Golden Nugget came flat-chat but fallumphing over the finishing line last Saturday to steal the Uluru Camel Cup back from last year’s winner, Tex...
But somehow, even the power and speed of these contradictorily elegant and ungainly, slightly frothy speedsters seemed like a sideshow.
For the camel cup weekend at Yulara is about locals getting together, visitors mixing in; about outback fashion and goodwill; about charity and community.
“It’s really about people coming together and uniting,” says organiser Chris Hill.
The biggest interstate contingent is surely from WA — as we at West Travel Club partnered with Holidays of Australia’s NT Now to take 62 readers-and-friends to the camel cup. The trip included a charter flight direct from Perth to Uluru’s airport, two nights of TLC (rather appropriately) at The Lost Camel hotel, guided touring of Uluru and Kata Tjuta and NT Now’s experienced host and tour manager Jim Wren there throughout to help.
There’s entry to the Uluru Camel Cup, its camel bidding night and ball, $100 to spend, and, rather helpfully, a West Travel Club VIP Priority Lane at the bar.
On Saturday, five qualifying races were followed by a “dash for cash”, a plate race and then the big one, the Uluru Camel Cup.
The camels race around a horseshoe track, with Uluru omnipresent on the horizon, peaking over a red dune, through desert oaks. The camel dashes are interspersed with good, old-fashioned sack and wheel barrow races, and, with a $50 cash prize on the line, the competition is hot among the kids trying to throw the most camel dung into a bucket.
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