A woman revealed how her family & # 39; accidentally & # 39; went to live in Alice Springs after their car broke down during an Outback road trip and they fell in love with the remote city.
Hannah Miflin, her husband Alex Hoffman, and their two-year-old daughter left their stable life in Melbourne for the & # 39; big round & # 39; start around Australia – a journey popular with nomads who want to leave the beaten track.
The family rented out their home in Glen Iris and took secured unpaid leave before leaving for eight months in a motor home.
& # 39; Everyone who does the big round will find problems. There are at least a million Facebook groups dedicated to the womb, full of stories of misery. The flat tire, the fully booked caravan park, the problems with homeschooling, & Mrs. Miflin wrote in a piece for the ABC.
In just two days the family was left behind by two flat tires in the middle of the vast Australian Outback.
But $ 1,000 later they were on their way again.
Hannah Mifflin, her husband Alex Hoffman and their two-year-old daughter left their stable life in Melbourne for the & # 39; big round & # 39; to start around Australia
After their 4WD broke, the family ended up in Alice Springs for mechanic repairs when they fell in love with the remote community
While the nomadic family moved to the small town of Yulara to see Uluru and Kata Tjuta, their 4WD began to overheat.
A mechanic in Yulara told the news that their car probably broke a cylinder head.
So the family happened to be back in Alice Springs for car repairs.
But once arrived in the community of 25,000 people, they had to wait 10 days before the car could even be viewed.
Miflin and Mr. Hoffman called the mechanic every few days to hear that the required car parts had not yet arrived.
& # 39; So we waited and were slowly absorbed by Alice Springs. We found our local cafe, went to a local church, and became regulars in the municipal pool, & Mrs. Miflin said.
Initially, the couple felt like foreign tourists in the remote city of Northern Territory, before their environment & # 39; a little too familiar & # 39; began to be.
Mrs. Miflin said their transition from tourist to resident began after she noticed that the locals were starting to recognize them and considered them their own body.
Only when their daughter succeeded in receiving an invitation to a local child's birthday party did the family accept that they were unintentionally living in Alice Springs.
& # 39; Don't you need friends in town to make that happen? We were not in that phase yet? Then the job openings began, & Mrs. Miflin said.
The local owner of the caravan park told the couple that if they stayed longer, they would do some work.
Mrs. Miflin was then offered an office job and her husband was approached for some labor.
Three weeks after their car broke down, the couple went out to dinner at a pub with a local family they had met when they realized how much they had become used to the community.
& # 39; At this stage I started to wonder if we had moved to Alice by accident. It is apparently not an unusual story, people break down in Alice and never leave, & she said.
Mrs. Miflin said her family was going to love the entire Red Center of the remote city.
When a friend from home asked Ms. Miflin texting about their journey, she simply replied: & I think I moved to Alice Springs by mistake. & # 39;
Only when their daughter succeeded in receiving an invitation to a local child's birthday party did the family accept that they were unintentionally living in Alice Springs
Although they have the same population as their home town of Glen Iris in Melbourne, Ms. Miflin said the people in Alice Springs are much more diverse.
She said that on a certain day they could hear a number of different native languages in the & # 39; melting pot & # 39; from the city.
A month after arriving in Alice Springs, the family's car was finally repaired and they were on their way again.
But their decision to leave the city and the people who had banned them so much was not without sorrow.
At one point Mrs. Miflin and her husband legally considered moving full-time to Alice Springs.
But for the time being the family continues their lives on the road and they are currently in Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory, 500 km from the city that captured their hearts.
Mrs. Miflin said they will return one day.
Despite having the same population as their home town of Glen Iris in Melbourne, Ms. Miflin said the people in Alice Springs are much more diverse
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