Uluru Camel Tours : Camel Express Fun Ride & Photography In The Australian Outback

One of my most memorable moments during my time in the Red Centre of Australia is the fun camel ride through the red sand with stunning views of World Heritage listed Uluru and Kata Tjuta in the background. A camel ride is listed as one of the top things to do in Uluru (Ayers Rock). 😀

 

Uluru Camel Tours @ Explore the Outback Just As The Early Pioneers Did – On The Back Of A Camel

Uluru Camel Tours is a multi-award winning owner operated tour business based in the heart of Australia, the Red Centre. They’re also the largest camel farm in the Southern Hemisphere, home to over 60 beautiful camels.

Uluru Camel Tours is located at Voyages Ayers Rock Resort. The farm is open all year round and entrance to the camel farm is free. The farm has a camel race track where the Uluru Camel Cup event is organised. There is also a free BBQ area with picnic seating for up to 100 visitors.

 

Daily Tours Available:

  • Camel To Sunset (2.5 hours) – Adult AUD129 per person, Child AUD129 per child
  • Camel To Sunrise (2.5 hours) – AUD129 per person, Child AUD129 per child
  • Camel Express (1.5 hours) – AUD80 per person, Child AUD80 per child

For more info, kindly visit the website here. 🙂

 

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Uluru Camel Tours, Ayers Rock (Uluru)
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Uluru Camel Tours, Ayers Rock (Uluru)
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The free BBQ area with picnic seating for up to 100 visitors at Uluru Camel Tours
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The dromedary camels at Uluru Camel Tours

 

The Camel Express – 45 Minutes Through Sand Dune Country With Scenic Views Of Uluru & Kata Tjuta

After our 3D/2N camping tour with Emu Run Tours, we had some spare time before flying back to Melbourne the next day. Therefore, Daphne and I decided to complete our Australian Outback experience with a camel ride. 😀 The tour is priced at AUS80 per person. We booked our Camel Express ride online prior to our arrival to avoid any disappointments.

At 10.30am in the morning, we were picked up by an Uluru Camel Tours’ van from our hotel (Outback Pioneer Hotel & Lodge) and brought to the camel farm located not too far away. There, all 29 visitors including Daphne and I were given a short safety briefing and taught the correct way to get on and off a camel without injuring ourselves or the camel.

We found out that the lightest person gets to sit in the front seat because the camel supports the heaviest weight on its back. After that, we were divided into pairs and assigned to our camels. Daphne and I got a good-natured camel named Apollo – how lovely! 😀 After everyone was on their camels, we set out our scenic tour accompanied by several experienced cameleers and a professional photographer too.

 

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The Camel Express participants listening to the short safety briefing at Uluru Camel Tours
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A cameleer with the camels at Uluru Camel Tours
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We took turns to get on our respective camels for our express ride with Uluru Camel Tours
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Daphne & Erika holding on tightly to Apollo (the camel) as it gets up
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Erika, Daphne and Apollo @ Uluru Camel Tours
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Erika & Daphne at Uluru Camel Tours

 

Beautiful Photos For Memories

As promised, we were taken through the scenic red sand dune landscape of the Australian Outback. Our camels obediently walked in a single organised line, at a pleasant and comfortable pace. Everyone in the tour group was enjoying their camel ride, even the children.

There were ample opportunities for photography using our own cameras and camera phones. The cameleers and the tour photographer were kind enough to help us take several photographs of Daphne and I on our camel too. One even took a selife of himself using my mobile phone. 😛

The highlight of our Camel Express experience was the stunning views we enjoyed – of World Heritage listed Uluru and Kata Tjuta in the background. We even took turns to pose with our camels in front of Uluru (Ayers Rock) and had our photographs taken by the professional photographer that accompanied us. A hardcopy (DVD) of the photos can be purchased at the gift shop for AUD40 per copy.

 

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The first few participants of our Camel Express tour @ Uluru Camel Tours
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The rest of the participants of our Camel Express tour @ Uluru Camel Tours
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The breathtaking view of Uluru (Ayers Rock) as seen from our camel ride with Uluru Camel Tours
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Erika enjoying her fun camel ride in the Australian Outback with Uluru Camel Tours
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One of the friendly cameleers took a selfie using Erika’s smartphone 😛
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Our Camel Express participants enjoying their camel ride with Uluru Camel Tours
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Our Camel Express tour group photo with Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) in the background, Uluru Camel Tours
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Our Camel Express tour group photo with Uluru (Ayers Rock) in the background, Uluru Camel Tours
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Erika, Daphne and their camel (Apollo) posing for a photograph in front of the mighty Uluru (Ayers Rock)

 

Colourful Desert Wildlife & Outback History

Through our fun Camel Express ride, we learnt a lot about the amazing landscape that surrounds us – its unique desert flora and fauna. We were lucky enough to see the elusive thorny devil (a type of lizard) up-close and personal.

Other animals include the greater desert skink, perentie (Australia’s largest lizard), emus and even dingoes. It’s difficult to spot these cleverly camouflaged desert animals with the untrained eye. Our experienced cameleers took the initiative to point out these animals to us so that we may see them in their natural habitat. 😀

Besides that, we were told of the history of the outback pioneers and how they’ve adapted to live on the arid land. We then made our way back to the camel farm to have our photographs processed while we enjoyed some food and shopped for souvenirs in the gift shop.

 

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A thorny devil (a type of lizard in the Australian Outback)
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A type of lizard in the Australian Outback
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A juvenile perentie in the Australian Outback. It’s the largest monitor lizard in Australia!
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An emu in the Australian Outback
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The participants waiting patiently to get off their camels @ Uluru Camel Tours
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Daphne & Erika enjoyed their camel express ride with Uluru Camel Tours, Ayers Rock
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A skeleton of a camel on display at Uluru Camel Tours’ gift shop
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Uluru Camel Tours van
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A ride back to Outback Pioneer Hotel & Lodge on the Uluru Camel Tours van

 

In A Nutshell

Once we paid and received a copy of the photographs for that day, Daphne and I made our way back to the Uluru Camel Tours van parked outside. We were then given a ride back to our respective hotel. The journey took approximately 10 minutes. The both of us were happy and satisfied with our camel ride experience. That Camel Express experience marked the end of my 5D/4N Backpacking Uluru (Ayers Rock) journey. We took the flight back to Melbourne the next day.

Overall, I really enjoyed my precious time in Australia’s Red Centre with my dear friend Daphne. Together, we have made lots of sweet memories to last a lifetime; from sleeping in a swag underneath the stars, admiring the Southern Cross constellations in the sky, eating exotic meat (camel, crocodile, emu, kangaroo and barramundi), exploring Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon, learning about Anangu Aboriginal heritage and more! 😀

I hope the information provided in my travel blog helps and benefits aspiring travellers from around the globe. A complete list of my Australian Outback blog posts is available here. Safe and happy travels to all!

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