Cook fam­ily has a big back­yard

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - LIFE -

Back Roads, ABC, Mon­day at 8pm

THE ABC’s much-loved series re­turns with an epic jour­ney from one of the world’s most re­mote cat­tle sta­tions in desert coun­try to one of the most spec­tac­u­lar land­scapes in the heart of cen­tral Aus­tralia.

Su­ple­jack Downs, on the edge of the Aus­tralia’s third largest desert, the Tanami in the NT, is home to the Cook fam­ily, whose back­yard spans more than 400,000ha.

The near­est petrol sta­tion is a five-hour drive on a red-dirt track and it’s an 18-hour round trip just to go to the shops. While it’s an ex­cit­ing place to grow up, pre­sen­ter Heather Ewart (pic­tured) learns how the ex­tended fam­ily’s two teenagers and five chil­dren un­der the age of 12, ac­cess an ed­u­ca­tion that will al­low them to take their place in a fast-chang­ing con­tem­po­rary so­ci­ety.

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