July 31st, 2023

Quobba Station

Quobba Station is located about 10 hours north of Perth and could best be known as for its blow holes and the sign as you drive in.

Quobba Station Location

King Waves Kill

Driving from Carnarvon you make your way west from the North West Coast Highway along the fittingly named Blow Holes Road. About half way along you pass over salt flats and at the end you are greeted with a T-junction and the famous sign.

Turning left you can find the spectacular blow holes and a free camping area. 

The highlight here for us is the stunning snorkelling spot, the “Aquarium”. We stopped here for lunch and then spent a good couple of hours snorkelling. The bay provides protection and there is an ocean current that assists floating from the north end to south. The snorkelling here was better than straight off the beach at Coral Bay and felt safe.

Selfie at The Blow Holes

Northwards there is Quobba Station, Red Bluff and Gnarloo. They are all accessible via a corrugated road and I would recommend dropping your tire pressures to about 25 PSI and sticking to 60-70km/hr (this is what I recommend for any corrugation).

Quobba Station is a working station and the property includes Red Bluff. I am pretty sure Gnarloo has a different owner. You can stay in all 3 places with various types of accommodation available. We chose an unpowered site at Quobba and it was perfect for us. The toilet and shower block was rustic but fancy at the same time.

Our site at Quobba

The beach at Quobba is not good for swimming but it was great for an evening walk and the sunset was stunning. We had plenty of fun exploring and collecting shells

The beach at Quobba Station

You can light fires on the campsites and they sell firewood if you need it. During our stay we had no issues with noisy people, though when we checked in we were told where they could be located.

A fire at night

Red Bluff was a 40min drive north of Quobba and was a tricky drive in. I would not recommend for big caravans unless you are happy with tight corners. We visited for lunch and had a wood fired pizza. The flies were beyond anything like we experienced anywhere on our travels so we ate the pizza in the car. I would love to camp here at some stage.

Views at Red Bluff

Heading north again you make your way to Gnarloo Station and Gnarloo beach. We had planned to go snorkelling based on a recommendation from the receptionist at Quobba but we could not figure where to swim in. We did swim and stayed for an hour or so enjoying the spot with very few people around. I would recommend either staying here or visiting when in the area.

I highly recommend visiting and staying in this part of WA. If you are happy with less amenities and being self sufficient it beats out Coral Bay as a destination in my opinion.