• Australia’s only inner city camel riding tour

    Perth City - Riverside
    September – May
     
    Exmouth Ningaloo
    June – September

    Booking Timetable

Hop aboard our majestic camels and loll along the bank of the Swan River for an entirely new perspective of the City of Perth and Western Australia’s early history or step out along Town Beach in Exmouth, the gateway to Ningaloo. Mounting from our specially designed platforms makes it easy for you and our camels. It’s a unique experience you won’t forget on beautiful animals who enjoy showing you around our sights.

Our Tours - approximately 45 minutes

See our operating hours in our Booking Timetable (our tours are subject to acceptable weather conditions).

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Our Routes

Foreshore Camel Walk Primary Route

Exmouth Town Beach

Foreshore Camel Walk Primary Route

Perth City - Riverside

Getting to us is easy

Exmouth Town Beach

From town
Go south on Murat Road, turn east onto Madaffari Drive and straight onto Warne Street to the beach.

From the canals
Go north on Murat Road, turn east onto Madaffari Drive and straight onto Warne Street to the beach.

From Marina & Manterays Resort
Head north to Warne Street, turn east to Town Beach

Perth City - Riverside

By Train & Bus
From Elizabeth Quay train and bus stations head east 200 meters past the Bell Tower to Riverside Drive; from Perth train station and busport walk east to Barrack Street and south to the Bell Tower then 200 metres east to Riverside Drive.

By Car
Street parking on Riverside Drive, or from Terrace Road carpark walk west 200 meters on Riverside Drive

Testimonials

  • This was the best experience ever! Definitely recommend everyone to do this! Thank you to the amazing team at Camel West for such a great ride on Black Jack!


    Paige N

  • Had an amazing time today riding the camels along Riverside Drive through Elizabeth Quay. Booked tickets for my friend’s birthday as a surprise and she was extremely happy. Will definitely be recommending Camel West to family and friends.

    Kelly P

  • I had such a lovely time, the team are excellent, thanks for having me.

    Aoife Q

  • Amazing experience! We had a try this morning, even my daughter has horse riding experience, she’s still very excited with camel ride and wants to have the riding every day. Especially nearby Swan River, with all beautiful things around you have a good view with park, river and bell tower. Very nice staffs, introduce the background of camels in Australia. They also help you to take photos during your riding, so get ready for the whole family! After riding you have a chance to feed the camels! Definitely need to have a try, highly recommended!

    Qiang R T

  • I booked the 30 minutes Camel tour as an early birthday surprise for my best friend and it was just an incredible experience in every way. Jon was very accommodating when I told him I would like to don an Arabian theme. We rocked up in improvised Arabian attire, a very oblivious and blindfolded friend in hand and the rest, Jon and his team took care of. The camel ride along Riverside Drive was very therapeutic and informative. The camels are so adorable and well trained. This surely is a unique way to experience our beautiful city. A big thanks to Jon, his team and his majestic camels for an eventful morning and the wonderful memories we will look back on.

    Bindiya S

About Us

Jon’s early life was spent working on sheep and cattle stations in the eastern and north eastern goldfields of WA Forty years later after working in tourism and other property development and marketing Jon returned to the bush to get camels for this new venture.

At a tourism conference in 2016 major infrastructure for Perth such as Elizabeth Quay and the Domain Stadium were showcased along with major hotel developments estimated to increase Perth’s hotel room supply by more than 50% in just a few years. A need for new attractions and activities was exposed.

Jon, his son Jack and partner Sally decided to investigate the possibility of providing camel riding tours in the heart of the city. After camels were located in the fringe desert area of WA, they set about approaching authorities and subsequently applied for approvals for the licences required to operate such a venture.

Experienced cameleers were sought around the country from whom to learn some of the finer points of catching, domesticating and training wild camels.

After training with three different people, camels were caught from several areas but principally the Nullarbor Plain in WA, transported to a 160 acre property in Morangup for initial domestication and training and then bought into a 10 acre property in Caversham bordering a major highway to become desensitized to heavy traffic and final training for rides.

the necessary approvals and licences were granted.We now have 22 camels on the two properties. This allows for some rotation in excess of their 2 days off a week and to cater for greater demand without overworking our camels.

History

Camels were imported to Australia from the mid 1800’s to the early 1900’s. In addition to early explorations like Burke & Wills and major infrastructure of the time such as the overland telegraph, the Ghan Railway, the Trans Australian Railway and the Kalgoorlie Pipeline, camels were used to open up much of the pastoral inland and by prospectors looking for gold until the 1920’s when the motor vehicle and steam trains began to take over.

We are proud to bring Camels back into everyday Australian life and educate people on their amazing history and showcase our beautiful city.

Partners and Affiliations

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  • Drome Dairy

    Drome Dairy

  • City of Perth

    City of Perth

  • Shire of Exmouth

    Shire of Exmouth

     
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