Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park with the Whole Family

Once again one of my lovely friends has been generous enough to share with me their travel stories. My lovely friend Jac really is an inspiration. She sat down one day finding the path she had taken in life was not the path she wanted for her future, so she changed it. This is the bio from her website The Brown Paper Bag. (Below) To me she is a friend who I meet through our surf club and our love of the ocean of the beach gives us not only common ground but a shared passion. She is far more passionate about leading a healthy and clean lifestyle than I, but that only inspires me to be better than I am today.

Jacqueline Alwill is a qualified, practicing nutritionist, whole foods cook and most importantly mother to Jet. She is passionately committed to improving the health, wellbeing and happiness of all individuals.

As founder and director of The Brown Paper Bag, Jacqueline has established herself as a leading nutritionist, health writer and presenter, with an in demand nutrition practice and wholefoods catering company ‘The Brown Paper Bag’. Jacqueline’s philosophy in health lays the foundations for the experience clients and the community have in her practice, workshops and the food they cook and taste.

Jac is a role model of ‘how to do it all’. She packs so much into a week that it is awe-inspiring. Her comments about her work, and her son are so passionate that it is easy to appreciate all her success. With passion is enthusiasm and energy. With passion comes positive rays of sunshine. She sounds pretty great huh? The best, and the most wonderful thing about Jac, is actually nothing I’ve already mentioned. The best thing about Jac is her humility. Jac gets that raising a kid is a tremendous honour and there is no greater teacher in her life than her Jet. She has an amazing  ability to grow. She rises when things are tough. She owns her mistakes, and she is better because of it.  I hope you enjoy this brief update and the delightful pictures from our red centre with her adventure with Jet.

P.S. Jac is an author. Click here to buy her book.

Last/best/ family holiday?

Last and probably best family holiday was to Uluru in the Northern Territory. We escaped after the school holidays (it truthfully was for my work, but the family – grandparents included came along for the ride), which made it pretty easy to book and enjoy the experience with out too many others.

Where did you go?

Right smack bam in the middle of our country – Northern Territory, outback, Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park – it was something else. Have truly never had an experience like it.

Where did you stay?

They’ve done a really great job of containing tourism and preserving the national park so once you jump off the plane at Uluru, it’s straight into the Ayers Rock Resort which includes about 5 accommodation options I believe. We stayed at the Desert Gardens Hotel.

Who travelled with you?

My son Jet, my partner, father and mother! Talk about a family hol hey?!?!?

How did you book it?

I booked the airlines and car etc, online but for the accommodation I picked up the phone as I wanted to ensure we had rooms nearby.


Top three thing you did?
  1. Walk around Uluru and through Kata Tjuta (The Olgas)
  2. Run from Uluru to Kata Tjuta – that wasn’t the entire family though, just me
  3. Field of lights – evening light installation that I cannot describe with words. You just need to go and experience it for yourself
  4. Can I add one more? Outback handball championships
 Top three things you pack?

  1. Pack of cards
  2. Textas, pencils and drawing paper
  3. Notes diary to jot down the things that inspired me most and so I can take those experiences into other parts of life.
  4. And because I evidently can’t stick to top three – I’ll go with number 4 – handball!


What would you change next time? Would you do anything differently?

Probably stay a little longer and drive further out – we were only there for about 5 days so it didn’t feel like enough to do everything we would have liked, but does give one an excuse to head back!


Make sure you experience a sunrise and a sunset at both Uluru and Kata Tjuta, they give completely different aspects, colours and experiences. If you can look at the lunar calendar and time it around a full moon that’s pretty spectacular too.


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