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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