Caravan Industry Association of Australia has come together with Tourism Central Australia, Apollo Motorhomes and Ted’s Cameras to create the # Real Life Classroom, an initiative for two families to travel, learn and showcase Australia’s Red Centre.
We were absolutely overwhelmed with the all the fantastic entries, and eventually selected Gemma and Lindsey White and Lyla and Eagle Bradley (and their parents). The two families have now set off on a 28-day trip in an Apollo Motorhome with an incredible Ted’s Cameras prize pack to help them document their visits to some show-stopping Outback tourism experiences. Studio 10 has also come on board and have sent Robbo along for a week to join in the exploring.
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So, filming has begun! Exciting times and adventures lay ahead as we continue to explore the wonders of Central Australia.
We are back at BIG4 MacDonnell Range and we got the chance to explore the park on the awesome pedal cars and got to experience the high glamour world that is behind the scenes of show business! After a fortnight of exploring at will, we are now at the beck and call of the awesome crew of Studio 10 roving reporters as we get an inside look at some of the region’s most popular spots, which keeps us busy and excited.
Day one of filming saw us doing a couple of ‘live feeds’ across to the studio in Sydney from the caravan park, together with a crowd of enthusiastic kids from the pool and then from the star-gazing field. Robbo was a little loose lipped so Lyla thought it would be a good idea to make a swear jar for him. The jar is quickly filling up, so it looks like it’ll be Robbo’s shout for ice creams for all each day this week!
It’s all go go go and we were whisked off to a nearby dirt patch to continue filming the story of our adventure, led by the enthusiastic Robbo and the team behind the scenes; Timmy, Luke, Bebe and Maddy.
Anzac Hill was the next stop. What a wonderful reminder of what the incredible men and women of this country and New Zealand sacrificed for us. What a hugely important aspect of history to remember and always be eternally grateful for. The view from up there was stunning. You could see as far as the East meets the West.
From the hill, we ventured on to the Historic Telegraph station which is a fantastically presented and preserved historical site. We learned morse code and had a great time using the machines an sending each other messages. Getting to not only just look at the old equipment, but also being allowed to get handspon made the learning experience so much more fun!
An added bonus of the trip is getting to share this leg of the adventure with the White family. The kids are all getting along really well and making the experience even bore enjoyable.
We are still flipping rocks over and looking into cracks and crevices and climbing trees in the continued hunt for reptile life but to no avail… but the hunt will continue!
The birdlife in the area is very interesting, especially the crested pigeon whom are ever present in the caravan park. The males are regularly seen spreading out their feathers with an impressive display as they trail behind the females, hoping to get their attention.
So although the region sometimes appears to be void of life at times, if you look hard enough, there is always some signs to be seen.
This evening brings us out to Parrtjima- a Festival In Light, where the filming resumes and the learning continues. Looking forward to all that the week has in store!
–The Bradley family
Meet the Bradley Family!
Hi! We are the Bradley family, Ben, Fi, Lyla and Eagle.
We have arrived in Alice Springs all the way from country Victoria. Our first impressions flying in and looking over the incredible landscape from the plane was simply, wow! This countryside is stunning.
The first thing Eagle said when we stepped off the plane was ‘I can’t wait to see what the red soil feels like.”
After hours of fun on the playground, in the swimming pool and exploring Alice Springs, we stocked up on every item known to man at Coles and hit the road towards Devils Marbles.
At first it seems like there is no life in this beautiful dry desert… but if you look closer you can find busy creatures, or signs of them everywhere. Lyla was first to spot the termite mounds that were surprisingly large in size.
We have passed a few road trains up here, and due to pulling over to look at things, have overtaken Pete and Anni’s campervan four times…well, that’s who their sticker says they are anyway.
The scenery along the way consists mainly of teams of scrubs and red soil that is broken up by black ground that has suffered at the hand of controlled burnoffs. We passed by Kangaroo bones, wandering cattle, kites in the sky looking for lunch and some amazing ridges and rocks before arriving at Devils Marbles.
This place is breathtaking! We explored around the rocks and through the land around here for hours.
Lyla and Eagle had fun studying the termite mounds up close and the incredible tracks they make, as well as learning from Ben about certain plants that would be poisonous to eat and knowing where to dig in a dry creek bed for water. Lyla also somehow spotted a stick insect nymph trying to blend into the Soft Spinifex, must have had an ‘eagle eye’ for them after doing a project on them back at school earlier this year!
We listened to crickets chirping while watching the sunset and birds singing at sunrise, but apart from that there was just silence. What a fascinating and beautiful place this is.
The Bradley family
Introducing Gemma and Lindsey
We were absolutely overwhelmed with the all the fantastic entries, and eventually selected Gemma and Lindsey White and Lyla and Eagle Bradley (and their parents) to attend a fantastic outback holiday around Australia’s Red Centre! The two families have now set off on a 28-day trip in an Apollo Motorhome with an incredible Ted’s Cameras prize pack to help them document their visits to some show-stopping Outback tourism experiences.
Throughout their journey, they are sharing their stories via photos, videos and blogs!
Day 1: Sunday 16/9/18
After Da dropped us off at Brisbane airport we embarked on our journey through the airport. With bags packed and ready to go, we dropped them at the bag drop lining up for security screening. I saw my back pack go through the scanner with my flute, it was bright blue and took up most of the space in my bag. With the all clear we continued into the Qantas lounge, and then had to wait one hour and thirty-five minutes.
I enjoyed taking many pictures before, during and after the flight including photos of animals, plants, family, and landscapes from high above.
We met two new friends, Cassy and her older sister Asha, from Victoria, in the pool and on the waterslide at BIG4 MacDonnell Range Holiday Park. We also played on the playgrounds and went to an Aboriginal Cultural Talk, whilst discovering the map of the Holiday Park, exploring the laundry sites and the BBQ sites with the kitchens.
Altogether we travelled (79.7 + ) kilometres and tomorrow we get to collect our motor home for the next 28 days!
Day 2: Monday 17/9/18
This morning we had a delicious breakfast of boiled eggs and toast cooked by our chef, Daddy. We then started our 5.3 kilometre hike to Apollo Motorhomes, walking through the Alice Springs town centre and across the Todd river.
It was a slightly tiring walk, however, it is helping to prepare us for our future hikes around the canyons, gorges and Uluru.
We took many photos of flora and fauna today including each other and the Sturt Desert Pea.
It was an exhausting wait for us to finally drive the motor home, after filling out paperwork and all of the essential information about the motorhome. Stocking up on food and water, we arrived back at our first spot of the trip, BIG4 MacDonnell Range Holiday Park. Organising our temporary home, we went to the pool for a refreshing slip and slide down the waterslide. Using our water proof camera, we took a few photos of each other, exploring the capabilities of this new camera we had never experienced before.
Soaking wet we returned back to our mother and worked on writing our daily journal as well as doing some other things. Today we have travelled (5.3 + ) kilometres and I cannot wait for the activities that tomorrow will bring.
Meet the Winners!
We were absolutely overwhelmed by all the fantastic entries we received for the 2018 Real Life Classroom. There was a huge amount of interest and so many wonderful families- we wish we could have picked everybody. It was a tough decision and amazing to see so many families eager to visit and learn about the Red Centre.
After a lot of careful thinking, our Junior Explorers have officially been selected!
Gemma and Lindsey White
Lyla and Eagle Bradley
Our winners (and their parents) are now preparing to set off on a 28-day trip in an Apollo Motorhome complete with show-stopping Outback tourism experiences and an incredible Ted’s Cameras prize pack to help them document their trip. Congratulations!
If you missed out this time, we hope you continue your interest in the caravan and camping lifestyle and we have plenty of other opportunities on offer! At the moment, we are still on the lookout for families to join the Follow the Sun relay, so make sure to visitwww.followthesunrelay.com.au and register your interest.
Congratulations again to our Junior Explorers and thanks to everybody who entered!