Weekly Photo Challenge: Unusual

18 03 2012

Watch out for Camels in Australia (c)thesacredcave.wordpress.com

Of the twenty million camels in the world, there is around one million feral camels in the interior desert of Australia.  They arrived in Australia from the Canary Islands in 1840 as trek and transport vehicles but were released in 1920 with the advent of the motor car.  Camels are now regarded as a pest because they have no natural predators and can survive on very little water in our desert climate.

Australia Exports Camels to Saudi – yes really!
Due to the pure strain and clean conditions in Australia, the feral camels are in good shape. The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry notes that Australia’s camel export trade is only just beginning and successfully exports Aussie camels to Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Brunei and the Philippines!

Many camel farms now operate offering camel rides to tourists. This photo was taken in Broome, Western Australia where you can ride a camel train along the beautiful white sands of Cable Beach at sunset. It is a great, but quite unusual sight!!




12 responses

18 03 2012
Gilly Gee

Excellent, I love camels with their swaying motion ans disdainful look!

18 03 2012

Love this sign! Would be intereting to see a camel crossing the road.

18 03 2012
Anne Camille

I had no idea that one could find camels in Australia!

18 03 2012

Yes and they get REALLY big too.

19 03 2012
Northern Narratives

Very interesting and unusual.

19 03 2012
Chris Alice Donner

I’ve ridden an elephant but not a camel. We’ll have to do that when we come to visit.

19 03 2012

Now that would be an unusual sight – I really can’t imagine wanting to ride a camel in Australia. (Though I would love to walk the beach.)

19 03 2012
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19 03 2012

lovely post, so many images spring to mind, not to mention the swaying back and forth motion, and those big liquid eyes with huge dust-filtering lashes 🙂

19 03 2012

I have ridden the camels on the beach at sunset. An amazing experience! A couple of things to keep in mind if you go to Broome to do this. Make sure your shorts are dry (chafe can be painful) and never ever let a camel breathe on you. Their breath is the worst thing i have ever smelt. Mind you the beautiful big eyes and eyelashes are almost worth it to get that close.

21 03 2012

I had a good laugh over that sign. Good job! 🙂

23 03 2012

Ha – yes!! It was quite surprising to come across this one. Glad you liked it.

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