A Sunrise Camel Ride around Uluru

Silhouette of camel train in sunrise

Having to roll out of my bed at Ayer’s Rock Resort I felt more like a zombie than my normal self. Pre-dawn has never been my friend, and compounding late nights leading up to the trip and a 5am wake-up call meant I was tired and in need of coffee o’clock to happen sooner rather than later.
But one of the highlights of the trip to the Red Centre was about to happen – and my first experience ever – of riding a camel, and seeing the sunrise over Uluru.

A muzzled camel part of the sunrise camel train at Uluru

Annabel and Nicole on camelback

Annabel from Get in the Hot Spot and I rode Tanami, named after the Tanami desert in the North-West of the Northern Territory.
It was my first ride and I couldn’t stop laughing as Tanami stood up and we settled into life onboard!

Northern Territory sunrise in the outback from camelback

The sunrise in the desert from camel back in the Northern Territory

The Olga's at sunrise with a camel train

Kata Tjuta, also known as the Olga’s, with our camel train!

The Olgas at sunrise from camel back

The morning sun really put on a show as the sky turned to pinks and purples, the colours I had hoped to see during the Uluru sunset.

Camel ride at sunrise with Heather and Mark

Heather, our super guide and chief speed demon around the Red Centre. and Mark from Travel Wonders riding on the ‘Honeymoon’ camel – the anchor camel at the end of the.

Nicole and Annabel on a camel ride at sunrise in front of Uluru

Annabel and I patting the ‘puppy dog’ of the group. He kept showing me his teeth… I think he forgot to brush that morning!

Sunrise over Uluru on camel back

The site we’d been waiting to see – Uluru with an almost white sun rise!

The guide talking to us about the Olgas from onto of his camel

The skilled cameleers filled us in with information about the camels, the bush, and life in the Red Centre – and they weren’t half bad on the eyes either!

The camel I rode sitting down


Outback Camel Tours
Cost: Express tour AU$79/Sunrise or Sunset AU$119 per person
This experience was part of a Media trip with the Northern Territory tourism board and Plus7.
As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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    Antoinette | love.antoinette
    September 12, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Amazing post and photos Nicole! I unfortunately missed out on Ulura when I went to Australia back in January. I’ll definitely have something to come back to! This post also reminded me of my first camel ride in Egypt. Wasn’t it hilarious? Especially when you had to lean all the way back!

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      September 14, 2012 at 4:45 pm

      I was petrified I was going to fall off when they said lean backwards! I think I thought I’d bump into the camel behind me haha.

      Hope you manage to get back to Australia to see the Red Centre. It really is a stunning place. 🙂

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    September 12, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    It’s worth getting up at sunrise for the soft light that makes every photo look stunning.
    I’ve been to Uluru 3 times. It’s an amazing place and somewhere everyone should make the effort (and it is an effort) to visit.

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      September 14, 2012 at 4:46 pm

      Agreed Bianca!

      I don’t usually see sunrises (I like my beauty sleep) but it was so magical with the light pinks and blues as opposed to the darker purples at sunset.

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    Annabel Candy, Get In the Hot Spot
    September 12, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    Hi Nicole,

    Didn’t we have a lovely time the time we rode a camel. Apart from the freezing cold of course which is my excuse for wearing that hat! We look so happy though and for good reason:) We’re notching up quite a few cool travel experiences together aren’t we?!

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      September 14, 2012 at 4:47 pm

      Haha, at least you were warm in your hat. I was freezing! But it was worth it for the experience.

      Kyoto, the Red Centre – I think we’re doing quite well! Wonder where our roads will cross next? 🙂

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    September 14, 2012 at 12:45 am

    That must have been such an amazing experience. Love the photos

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      September 14, 2012 at 4:48 pm

      It was a fantastic experience, Brenda. Hope you can take part in a sunrise camel ride one day soon!

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    Tom @ ActiveBackpacker
    September 14, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    Beautiful photos and looks like a lot of fun. Love the shot of the puppy dog camel, he looks cute 🙂

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      September 14, 2012 at 4:48 pm

      Thanks Tom!

      The puppy dog camel, I wish I could remember his name, was really cute – except when he kept showing me his teeth which I swear he forgot to brush that morning. 😛

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    Michela @Rocky Travel Blog
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    I’ve been twice at Uluru but not on a sunrise camel tour. It seems to be really interesting! Gorgeous photos!

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    Angus Pryor
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    Samantha Proctor
    September 17, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    Hey there!

    I love all your photos from your trip to Uluru! It truly is such a magical place in Australia!
    I think everyone needs to go when they visit Australia!

    Thanks for sharing your experience!

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