Are you doing tours during COVID-19 restrictions?
Our COVID-19 checklist is in place, we are inspected and approved. We are offering camel rides, Wednesday to Sunday, booked by phone.
Phone Marcus to arrange a tour for your group. No bookings can be taken by text, email or our online booking system. Call now on 0416170164.
You will need to drive yourself to Pyndan Camel Tracks as we are not allowed to provide transfers. Click here to find out what happens on a sunset camel ride.
We have put in place all possible precautions and systems to share the safest environment possible under the circumstances.
We’ve implemented vigilant cleaning protocols in our work place including: regular cleaning of communal hard surfaces; regular disinfection of hands; cleaning camel saddles before / after each tour; and exercising social distancing.
Your safety is our number one priority, so we’ve requested that if any team member feels unwell they should remain at home and we ask our customers to do the same.
You can also visit our ‘camel lounge’ to learn about camels, browse our camel-themed souvenirs, admire camel artwork and camel collectables, observe the camels at home in their yards, and enjoy the peace and serenity of Outback Australia.
Marcus ‘The Camel Man’ Williams has more than 30 years experience working with camels all over the Outback as well as in Broome, India, Malaysia and Brunei.
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Do I need to book a camel ride or can I just turn up at Pyndan Camel Tracks?
We have to let our camels know that you are coming so we can get them ready for you. Phone bookings only until further notice during the new normal of 2020. Book early to avoid disappointment on 0416170164! Tours operating Wednesday to Sunday.
We don’t offer short camel rides or farm tours.
What does my camel tour include and how do I get to Pyndan Camel Tracks?
Tour includes hotel pick up and drop off. Or you can self-drive to Pyndan Camel Tracks. Click here for directions — Pyndan Camel Tracks — located only 20 minutes from Alice Springs CBD.
Sunset tours include light refreshments.
What do I need to bring?
Wear sun-smart clothing including a hat and sunscreen, bring a water bottle and your sense of adventure. Comfortable shoes are best including sandals. Bring a day pack if you wish.
Where do we go?
For our camel ride we go from the Pyndan Camel Tracks camel yards into White Gums Station, in a valley up close to the MacDonnell Ranges. During the camel tour often you will see Australian animals like kangaroos and other native wildlife as you experience the true beauty of the Red Centre.
How to locate Pyndan Camel Tracks
Check reception at your accommodation for our brochure that has a map. If you have your own vehicle, it’s easy to find Pyndan Camel Tracks. We’re at 21259 Jane Rd, about 17 kilometres south west of Alice Springs. To get there, drive south on the Stuart Highway as if heading to the airport or Adelaide. Go through Heavitree Gap and, after 3 kilometres, turn right into Ilpara Road. It’s the second street on your right after the Gap and adjacent to Oldtimers Village on your left. Drive 10 kilometres and, just after Temple Bar Caravan Park and Wanngardi Park on the left, turn right into Jane Rd. Look for the Pyndan Camel Tracks sign on the corner of Ilparpa and Jane Rds. We’re the second driveway on the left. Look for the metal camel and signs! It should take you about 20 minutes from town. Leave town approximately half an hour before your ride’s departure.
When is Pyndan Camel Tracks open?
We are open during the afternoon camel tour times every day, Wednesday to Sunday.
How many people ride on each camel? Can kids ride a camel safely?
Our camels are tied in a ‘string’ or ‘camel train’ rather than free camel riding. Depending on the number of people on tour, one or two people will ride each camel. You get to choose your companion to ride with on camel back; our experienced cameleers will choose who sits in front or back for safety reasons. Although camels are quite tall, it is safe for children and their responsible adult will sit in the saddle seat behind a child. Children under 3 years old must sit on a parent’s lap.
Our one hour tour can take 1 to 14 riders.
Do you have weight or accessibility restrictions?
For your own safety it’s really important that you are able to comfortably mount and hold yourself seated on the camel. Therefore we do not recommend making a booking if you have ongoing back issues; are planning or recently had a hip replacement; if you are pregnant; if you cannot comfortable squat into a moderately low position or lift your leg up like you were getting onto a motor bike; or you cannot sit stably. We don’t have a weight restriction, however, sometimes buying 2 seats helps alleviate any anxiety and knowledge that a person gets the camel all to themselves.
Do you have a camel shop?
Yes, we have a souvenir shop where you can buy postcards of the camel you rode and other camel-themed souvenirs. You can also get tea or coffee.
Are there other camel tour operators in Alice Springs?
Pyndan Camel Tracks is the only company offering camel rides in Alice Springs.
What happens if there are cancellations? Are there terms and conditions?
Cancellations made within 7 days of booking arrival date incur a 100% cancellation fee. Cancellations made with more than 7 days notice incur an administration charge of 30% of total booking fee.
We encourage our customers to purchase travel insurance to cover any unforeseen circumstances.
If a situation beyond the control of Pyndan Camel Tracks arises, and Pyndan Camel Tracks have to cancel the tour, then a 100% refund applies. Don’t worry! Cancellations are very rare. Alice Springs is in a desert environment and the average annual rainfall is only around 200mm, if we get that! When it does rain or has been raining recently we’d have to cancel for safety reasons. Wet weather makes the track slippery and we value your comfort and the safety and nerves of our gentle camels—our ships of the desert. If we had to cancel, we will endeavour to contact you through your hotel or supplied contact number. Hopefully we could arrange another time for you to come on our scenic rides, or a special visit to pat our gentle giants.
We reserve the right to alter the times of tours or cancel tours without notice. Camels are hardy desert creatures but on rare occasions one of our hard workers can get sick. We usually have a spare camel, however, in case we don’t or the others are still in training, we want to make sure that your safety is paramount. Marcus has been training camels for decades and his camels are great!
We recommend that passengers reconfirm their booking at least 24–48 hours in advance by contacting Marcus Williams on the booking phone number: 0416 170 164. Don’t miss out on camel riding!
Refer to our Policies page for further details.
What camel tour companies do long treks?
Camel Treks Australia have extended camel-riding safaris both in the Far North Flinders Range of South Australia and international adventures in India, Mongolia, Turkey and Morocco.