The Camel Cup wraps up

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Painikan and jockey Summah O'Callaghan wins the Memorial Plate race at the Uluru Camel Cup.
Camera IconPainikan and jockey Summah O'Callaghan wins the Memorial Plate race at the Uluru Camel Cup. Credit: Mogens Johansen/The West Australian

For some West Travel Club Gold members, the excitement of travelling to the Red Centre had begun with a phone call to let them know that they had won two spots on our trip to Uluru, Kata Tjuta and the Camel Cup.

For the rest of us, it began in earnest as we boarded a charter flight direct to Ayers Rock Airport.

This in itself is unusual, as there are no scheduled flights between Perth and Uluru — you have to transit through Alice Springs, at best.

But our partners Holidays of Australia’s NT Now schedules Alliance Airlines planes for their successful Uluru weekends. Last weekend, we had 62 readers-and-friends with us.

After landing and lunching at Sails in the Desert, we were off on a coach tour with good guides, to get do a lap of Uluru, and hear some of its story.

That evening we headed out to the Uluru Camel Cup, where there was bidding on the camels that would take part in the Saturday races.

And then there we were, on Saturday, at the races themselves, with Uluru in the background, and plenty of fun in the foreground.

On Sunday, we walked Walpa Gorge in Kata Tjuta, before lunch and a didgeridoo performance, and the charter flight home.

And that is one very exciting weekend.

The full story will be published in Travel in The West Australian on Saturday.

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