The Do’s and Don’ts of Riding Camels in Uluru

If you’re planning to visit the resplendent Uluru Ayers Rock and Kata Tjuta, riding a camel can be a part of an interesting travel experience. While you don’t need to be trained in camel riding prior to your first camel tour, you still need to abide by these guidelines to ensure your safety:

  1. Do follow what your guide says

Listen and do what your guide tells you before, during and after the camel tour. Even if you’ve had your share of riding other animals (e.g. horses), this doesn’t automatically mean you can handle a camel easily, since riding, let alone mounting, a camel is a different experience in itself.

Don’t ignore your guide’s instructions. For instance, don’t ever get on your camel unless your guide has tied it to something and has been secured for safe riding. For the fearful, it’s a relief to know that it’s not that complicated to ride a camel — you just need to swing your leg over the back and place yourself in the middle of the camel’s back, and lean back in your saddle as the camel starts to raise itself from its back legs.

  1. Do wear protective clothing

Wearing long pants and socks can protect you when exposed to the sun. This also prevents contact itchiness that might occur when you’re riding the camel, since its motion and the weather can affect your clothing.

It could be very hot in the Northern Territory during the summer, but don’t wear anything that’s too short or revealing. Leave being wild to the creatures of the wilderness – there’s no point in wearing anything that’s too provocative in the outback. By putting on appropriate clothes, you can also reduce the risk of sustaining injury and allergies.

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  1. Do take pictures only when your gadgets are secured

Who can’t resist taking photos of bizarre things you don’t always get to do every day? Camel-riders know that it’s a precious opportunity for photos, but don’t let excitement get the better of you before your smartphone or camera drops to the ground. Keep your device in protective gear, and don’t move around too much while you’re mounted, as this might alarm or annoy the camel.

When the tour is on break or you’re unmounted, make sure that don’t stand in front of your camel, since they can sneeze or blow a big bubble of foam from their mouths.

  1. Do bring a light painkiller

Riding any animal can be uncomfortable for an extended period of time. The size of the camel’s body and your position on its top can take a toll on you when you go for tours that last for more than an hour. Take light painkillers, such as Tylenol or Aspirin, to deal with discomfort when the ride takes too long.

Don’t litter when taking your meds or consuming food and drinks during the tour. No, being sneaky about throwing your trash doesn’t erase the fact that you’re not doing mother nature a favor. Keep that trash in your pocket or bag to yourself. It will be obvious if you decide to throw down something, since you’re riding on top of a tall camel. They might also attempt to eat or examine your trash, so put it first in your bag until you’ve found a proper trash disposal area.

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Riding a camel doesn’t exactly spell a fast journey, but it’s through these slow phases that you can take a break from everything and witness the rocky yet ravishing gems of Erldunda and the rest of the Northern Territory.

There’s more to the Northern Territory than just camel riding and sightseeing — contact us at the Erldunda Roadhouse to find out how to make your Australian journey educational and entertaining!

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Making the Most of Erldunda in the Summer

Ready for some sunny fun in Erldunda? Summer in Central Australia occurs from December to February, with temperatures ranging from 20C to 35C (6F to 95F). For experienced Outback adventurers, this is one of the best seasons to visit Erldunda, where you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the terrains that would otherwise be difficult to visit during darker days. With so many things to do and places to visit, you may find planning for the experience to be a bit overwhelming. Fear not – we’ve compiled the top tourist activities you can follow for a fulfilling holiday.  

Appreciating the Wildlife

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Are you eager to meet the different animals of Erldunda? There are more than 178 species of bird in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park alone, so there’s definitely plenty to see!

Of all these creatures, the Emu is arguably the most iconic – these big birds are one of the tallest in Australia, with double shafted feathers that give them a shaggy look. One of the best and safest ways to check the Emus out is at our Emu Enclosure.

Learning in the Cultural Centre

The Cultural Centre is the ideal place to start learning about the rich culture and historical significance of the Australian aborigines. There are free culture and nature presentations starting at 10:00 A.M. on weekdays, and they also offer free ranger-guided walks starting at 8:00 A.M. during October to April and at 10:00 A.M. during May to September. You can also pick up your visitor guide in the centre to personally guide you through your Erldunda experience.

Walking in Uluru and Kata Tjuta

Experience the Outback at its finest by visiting Uluru and Kata Tjuata, NT’s treasured wonders. It’s easy to drop by these top tourist attractions, since the distance is around 55km on a sealed road (and you can take a rest in the Erldunda Roadhouse during trips in-between for a quick lunch or gas fill-up).

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You can’t say you’ve been to Erldunda until you’ve visited the world-famous Uluru (Ayer’s Rock), where you’ll notice how nature preserves beauty over time. While it’s illegal to climb Uluru, you can still enjoy visiting this 600-million-year-old Australian icon through walking. You can start taking the entire Uluru Base Walk from the Mala carpark, then head through the acacia woodlands and grassed clay pans, where you’ll see the different plants and animals inhabiting the park. Just make sure to hydrate yourself and watch your steps all the time.

The sacred Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) is another attraction that highlights nature’s gifts in Erldunda. Just like Uluru, everyone is free to visit this area. To get a panoramic view of these sandstone domes, stop by the Kata Tjuta dune viewing area, where you can take a short walk that offers a picture-perfect view of Kata Tjuta. You can also have a closer look at the flora and fauna of Kata Tjuta by taking the Walpa Gorge walk, where the rarest plants of the region bloom throughout the year.

Capture the Perfect Sunset

End your Erldunda summer with a spectacular view of the Sun from the centre of the centre! Watch the sun set (and rise) from our sturdy and wide Sunset Viewing Platform, located near the Caravan Park. You can also take photos here with your friends as a testament to a lasting memory of the beautiful sunset in the Northern Territory.

Get prepared for an adventure and escape the scorching heat as you visit Erldunda this summer by contacting Erldunda Roadhouse today!

 

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