Camel riding in Quorn, South Australia

When people think of camels, they don’t tend to think of Australia first. But in fact, Australia has the largest population of camels in the world — many of them feral and regarded as pests. No-one’s quite sure exactly how many there are, but some estimates top a million. Camels are perfectly suited to the dry environment of the vast Australian outback, and since their introduction in 1840, have multiplied rapidly.

This means that if you’re keen to ride a camel, the Aussie outback will provide you with myriad opportunities. We visited Pichi Richi camel tours during our six-day tour from Adelaide to Alice Springs with Adventure Tours Australia.

Pichi Richi Camel Farm is located in Quorn, in the Flinders Ranges of South Australia, and there are a wide range of tours on offer — from a half-hour ride around the farm to four-day safaris. We chose the shortest option, sadly not having four days to spare, and mounted our camels with the help of owner Graham.

Riding a camel is an experience and a half — they move their bodies in surprising ways that takes a little getting used to. It would have been nice to have had more time, but our short walk around the farm was a good introduction to camel-riding.

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