Where To Go Camel Riding In NSW

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Is it only me who thinks camels are the weirdest-looking creatures in the animal kingdom? With their sarcastic toothy grins, big-lipped snouts and humped backs, they literally are like taken out of a cartoon.

If you want to relive your own version of Lawrence of Arabia desert story, book a family camel ride. We’ve selected the best (and safest) camel riding places in NSW.

Oakfield Ranch In Port Stephens

Located in beautiful Port Stephens, Oakfield Ranch offers thrilling camel rides on the largest moving coastal sand mass in the southern hemisphere – the picturesque Stockton Beach. Their standard 20-minute day rides depart from Birubi Beach, Anna Bay on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays and every day during the NSW Public School Holidays. You can also enjoy the thrills of an hour-long sunset ride – these can be booked upon request.

More information is available here.

Port Macquarie Camels

Here in Port Macquarie, you can experience a peaceful camel ride along one of Australia's most majestic coastlines – on Lighthouse Beach, a 9km stretch of southeast-facing sand heading to Lake Cathie. It has already become a famous spot for camel safari, so even if you’re not riding yourself, get your camera ready for some amazing shots.  

Port Macquarie Camels caters to all age groups. 3-4 year-olds must be accompanied by an adult. You don’t have to make a booking, just come by to their meeting spot along Matthew Flinders Drive, one kilometre south of the Tacking Point Surf Club. They operate every day between 9.30am and 1pm for 30-minute rides.

More information is available here.

Coffs Coast Camels

Here you can bumpy-ride with your head in the sky in another idyllic spot – along Boambee Beach in Coffs Harbour. The cameleers here are famous for their friendliness and knowledge, and they let you chose your own animal from the mighty fleet of 25 well-groomed camels. The rides last 45 minutes, and kids as small as 2 years old are allowed too, as long as they ride on your lap. The meeting point for all the rides is Jordan Esplanade, opposite the boat ramp on the beach.

More information is available here.

Hunter Valley Camel Rides At De Bortoli Wines

This one sounds a little different, but we’re loving the ‘wine’ angle! Here you can enjoy a glass of home-made wine and the camel ride - all in the picturesque Hunter Valley at De Bortoli Wines, the famous local winemaking estate. And this particular piece of information warms our hearts – the camels from De Bortoli Wines were rescued and now live their lives peacefully among humans. The camel rides take place every Saturday from 10am till 3pm.

De Bortoli Wines, 532 Wine Country Road, Lovedale, NSW 2325

For more information on Hunter Valley Camels, click here.

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