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Published January 7th 2015
Starry, starry night in the Outback
What does the Outback in Australia have to offer? Why is it so appealing to so many tourists - both from Australia and overseas?
Most of us do not have the opportunity to partake in an interactive and entertaining tour, where the wonderful history and culture is outlined for us, within the beautiful surroundings that encompass the vast Outback of Australia.
I still thank my stars (pun intended) to have had the opportunity of witnessing a truly fantastic night that was presented by some of the most hard working team of hosts and hostesses, amazing and fresh food made fresh on arrival, and an overall lovely combination of education and entertainment.
Located a little over 20 minutes out of Alice Springs, the Earth Sanctuary is a beautiful haven that boasts an excellent reputation in promoting sustainability, education and eco-tourism. Surrounded by a picturesque view of the Central Australian landscape, the Falzon family has invested a great deal of time, money and energy in providing the Sanctuary's visitors with a life-changing experience through their services. Tourists are able to book their tour via the website, which will redirect them to a page that will provide them with the various options to take a big group out to the Sanctuary in a luxurious bus with comfortable seats for a night they won't forget.
Seating area for the guests to enjoy a hearty dinner
The Sanctuary is blanketed with red sand everywhere, so I'd advise wearing comfortable footwear (or even thongs for a particularly hot day). Also, what I found to be a really handy tool is to get some mosquito-repellant spray with you, especially if you're going on a dinner/astronomy tour.
All tourists were welcomed with a delicious and cool glass of sparkling wine (or) champagne upon arrival. There were nibbles scattered across the barrels around the Sanctuary for everyone as they were introduced to the host for the night (Dan Falzon) and acquainted themselves with one another. There is a quirky, little bar that was located towards the back of the Sanctuary, where drinks were available for purchase between $3 and $30.
The group was then asked to come together to learn a bit about the Outback. Dan was able to explain wonderfully about the roots of the Outback - its heritage, its culture, its people - and then intertwined that with where the Earth Sanctuary fits in. For a small, family-run organization that has been going on for a little under 15 years, I think the Earth Sanctuary offers its customers so much more than a 'starry night out'. Standing on the strong principles of solar energy, environment protection and education, one can really feel the passion that oozes from this beautiful Sanctuary.
It was very helpful to have this chat as a group, because I left the Sanctuary with a totally different (more holistic) perspective of the Outback. This was then followed by a lovely little performance of Dan playing the legendary Didgeribone, which was welcomed with a hearty applause. After this, the group was invited to a buffet-style dinner banquet, which was freshly being cooked by the hardworking crew members in the kitchen.
Dan giving a talk to a group, while holding the didgeribone (Courtesy: Official website)
There was something for everyone - from vegetarian and gluten-free options, to appetizers and desserts. For the amount that was paid for this tour, you can be assured that it is of a really good value. The food was absolutely scrumptious, with the meat being cooked to perfection, the delightful range of salads, and the ever-so-mouth-watering dessert of sticky date pudding with a dollop of cream and (a very juicy) strawberry, I was, personally, heavily impressed by it all.
The assorted range of options that make up the dinner menu (Courtesy: Official Website)
I am truly thankful for having had the opportunity to experience the beauty of the Outback through the excellent services provided by the Earth Sanctuary. From the friendliest hosts one could ask for, to the scrumptious food, to the increased awareness about the history of the Outback, this tour delivered in a big way and exceeded my expectations in volumes that are unmeasurable.
Alana and Dan Falzon - prepping up for a great night at the Earth Sanctuary