Cook family has a big backyard
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.