Quobba

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Quobba is located 84km northwest of Carnarvon on a stunning part of the Western Australian coastline. There is much to explore along the 68km track between Quobba and Gnaraloo. It’s an absolute scenic delight and known as a fisherman’s haven as well as a surfer’s paradise. This fabulous spot will appeal to the outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy camping under the stars, wetting a line, riding a wave and appreciating the magnificent natural beauty this rugged and sandy coastline has to offer.

The turnoff to this piece of paradise is 24km north of Carnarvon, off the North West Coastal Highway. The track is generally suited to four-wheel drive vehicles, however, we encountered several backpacker vans along the way. Two-wheel drives just need to take it really easy, grin and bear the corrugations and realise they can’t access any tracks into the dunes, although still have access to some coastal fishing spots and beautiful beaches, including Quobba, Red Bluff and Gnaraloo.

Arriving from the access road at the coast there is an appropriate warning sign, “King Waves Kill!” Take serious note of the warning as it is there for a reason. The unpredictable seas in this area have taken the lives of fishermen fishing too close to the water or retrieving their catch on the coastal cliffs and rocks. Rock fishermen are strongly advised to invest in an inflatable safety vest and even a harness when fishing these waters.

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At the “King Waves Kill” T-junction, you have the choice of heading left to the Blowholes, which is just 400m along, or right towards Quobba Homestead some 8km on.

quobba-blowholes-fish Camping is permitted at the Blowholes Reserve which is not far from Point Quobba and has an absolutely stunning beach with calm protected waters, magnificent snorkelling opportunities amongst the coral reef with amazing brightly coloured fish of many species and of course the blow holes. Camping is just $5.50 per site per day payable to the onsite ranger. You basically park up on the gravel area beside the coast, which is level ground and suitable for motorhomes,caravans and camper trailers. There are toilet facilities, however, no rubbish facilities or water is available. Dogs are permitted on lead. If time permits we highly recommend spending a day or so here snorkelling the shallow waters and enjoying the magnificent marine display before or after exploring the rest of the area.

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Quobba Station and Homestead Beach are 8km north of the Blowholes Reserve. Quobba is purely a fishing camp with powered and unpowered bush camps, some shelters, shacks and cabins, however there is not much natural shade for self-sufficient campers so come prepared. The station provides an amenities block with showers and toilet facilities, which are also available to non-homestead campers for a small fee. There is also a small convenience store open between 10am and 4pm, selling bait and tackle, souvenirs, drinks and icecreams. Mackerel are the common catch of the day off the rocks here so hopefully you’ll find the fish cleaning station useful and frequent it often!

Half way between Quobba and Red Bluff (the other main camping area which is some 52km on), are Garth’s Rock and Camp Rock, both renowned fishing spots, however, potentially life threatening due to the possible swell and waves.

Garth’s Rock is a rock platform 4 metres above sea level with a steep descent and strenuous ascent to and from. The deep and treacherous waters here have taken lives in the past and there is a memorial plaque questioning fishermen contemplating wetting a line here… “Is fishing from here worth your life? Tragically these people lost theirs.” Think carefully about this spot, some keen anglers do fish here in ideal conditions, however there are safer areas for fishing off the rocks along the coast. The Department of Fisheries provides life-rings for emergency situations at many of these locations, including Garth’s Rock.

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Another of these areas equipped with a life-ring is Camp Rock, which is a rocky coastal area just north of Garth’s Rock and is the position where the Korean Star shipwreck remains are washed up. A relatively steep four-wheel drive track descends to the wreck and fishing spot. You can fish from the rocks and a life-ring is stationed here, however you still need to exercise caution and examine conditions carefully prior to and during fishing activities. Watch the ocean constantly and don’t turn your back on it as king waves occur here. It may appear calm but larger than average waves often occur more than 20 minutes apart. Be extra cautious on a rising tide as previously dry areas will go under water. Many recreational fishermen have lost their lives along the Quobba coastine. Your own safety is your own responsibility, at this fishing spot and the many others here.

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Red Bluff is the next main camp ground heading north. The access track is 10km in off the main drag and the motto here is “nature at its rawest and most beautifully inspiring.” The scenery is remarkable and the camp sites offer outstanding views of the bluff, the point and the brilliant blue ocean. Campers need to register and pay at the caretaker’s homestead which is up the end towards the sandy beach. Camp sites on the coastal cliffs, with pit toilets and some with shade cost $12 per person per night and dogs are permitted in designated areas. There are also bush shacks and safari tents available for hire which are great for families and fishing parties. The fishing here is of course fabulous and common catches are Spangled Emperor, Tailor, Mackerel and Trevally. The swimming and surfing here is also spot on, especially catching waves off the Red Bluff Point. Surfers and fishermen alike will find Red Bluff and surrounds absolute paradise.

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North of Red Bluff is a coastal drive towards Gnaraloo, the turnoff is 4.8km from the Red Bluff caretakers’ residence and the track stretches some 30km to Gnaraloo Bay. There are many tracks pulling into the coast along the way finding glorious beaches, stunning headlands and coastal cliffs.

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Turtles Sanctuary is a marine conservation area and non-fishing zone however the surf is superb. The track takes you through the stark white sand dunes to a beautiful stretch of coastline and pumping waves.

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Further north is Eagle Bluff which is characterised by its Gascoyne orange cliffs with beautiful blue seas of reefs and troughs and aqua green sand patches. It is good fishing ground here out of the sanctuary zone.

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3 Mile Camp is another camp ground located in the 3 Mile Sanctuary zone. There is a caretaker on site, toilet block and bush camp sites with coastal views. The picturesque coastline is a haven for marine life and the sanctuary offers the perfect viewing point of all the fish action below. You can see all sorts of species such as Bluebone Groper, Shovelnose Sharks, Stingrays, Parrotfish and brightly assorted fish of brilliant blues and greens. There is an absolute abundance of them, not available for the taking though! There is a protected lagoon here perfect for snorkelling and admiring the ocean floor up close.

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Gnaraloo Station is at the end of the track and offers accommodation in a variety of cabins, lodges and cabanas which are available for swag camping or for campervans to park next to. This working pastoral station also offers work to travellers who may have to work up a sweat but what better scenic environment to be earning a few dollars and then enjoying the fabulous Gnarlaoo Bay after hours. Gnaraloo Station Homestead is accessible to guests only, however visitors are welcome to drive through to reach the magnificent Gnaraloo Bay just 7km further along.

Gnaraloo Bay is simply serene and pristine to say the least. This sweeping bay of crisp white sand and crystal clear blue-green water is a waterlover’s, sightseer’s and anyone’s paradise. You can swim, snorkel, windsurf, sunbake, or sit back under the beach shelter and watch the waves break on the Ningaloo Reef in the distance. Gnaraloo Bay is absolute bliss.

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This Quobba-Gnaraloo region is pure scenic, surfing and fishing heaven. There are such a variety of species sought after and caught along this stunning and varying coastline. Mackerel, Spangled Emperor, Bluebone, Shark, Tuna, Sailfish, Cobia, Trevally, Queenfish, Groper, Pink Snapper and Tailor to name a few.

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Ballooning is a popular form of fishing here and Quobba is well known for it. Anglers attach a manually blown or gassed up balloon as a float and the offshore wind floats it further out to sea, thus enabling them to target pelagic fish. Sounds like a new challenge and a lot of fun doesn’t it!

So fishing, surfing and four-wheel driving enthusiasts…Quobba awaits. Whether you are travelling between Carnarvon and Coral Bay or dedicate a trip especially to explore here, Quobba-Gnaraloo is well worth a visit.

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