The camel racing season kicks off in Outback Queensland on the second weekend in July. Camels are brought in to compete from all over Australia beginning with a two-day Bedourie event (second weekend in July), followed by a three-day festival in Boulia (third weekend in July) and ending with a one-day event in Winton (last weekend in July).
Camel racing is a serious international sport in some countries and its origins can be traced back to the early Islamic period in the seventh century. In Australia, camel races have had quite a rich history since the late nineteenth century however it wasn’t until 1990 that the sport gained real exposure in Australia. The Boulia Camel Races is home to the longest camel race in Australia at 1500 metres.