Camel rides in Broome Western Australia are one of the most popular things to do in Broome. Most tourists don’t leave this Kimberly town without taking part in a camel train along Cable Beach.

It’s one of the best ways to see a Broome sunset.

There are three companies that sell camel tours: Broome Camel Safaris, Red Sun Camels, and Sundowner Camel Tours.

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camels on the beach at sunset

Camel Information

There are two types of camels; Arabian Camel (Dromedary) and Bactrian Camel. The Dromedary camels have one hump and are the ones found in Broome. They live to about 25 years old in the wild but Domestic camels can live to be up to 40 years old.

These animals can grow to 7 feet at the hump and weigh 1600 pounds. Their hump stores fat which can be broken down into energy when food is scarce. They hardly sweat so don’t require much water. The domestic ones will drink around 25 litres a day but a thirsty camel can drink 115 litres in 13 minutes.

Unlike most animals, when walking, the camel moves both feet on one side of its body, then both feet on the other. 

close up of a camel's head

History of camels in Australia

Camels were introduced from India and Afghanistan into Australia in the 19th Century to help with transport and workloads. Muslim cameleers were brought in to service the South Australian outback and soon began their own businesses importing and running camel trains. It is estimated that around 15,000 camels were imported into Australia at that time. The handlers were known as Afghans or Ghans to which the train, The Ghan, gets its name.

After the arrival of motorised transport, camels weren’t required and so were released into the wild. Here they thrived and today Australia has the largest population of feral camels in the world. This has become a problem for outback communities where they destroy fences and pipes and drink the waterholes dry. The government funded a culling program that killed around 160,000 camels from 2009 to 2013.

So you could say that these camel ride companies are saving the camels from death. I’m not a supporter of animal tourism when the animals suffer. However, I think these are well looked after; they are fed, watered, there is a weight limit for passengers and they only work 3 times a day.

people riding on camels along a sandy wide beach

Camel Rides in Broome Western Australia

Broome Camel Safaris

Alison Bird deeply cares for her camels and has trained them from the wild and brought up orphan calves. Alison and her husband, Allen, now have over 30 camels which are all loved.

You can tell their camels by the blue blankets. They offer morning, afternoon and sunset camel rides on Cable Beach.

The most popular of this holiday activity is the one hour sunset ride. Viator are currently offering a full refund if you cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. They also have a Lowest Price Guarantee.

If you prefer a shorter ride, the 30-minute pre-sunset tour is great value.

camel train along the beach
Sunset Camel Tours – the most popular option

Red Sun Camels

Red Sun Camels began in 1991 but was purchased by John and Janet Geappen in 2000 and now have over 40 camels.

They opened the Camel Store in Broome in 2007 where you can purchase camel related products. You can tell Red Sun Camels by their red blankets.

Sundowner Camel Tours

Steve Madden (I believe to be the previous owner of Red Sun Camels) is now back in Broome and operating Sundowner Camel Tours. He has trained his camels from the wild and has also been breeding camels for many years.

Sundowner Camel Tours are the ones with yellow blankets.

Weight Limit of Camel Rides in Broome

There are weight restrictions for camel rides in Broome to safeguard the health of these animals.

Sundowner Camels and Broome Camel Safari both have a 90kg weight limit and Red Sun has a 100kg limit.

Also, note that Red Sun Camels have a child weight limit of 60kg.

Our Decision and Review

To be honest, they all had good reviews on Tripadvisor and the prices were pretty similar as well. There wasn’t any logic to my decision; I just ensured the reviews of the animal conditions were excellent and people were happy with the tour.

Pre Sunset Tour Review

We opted for this tour as I thought a 30-minute ride would be long enough and wanted to be on the beach to take photos of the camel trains at sunset. It was also a cheaper option for our family of four and you still have the same experience.

They are easy to find, just turn right at the rocks from the main access point on Cable Beach.

Upon arrival, we were offered a complimentary drink of either a beer, sparkling wine (thank you very much) or water. Once signed in, we relaxed on the beach while waiting for the rest of the group to arrive.

Not long after, we spotted the camels approaching and they were brought alongside a Ute. This is used as a loading platform to make it easier to get off and on the camels.

a ute with camels beside it

We then had to gather round so that they could decide who goes on what camel and with whom. Obviously, they keep families together.

Soon it was our time to climb the steps onto the platform and wait for the camel to come alongside. It was an easy swing of the leg over and off we go.

It felt bumpy to start with but we soon got used to the feeling and enjoyed a gentle ride along the white sands of Cable Beach. During the ride, the handlers told us the name of our camel and all about how she became part of their camel train.

The friendly camels were constantly coming alongside for a pat and a stroke. They are really cute animals with their long eyelashes and they didn’t smell at all (or spit).

On the return part of the journey, the staff use your camera to take photos of you on the camel so you have a memory of it all free of charge. There were options to buy professional photos too.

Before we knew it, the ride was over and we were back alongside the loading platform to dismount the camel.

We all thoroughly enjoyed the experience and found the pre-sunset tour perfect for us. I didn’t find it uncomfortable at all but might have after an hour. I would advise wearing loose clothing though.

Add camel rides in Broome to your bucket list.

Accommodation in Cable Beach

We stayed at Broome Beach Resort and found it to be great for families and good value.

For 4 nights in October 2021, these were the rates I costed out for a 2-bedroom apartment for 2 adults and 2 children:

Booking.Com A$1520

Wotif A$1824

Agoda A$1520

Hotels.Com A$1824

Stayz A$922

Stayz is the cheapest but it is a private let (like Airbnb) so only one apartment available. If it is free for your dates, that’s the cheapest I have seen. BOOK STAYZ HERE.

Booking.Com or Agoda are the next cheapest.

broome beach resort pool

Other Tours in Broome

Flights

plane flying over a beach

I use different sites to try and get the best possible price for flights.

First I visit matrix.itasoftware.com to get an idea of the cheapest dates, but you can’t book through this site.

Next I compare the cost of flights with Trip.com and try different routes.

Accommodation

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I mainly use Booking.com for accommodation as they consistently have the lowest rates with free cancellation on most properties.

Car Hire

black car

To compare rental car company prices, I use Rentalcars.com. They are world’s biggest car rental site, comparing all main brands including Europcar, Budget, Ace, Hertz, Avis, and Alamo.

Travel Insurance

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Don’t travel anywhere without travel insurance, it’s not worth the risk.

Travel insurance: simple & flexible

You can buy and claim online, even after you’ve left home. Travel insurance from WorldNomads.com is available to people from over 130 countries. It’s designed for adventurous travellers with cover for overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and a range of adventure sports and activities.

Travel Information & Guides

This Australia Travel Guide, which includes all essential information and tips, will help with the planning of your holiday to this beautiful country.

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For more things to do in Western Australia, check out this Western Australia Travel Guide.

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camels riding along the beach at sunset in Broome

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23 Comments

  1. We rode camels in Morocco and I’ll never forget it. I do have to say it’s quite the bumpy ride though. This looks amazing though, especially along the beach 🙂

    1. We didn’t find it bumpy at all and the loading platform was brilliant. Loved it!

  2. Interesting read. Australia’s not somewhere I’d immediately think of camel riding but good to know it’s an option in that part of the country 🙂

    1. It’s definitely not something I associate with Australia either and I wasn’t aware of the history until recently.

  3. Camels, whales… that Broome got me curious. How come I had never heard of that place before?

    1. Probably because it’s a remote town in the Kimberley region of Western Australia 🙂

    1. We really enjoyed it 🙂

  4. I had no idea that there were camels in Australia! This looks like a really fun experience and it sounds like the tour companies take good care of their animals.

    1. They do really seem to care about their camels, it’s lovely to see.

  5. John Quinn says:

    You are so lucky there was a loading platform. Sitting on a riding camel is a scary experience. You must be the only person bar me, who doesn’t find this uncomfortable. I would happily do it again.

    1. The loading platform is one of the reasons I chose this company. It looked a lot easier for us and the camels. I would definitely do it again, especially somewhere exotic.

  6. What an informative post Wendy! I didn’t know that there are different types of camel and they also exist in Australia. That’s great to know.

    Looks like your whole family had a great experience. The sunset photo is just stunning!

    1. Thank you Jane. I just love sharing experiences as a family.

  7. Such an informative and great post reviewing the camel ride! I love how they are helping to save those camels. I went on a camel safari in India for a full 8 hours. Although I loved it, it was so uncomfortable but we didn’t have nice seats and handles like these. I love how they have a platform for you to get on. That is a huge plus as it is a bit scary to get on without it! Excellent info and history too!

    1. Thank you Vanessa. I’m not sure I could have done 8 hours on one but it must have been an amazing experience.

  8. That is amazing. I had no idea Australia had the largest population of feral camels. Another example of the chaos that can result from introduced species. Then again it’s nice to know I don’t have to go all the way to the Middle East to experience a camel ride 🙂

    1. I didn’t know about the numbers either until I researched it. I also didn’t realise that’s what the Ghan is named after.

  9. Very informative post, Wendy! I didn’t even realize there were camels in Australia! So I enjoyed reading your post and learning a bit about how they were brought to Australia in addition to the info on the rides. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you for reading Becky

  10. Wendy, what a fun experience!! I never knew there were camels in Australia but also an interesting back story too! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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