Meet our beautiful camels
Yes, that's right... our very own 'Alice the Camel!' Named after Alice Springs and also the popular children's song, "Alice the camel"! Alice was caught from the Simpson Desert in Central Australia and brought to Broome in 2007. We trained Alice here at Red Sun Camels in early 2011. She is a real princess and one of only seven females in the camel train. A very good worker, although talkative as passengers get on. Alice is a very small female, but robust and strong for her size!
Bully is an extremely affectionate camel. He comes from Boulia in Queensland, hence his name. Bully can be very head-shy at times but when he builds his confidence with you, he is your friend for life! Bully can always be picked out in the yard due to his thick, curly coat and big inquisitive eyes. One of our many camels trained to free ride. Bully loves nothing more than a run with his friends on the beach and in the sand dunes.
Captured as a young bull camel in the Northern Territory. Burke was then trucked to Broome and trained here at Red Sun Camels. Burke arrived in Broome in April 2013 along with Ned, Chris, Lofty and Wills. It is thought that Burke and Wills are brothers! Burke is a very calm and relaxed camel that takes everything in his stride. Although young, Burke is one of our biggest camels and is a big softy!
Chris loves to drink water from a bottle! Captured as a young bull in the Northern Territory. Chris is our darkest and blackest camel. Chris arrived in Broome in April 2013, with Ned. Chris is also affectionately called 'fatty' because he didn't lose any weight on his big trip from South Australia to Broome. All the other camels on the trip lost weight... and it seemed as through Chris gained weight!
A reflection of where his head is at most of the time. In the clouds! Originally from the Ayers Rock area, Cloud was captured near Curtain Springs. This camel was walked from Curtain Springs Station near Alice Springs to Broome in April-June 2005 by two adventurers. He was accompanied by Wun, Jabby and the lead camel on the trip, named Bully. Cloud, Wun, and Jabby are all believed to be sired by the same bull camel.
Coco is one of only a few camels that like to go into the ocean! Coco is adptly named given the beautiful dark colour of her coat. She came with Jerry Hall and Wangai from Whalesong, a family operated campground / cafe, situated 170km north of Broome. A massive female (bigger than most of the male camels!!!) who knows how to use her weight! Coco is one of only seven female camels working in the train and the strongest female we have.
Harley is an inquisitive camel who loves attention! Harley came to Broome in November 2009, from Alice Springs. He had been working with Aboriginal youth conducting desert safaris and he also worked doing tours out to Ayre Rocks. His first visit to Cable Beach was rather interesting as he had obviously never seen the ocean before! He has now settled into the Broome way of life and is a valued member of the Red Sun team. His name comes from his previous owner who had a passion for Harleys!
Originally from the Ayers Rock area. Jabby was captured by Red Sun Camels. Jabby, along with Cloud and Wun was walked from Curtain Springs Station near Alice Springs to Broome in April-June 2005 by two adventurers. The trek took about ten weeks through the Tanami Desert.
Prior to coming to Broome he used to work near Uluru. Jacko came to Broome in March 2009, he was originally caught in the wild near Alice Springs. Even though it was the first time he had even seen the ocean, he didn't take him long to get used to it and he now loves his new Cable Beach lifestyle! Jacko is a very obedient camel and very gentle at heart. He is another of our racing camels, and as such a popular choice with staff when going on a free ride.
Jerry Hall is named after the famous super model. Our Jerry Hall has gorgeous long legs just like the model! Jerry came to Broome with Coco and Wangai, from Whalesong Camels. She has worked in a few different places around Australia, but is happily settled with her new family in Broome. Jerry is slightly blind in her left eye due to cataracts and is very cautious of her surroundings. A beautiful looking camel, with a lovely nature and loved by all that work with her.
Kabul is the 'boss' camel. He was the lead camel of three, who completed the first east to west crossing of the Australian. The camels were walked by adventurer David Mason in 1998, and the trek took seven months to walk the 5500kms. Kabul took over the "boss" role soon after arriving at Red Sun Camels in 1999, and commands great respect from all the camels. As the head of the herd he has the biggest belly and a bit of an arrogant attitude, but an amazing camel.
Khan was named after an early Afghan cameleer. Khan was caught from the wild in Queensland and arrived in Broome as a wild untrained bull camel. Khan had never seen the beach before, however he has taken his new surrounding in his stride. A fantastic working camel, very relaxed and nothing fazes him.
Lofty arrived in Broome wild and untrained! He arrived in 2013, along with Burke, Chris, Ned and Wills. Still a young camel, however given time to settle into his new home he will eventually lead the camel train up and down the beach. As his name suggests he is 'of imposing height'and is the tallest camel in Broome! Whilst a large camel, Lofty is very calm, rleaxed and really just a big softy - he just loves attention and pats.
Matilda is our smallest female camel. She always has a big smile on her face! Matilda was saved from an abattoir in the Northern Territory. The person that saved her, saw a sparkle in her eye and decided to rescue her. She started tours in South Australia (Victor Harbour) before heading to Broome. A very talkative little girl, with a lovable droopy lip!
He came from a station in Mulga Park. Ned arrived in Broome in April 2013 as a wild camel. He is named in honour of the iconic bush ranger 'ned kelly' as our Ned is a bit of a rogue too! Ned is a beautiful, friendly and affectionate camel, who has just discovered how delicious carrots are!
Rocket Rodney! Rodney is our best racing camel. He has competed in several of the Alice Springs camel cups, and winning both the 2013 Broome camel races and 2014 Broome Camel Cup, hence his nickname 'Rocket Rodeny' He arrived in Broome in April 2011 and prior to this worked taking tourists for rides out to Ayres Rock. Rodney can be a cheeky chappy at times - look for the little glint in his eye!
Tiny is originally from Western Simpson Desert. He was bound for export to Malaysia for human consumption, when good fortune saw the ship run aground prior to loading. On his return to the station he was purchased by Red Sun Camels and taken to Curtain Springs station before going onto Broome. He arrived wild and untrained, but is now a big baby. Our strongest and biggest camel, thus his name - 'Tiny'. Tiny is very hard working with a beautiful nature.
Tonku is a little bit cheeky! As one of our younger camels he was always up to mischief... trying to get out of his ropes, stealing carrots or escaping from his yard (because the grass is always greener, as the saying goes!) For Tonku it's all about food! He came to Red Sun Camels, from Yanchep Stable as a wild bull camel. In October 2008 he started working on Cable Beach and although one of the younger camels, he was quick to learn and is now one of the strongest and most hardworking came
Wangai's name is derived from an acacia plant. It is found widely around the Kimberley region. Wangai is a very confident cheeky camel, who sometimes leads the camels on the tours when Zara has the day off. He even has his own ropes, as he likes to chew them... that and the tail of the camel in front! He loves attention and pats, and despite his very subborn nature at times, takes a great photo! Watch out because Wangai loves the water!!!
A funny camel who loves drinking from hose. Wun was originally from the Ayers Rock area and along with Cloud and Jabby were brought by Red Sun Camels. He was walked from Curtain Springs Station near Alice Springs to Broome in April-June 2005 by two adventurers. He was accompanied by Cloud, Jabby and the lead camel on the trip, named Bully. Cloud, Wun, and Jabby are all believed to be sired by the same bull camel. Aptly named, as he was always the 'one' that was hard to catch in the yard!
Zara is another of our fantastic female camels. Zara is originally from Tasmania, where she spent some time doing tours on Bruny Island, near Hobart. Zara then worked as a lead camel at Western Plains Zoo in NSW and she has also spent some time at Victor Harbour Beach with some of our other camels doing tours, before coming to Broome. Although a female camel, Zara is still remarkably strong for her size. She loves to lead the Red Sun Camels up the beach.