Off To Alice Springs For Camel Cup 2017

2017 is off to a great start, but maybe its time for a little holiday. Whether you need a break from work, time to relax and have fun with your special someone, or the space to reconnect with your kids; the Camel Cup 2017 in Alice Springs is the place to go!

An fun and easy way to experience everything that Alice Springs and the Camel Cup have to offer is by hiring a campervan.  By renting a safe and affordable campervan for your Camel Cup adventure you can enjoy travelling at your own pace, decked out with the best amenities from leading campervan brands. How convenient is that! Plus, you can organise your entire trip easily and without stress using online booking tools.

What are you waiting for? Choose a campervan hire to get going on a fun, exciting, adventurous and budget friendly holiday at the 2017 Camel Cup in Alice Springs!

What is the Camel Cup?

"Alice Springs Camel Cup" BY Cazz via flickr.com/photos/cazzjj/19826848069 under a Creative Commons Attribution Public Domain

The Camel Cup is an annual racing event held in Alice Springs, Northern Territory. Every year, the Apex Club of Central Australia organizes a fun-filled festival of camel races, hobby camel rides, special events, market stalls, and local foods. The Camel Cup is mainly used as a fundraiser for community groups and charities.

The very first Camel Cup race was in 1970, but back then it wasn’t a main event. Rather, it was a friendly bet between Noel Fullerton and Keith Mooney-Smith. The friends decided to settle a long-standing feud by racing their camels at the Alice Springs’ centenary year event.

While the men never intended the race to draw so much attention, it ended up being so entertaining that the local Lions Club decided to make it its own special annual event!

The Camel Cup found its permanent home in 1979 when the Noel Fullerton Camel Racing Arena was built. Located in Blatherskite Park, the arena is the only camel-racing venue in the entire southern hemisphere.

With the help of the Lions Club of Alice Springs and the Apex Club of Central Australia, the Camel Cup has supported local groups in need for over 40 years.

Why Should You Go?

Besides the obvious draw of getting to watch saddled “ships of the desert” racing around a track, the Camel Cup offers lots of other fun and exciting activities for the entire family.

From belly dancers and hobby camel rides, to Mr. and Mrs. Camel Cup Challengers, and rickshaw races, you will not be at a loss for things to do. A crowd favourite is the Honeymoon Handicap race, in which husbands on camels must stop and pick up their brides before crossing the finish line.

"Pre-race nerves at the Alice Springs Camel Cup" BY Cazz via flickr.com/photos/cazzjj/20210028112 under a Creative Commons Public Domain

The camel race itself, however, is still the biggest event. Camels are famously volatile, and can prove incredibly hard to handle. While that complicates things for the riders, it certainly spices up the race for the spectators.

Only professional riders and their personal camels can enter the race. The winner receives the Gold Camel Cup and a cash prize.

How Do You Get There?

Travelling to Alice Springs in the Northern Territory by road is easy, especially if you have a great campervan hire and are ready to enjoy the “getting there” part of the trip.

If you’re coming from Queensland, the easiest route is via the Barkly Highway from Mt. Isa. The entire route is fully sealed and you’ll find interesting scenery and tourist hotspots along the way.

To get to Alice Springs from South Australia, use the Stuart Highway. It takes you right through the major parts of Alice Springs.

If you’re travelling from Western Australia, you can come from the Butine or Victoria Highways to the north, and the Tanami Road from the South.

If you’re looking for even more adventure on your way to the Camel Cup, check out some of the tourist drives all around the Northern Territory. Each individual road boasts a special theme or attraction to keep your road trip interesting.

Just because you’re on a holiday doesn’t mean you need to be silly! Be sure to familiarise yourself with all the local road rules and regulations before you go to ensure you have a safe and memorable trip.

Where Do You Stay?

There are lots of convenient and affordable places to stay in your campervan for the duration of your holiday. The following campsites are not only close to Blatherskite Park, but are also highly rated on top travel sites:

G’Day Mate Tourist Park
BIG4 MacDonnell Range Holiday Park
Alice Springs Tourist Park
Gemtree Cabins and Caravan Park
Kings Creek Station

Contact each park for more information on availability and rates, or search Campstay for other parks in the area.

What Else Does Alice Springs Offer?

There are plenty of things to do and see in Alice Springs if you want to extend your stay beyond the Camel Cup. Alice Springs is chock full of gorgeous landscapes, unique history, isolated communities and interesting nature.

Check out the Larapinta Trail for over 223 kilometres of hiking through stunning scenery, or jump in a hot air balloon for breathtaking views of the West MacDonnell Ranges. Alice Springs also has an incredible collection of Aboriginal art galleries ready for your perusal.

Come on, what are you waiting for? Hop in a Apollo Camper and head over to Alice Springs for Camel Cup 2017!

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