vice Tourist Fa­cil­ity Alice Springs School of the Air Voy­ages Ay­ers Rock Re­sort some­thing be­hind” and, as a fam­ily, we are def­i­nitely richer for the ex­pe­ri­ence, and hope the re­sources we left will help in some small way.

As won­der­ful as all of our other ac­tiv­i­ties were, the whole fam­ily agreed that vis­it­ing a re­mote In­dige­nous com­mu­nity was the most spe­cial and re­ward­ing of our trip.

Alice Springs

It was hard to move on from Uluru af­ter such a won­der­ful time but Alice Springs promised great ex­pe­ri­ences too.

We loved ex­plor­ing Or­mis­ton Gorge, Ellery Creek Big Hole and the other won­ders of the West MacDon­nell Ranges. Only a lit­tle over an hour from Alice Springs we found stun­ning swimming holes and beau­ti­ful ac­ces­si­ble walks.

The high­light of Alice Springs, for us, was a visit to The Kan­ga­roo Wildlife Sanc­tu­ary. As fans of the TV se­ries ‘Kan­ga­roo Dundee’, which doc­u­ments the story of Brolga and the or­phan kan­ga­roos that he res­cues, we were keen to see the joeys in per­son. My daugh­ter was so in­spired by Brolga’s work with the kan­ga­roos she fundraised just over $1000 to help with the build­ing of a wildlife hos­pi­tal at the sanc­tu­ary. Not only did we get to meet Brolga, and tour the sanc­tu­ary, but we also had the op­por­tu­nity to cud­dle two adorable joeys, Madeleine and Se­bas­tian. Both moth­ers were hit by cars, and the lit­tle joeys were res­cued af­ter be­ing found in their mums’ pouches, still alive. Ev­ery vis­i­tor to the Sanc­tu­ary gets to cud­dle a joey and I defy any­one not to fall in love im­me­di­ately!

Alice Springs also of­fers fam­i­lies the op­por­tu­nity to learn more about liv­ing in a re­mote area of Aus­tralia, with both the School of the Air and the Fly­ing Doctor Ser­vice giv­ing kids an in­sight into the chal­lenges of school­ing and the pro­vi­sion of med­i­cal ser­vices for peo­ple liv­ing in the out­back.

Teenagers of­ten get a bad rap for be­ing self­ab­sorbed and con­stantly at­tached to tech­nol­ogy. We found that our daugh­ter rev­elled in giv­ing back and came away from the trip with a much greater re­ward than a reg­u­lar tourist. This was an un­for­get­table ex­pe­ri­ence and we all re­turned home with a spe­cial place in our hearts for Cen­tral Aus­tralia.

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