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Camel racing is a popular pastime of Arab countries in the Middle East and North Africa, providing entertainment in harsh desert environments. Downunder, Australia's history of camel racing began in 1970 in the dry bed of the Todd River and went on to become an annual celebration in Alice Springs.
In more recent times, we've seen camel racing in Australia taking part not just in the desert but in rural and urban areas. NSW has seen events in places, such as Wagga Wagga, Forbes, Bulli and Gosford.
Penrith Paceway in Sydney's west is a popular club venue known for its entertainment that includes harness racing, a race that involves a horse pulling a driver in a sulky (aka a two-wheeled cart). They also hold an annual day of camel racing with plenty of fun for all ages.
Apart from watching camels race, one can partake in both camel and pony rides as part of the activities here and enjoy novelty races amongst Moo Poo Lotto and amusement rides. Specific children's activities will keep the young ones enthralled, shoppers will appreciate the market stalls and those fond of a tune or two can listen to music spun from DJs. Plenty of food vendors and bars will be onsite for you to immerse yourself in the experience further.
It's a great outing for the whole family and, if you've never seen this type of event before, you'll be making some wonderfully unique memories. General admission is just $20 per adult and $5 per child, 12yrs and over. Children under 12yrs are free. For a VIP experience at $100 per person, you can enjoy casual reserved seating, finger food, canapes, a beverage package, private restroom facilities, lucky door prizes and unrivalled views of the camel races. All tickets are available through TryBooking.