From One Land Down Under To Another!

From One Land Down Under To Another!

Mar 13

Hey Guys! When we got to Sydney I knew it would be hard to leave.  When we arrived we met with The Royal Flying Doctors Service in their main office in Sydney.

The Royal Flying Doctors Service is an amazing organization that rescues people in remote areas of Australia in medical emergencies.  They also do regular clinics in towns in the outback.  The really great thing about their work is that it’s completely free for their patients and nobody in Australia is more than two hours away from help.

The first couple of days we helped out around the office, putting together letters for donors and things like that.  The RFDS also arranged for a pilot to take us up to fly around the Sydney Opera House and up the coast, which was so beautiful.

After a couple of days, we got on the Indian Pacific train from Sydney to Broken Hill, the home to the RFDS base.  On the train we raised money for the Flying Doctors, carrying baggage and handing out information about what the Flying Doctors actually do.

We arrived in Broken Hill to the heat of the outback and went straight to the base to work.  We were welcomed at the front desk by Alex and Reta who were in charge of keeping us busy in Broken Hill.  We spent our first day getting a tour of the base and setting up our schedule.

The next few days we helped out wherever it was needed.  We helped a nurse get ready for a clinic flight, cleaned up the viewing deck of the hangar, cooked lunch one day and we spent two days cleaning out a storage room, so we could move files over from the old storage building.

We had a tour of the inside of one of the planes, which is just like a doctor’s office with wings.

One day, Reta’s husband, Ron, brought us out to a sheep station two hours outside Broken Hill, which was really cool.  We saw lots of Australian wildlife too.  Lizards, emus (kind of like ostriches) and kangaroos.

 

One day we visited School of  The Air.  It’s a remote learning school set up for kids in the outback.  They have a main office in Broken Hill where the teachers do their lessons on camera over the internet and the kids watch in their homes and follow along.  It’s pretty cool that they are able to do their school work from a computer in their homes in the most remote areas of Australia.

We also drove to a town called White Cliffs were we stayed in an underground motel.  It was so cool!  The place was literally dug inside the side of a hill.  Nearly all the houses in White Cliffs are like that because it is so hot above ground!  While we were there, we met a family who had an opal mine and they took us down for a tour.

We got down inside the mine by using a small elevator, one at a time.  The mine was just amazing.  There were tunnels everywhere, with bits of opal here and there in the wall, and everything had such a fresh, earthy smell.  Buck and I even got to mine a bit.

Another day, my dad went with some doctors on a clinic flight, and Buck and I got to stay in Broken Hill and attend the local schools.  I had a great time at the High School there, and I made a lot of friends.  We flew out of Broken Hill, wishing we had more time there.   Then back to Sydney.  We got to try another simulator, this one for a Boeing 747 that someone had set up in their house.   It was incredible.

After that we packed up our bags and got ready for a real plane…. for 14 hours to Dubai.

Dubai was a quick layover for 48 hours and was really fun.  It’s an interesting city.  It’s like an oasis city in the middle of the desert.  We visited the beach, and even got to go up the tallest building in the world.  We went up at sunset and the view was brilliant.

Now we are in Ushuaia, the southernmost tip of South America and it’s also the southern most city on the earth!  More to come……  Jackson.