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.
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.