Quobba & Gnaraloo Stations, Red Bluff
Quobba and Gnaraloo Stations are at the southern end of the Ningaloo Marine Park. It’s really raw and rugged country side. Working sheep and goat stations, you can pretty much travel anywhere along the coastline to check it out. We went all the way up to Gnaraloo Bay, which was another stunning, protected bay with amazing snorkelling and I’m just saying, I think even prettier than Coral Bay…
Further down the coastline at Red Bluff there was some pretty good surf, where Mum got to play fun police again and benched (or is that beached?) our super keen little grommie. Apart from the fact that the water had shark written all over it, there was no chance I was going to let Ashton paddle off into the abyss.
We’ve seen plenty of whales while we’ve been travelling down the west coast, but I think Quobba Station has been our best so far. The station manager had put in a huge fire pit and some bench seating on the top of the dunes, looking out to the ocean. One night we lost count after watching about 25 whales breeching and playing right in front of us.
Driving around Quobba Station we were relieved not to see any more snakes, but did see the most enormous lizard we’ve seen. More Komodo Dragon than goanna, who knows exactly what it was. Let’s just say that no one was keen to wander too far from the camper on their own. After spending so much time in the top end and the Kimberleys, which is like travelling through the venomous snake exhibit at the zoo, we’ve been surprised that most of the snakes we’ve seen have been in sand dunes….again, everywhere in Australia there is always something that can kill you!