Alice Springs Camel Cup

Did you know that one of the things to do in Alice Springs in July is to go to the Alice Springs Camel Cup? The first Camel Race was run in 1970 in the dry Todd River Bed as a bet between two mates, Noel Fullerton and Keith Mooney-Smith, and was an added attraction at the Alice Springs Centenary Year Celebrations.

The Camel Race proved so popular and hilarious that plans were made by the Lions Clubs to hold the event on an annual basis. The first permanent venue was Traeger Park, but low fences and a grass track were thought to be too dangerous, so in 1975 the event was moved to Arunga Park Speedway, with some success. Apex now sponsors the Camel Cup.

Since 1979 the Camel Cup has been held on its own arena at Blatherskite Park, a section of the Central Australian Show Society grounds, with a commentary and judges’ tower being erected, for telephone contact to the ‘pits’ and ‘centre arena’ to keep the crowd informed.

After the Camel Cup, you’ll be inspired to join our sunset camel ride!

Uluru Camel Cup

Looking for more outback camel racing? The Uluru Camel Cup is held during a weekend of activities at Yulara near Uluru on the last weekend in May.