Camel safari on Cable Beach in Broome, Australia

All photos: Josh Janssen/500px

The sun sets on a herd of camels carrying tourists across the sun-kissed shore of Cable Beach in Broome, Australia. Led by self-proclaimed camel lady Alison Bird, the sunset camel safaris are offered multiple times throughout the day, with the sunset tour being the most spectacular.

Native to the Middle East and Northern Africa, camels were first introduced in Australia in the 19th century as a means of transportation, but they were quickly replaced by cars when the 1930s rolled around. It didn't take long for many camels to escape or be released into the wilds of the outback, where they became feral. Today, it's estimated that there are more than 300,000 wild camels living in Australia.

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Camel safari on Cable Beach in Broome, Australia
 
Camel safari on Cable Beach in Broome, Australia
 
Camel safari on Cable Beach in Broome, Australia
 
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