We spent a few months working at the store in the remote Indigenous Australian community of Kaltukatjara or Docker River. Kaltukatjara is in the bottom left corner of the Northern Territory, a mere stones throw from the WA border. It’s a long way from anywhere. When we got the jobs at Docker River we were actually up in Darwin at the time and faced the not inconsiderable journey of around 2,400km to get there.
It was a fascinating and memorable experience that gave us a great insight into remote Australia and the Anangu people. Although a little culture shocked on arrival we quickly grew to love the community and way of life. I know that we would have stayed on much longer if circumstance had been different. On the morning we left we found it both surprising and touching that several members of the community were visibly upset to see us go; clearly we had made some unexpected bonds.
If I’m ever in the area I’d love to drop in again, but in reality it’s location makes it a difficult place to be just passing by!