"An untrained camel costs A$600 while a trained camel for riding costs A$7,000 or more," our guide from Oakfield Ranch told us as we were being led on a short ride to the beach at Anna Bay, Port Stephens. We all gasped at the tremendous difference in price. So I looked down at the camel I was on and smiled. I'm sitting on the mammalian equivalent of a Lamborghini.
|Caught a camera... a camel kissing a horse's ass?! Whoopsie... In less risque context, the yellow humped sign marks the trailer that Oakfield Ranch operates out of on Anna Beach, Port Stephens, New South Wales, Australia. Heh heh.|
Oakfield Ranch provides the camel rides at A$25 for a 20-minute guided trek to the waterfront and back. It's kind of bizarre actually, to transit from a barren, beige sandscape to the gem blue waves of the South Pacific Ocean in a matter of minutes.
|Carmel (car and camel) parking. We ride cars here so that we can ride camels.|
|I've never gotten so close to a camel before. I find their big and calm eyes so mesmerising. Camels have a double row of thick eyelashes to filter out debris and sand.|
|You don't have to go to Africa or the Middle East to experience the desert. Here's a glimpse at the backyard of Sydney.|
|I can't get my hands off the thick, stubby yet fluffy ears of the camels. They are so comforting to touch. Camels have excellent hearing by the way.|
|I find this scene rather comical but can't think of a fitting caption. What would you say about this photo?|
|Our camel 'caravan'. The one me and Jacqueline are on is named Paulie and she's a race winner!|
|Pony rides by the beach are available at many places but a camel ride is less common. What's the difference? Well, not much actually except that the camels seem to be better behaved.|
|Showing some lovin' to the camels, also known as desert ships. Cover up if you don't want to get sunburnt during the ride.|
For a out of desert experience of the desert, camel riding at Port Stephens is arriving at the Middle East while Down Under!
This post has been made possible by Destination New South Wales in partnership with CTC Travel.