Carnarvon Visitor Centre

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Out of Town Attractions

NORTH OF CARNARVON

BLOWHOLES

Located 75 km north of Carnarvon along a sealed road, this natural phenomenon is an awe inspiring sight to see. Powerful ocean swells force water through sea caves causing jets of water to erupt into the air.

During the months of June-November it is also common to see whales frolicking off just of the coast as they make their yearly migration.

Although the coastline is beautiful parts of it can be deadly, with dangerous swells that can turn into king waves, capable of crashing over the top of the rock ledges. Visitors are advised to treat this coastline with an appropriate level of caution and care.

POINT QUOBBA

Following the road 1km south will take you to Point Quobba, a calm coral filled lagoon favoured by the locals for its sandy white beaches. This area is ideal for snorkelling and swimming or a great place for a picnic.

Camping sites are available with an overnight fee which is collected daily by a Shire of Carnarvon representative, maximum length of stay is 30 days. Please note campers will need to be fully self-contained with their own chemical toilet, water, firewood and supplies. Facilities include Boat Ramp (4WD), Waste Collection, Sullage Dump Point. Enquiries can be directed to Ranger Services on  (08) 9941 0000 OR 0408 942 945.

QUOBBA STATION

Quobba Station is located on the southern tip of the Ningaloo Reef Marine Park, north of Carnarvon, Western Australia.  It is a working pastoral station with 80km of coastline bordering the Indian Ocean. The Quobba experience includes land based game fishing, isolated beaches, world renowned surfing, snorkelling, whales and other abundant marine and wildlife on the arid outback landscape.

Your choice of accommodation ranges from camping or palm frond humpies, fishing shacks, cottages through to luxury eco safari tents on top of the Red Bluff cliffs.

Come, Enjoy, Relax and soak up the experience.

RED BLUFF

Red Bluff is located on Quobba Station and is one of Australia’s most spectacular, rugged, authentic and unique outback coastal working stations. Located 140km north of Carnarvon, Western Australia with 80km of dramatic coastline as its western boundary.

Oceanview Safari luxury tents will revitalise your body and mind in the tranquil surroundings of Red Bluff, immersing yourself in the turquoise waters, explore the abundant marine and wildlife, relax on the beach or surf the world renowned “Bluff Barrel”

End your days indulging in one of the worlds most majestic sunsets, followed by star gazing into the star filled desert sky. For more information on Quobba and Red Bluff you can also visit their website at www.quobba.com.au.

GNARALOO

Gnaraloo is a working pastoral station and wilderness tourism destination located 150km north of Carnarvon in the Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area. The area is popular for people wanting to enjoy activities such as snorkelling, swimming, diving, fishing and surfing away from the crowds during the day before settling in at either 3 Mile camp or at Gnaraloo’s accommodation facilities to relax and finish the day with a drink and a magical sunset.

The clear waters of the area offer great visability and easy access to marine sanctuary zones at Gnaraloo Bay and 3 Mile Lagoon perfect for swimming, snorkelling and diving.  

Snorkelling- With the Shire of Carnarvon being the southern gateway to the Ningaloo World Heritage area there are a number of spectacular snorkelling areas located along the coastline between Carnarvon and Coral Bay. Areas such as Point Quobba, the 3 mile Lagoon and Gnaraloo Bay offer visitors the opportunity to snorkel along reef systems with an abundance of sea life such as tropical fish and turtles that call the reef home.

Whale Watching-  The cliffs along the northern stretch of coastline offer the ideal platform to view humpback whales of the coast during their annual migration which takes place from June to November. Visitors are often left in awe while viewing these gentle giants breaching out at sea from popular spots such as the Blowholes, Quobba Station, Red Bluff and Gnaraloo.

Surfing- The coastal strip from Carnarvon to Gnaraloo offers some impressive surfing locations for those with experience on their side.

Where the desert meets the coast. The Bluff is world renowned surfing with waves ranging from 1ft to 8ft with a monster left hand reef break. Better surfing months are May through to August. Other surfing spots along the Quobba coastline include
17mile and the Blowholes – remember to check weather sites for swells.

The coastline along Gnaraloo boasts some world class waves at locations such as Tombstones, however most are recommended for experienced surfers only. The waves and reef can be rough and being a remote location it is important that people know their limits.

Fishing- Quobba Station has a reputation as one of Australia’s longest stretches of coastline for land based game fishing.Try ballooning, spinning, bottom bouncing, salt water fly and spear fishing along the 80kms of harsh, jagged and unpredictable coastline that is Quobba’s western boundary.

Warroora Station

Sits to the north of Gnaraloo and south of Coral Bay the station can be accessed from the Minilya/Exmouth Road. Situated on the Ningaloo Reef, with pristine beaches, an abundance of wildlife and marine life. Warroora offers something for everyone- fishing, swimming, snorkelling, surfing, bird watching or simply relax in an outback setting.

SOUTH OF CARNARVON

GLADSTONE BEACH

Gladstone beach is located 160km south of Carnarvon and is home to masses of dugongs that graze in the seagrass beds located in the area and can often be spotted in the waters near the old jetty ruins.

Nature based camping is available at Gladstone with a nominal fee provided to the honorary ranger on site. The road into Gladstone is unsealed and road conditions should be confirmed prior to using the road after heavy rain.

EAST OF CARNARVON

ROCKY POOL

Fresh water pool located 55km east of Carnarvon on the Gascoyne Junction Road. This location is renowned for attracting wildlife, particularly birdlife and is ideal for a picnic, a stroll or a short day trip. Camping is not permitted at this location.

Rocky Pool

GASCOYNE JUNCTION

A country town located 164km east of Carnarvon and the gateway to the Kennedy Range and Mount Augustus national parks. With Shire office and fuel available the town services the pastoral and tourism industries. The small population of the town is rebuilding after the devastating 2010 floods and is expected to welcome new accommodation in the form of a Tourist Park and air conditioned cabins along with a tavern, service station and playground facility in 2013.

The Shire of Upper Gascoyne also hosts a number of events throughout the year such as the Junction Cup, Gascoyne River Music Festival and Landor Races. More information on these events can be found on the events page of the Carnarvon Visitor Centre website or by visiting the Shire of Upper Gascoyne website.

KENNEDY RANGE NATIONAL PARK

Situated 230km inland from Carnarvon the Kennedy Range National Park stretches out over 75km in length and are a result of millions of years of erosion where the natural force of winds, rains and movement of the earth’s crust have combined to etch out valleys and create remarkable cliff faces.

There are several walk trails that take visitors through particularly scenic sections of the national park. Visitors in August and September will also be treated with a range of beautiful wildflowers burst into colour. The national park allows camping in designated camping areas.

The Kennedy Range is one of the Gascoyne’s most impressive rock formations and is an ideal day trip option from Carnarvon for those looking for an outback experience. It allows time to do some of the shorter walk trails, have a picnic and possibly explore the small outback town of Gascoyne Junction, before returning to Carnarvon in the afternoon.

MOUNT AUGUSTUS NATIONAL PARK

Located 460km east of Carnarvon is one of the most popular inland destinations in the area. Mount Augustus is the world’s largest monocline and looms 750 metres above its surrounding landscape and can be seen from 160 kilometres away. The rock itself, which culminates in a small peak on a plateau, is about eight kilometres long and covers an area of 4,795 hectares. About twice the size of Uluru it is the biggest ‘rock’ in the world.

Walk trails to the top of the rock will allow visitors to see a range of fascinating geological formations, aboriginal rock paintings and engravings, and an abundance of animal and bird-life.  Accommodation and facilities are available close by the national park.

From Carnarvon, turn off the North West Coastal highway and travel 173 km east to Gascoyne Junction on a sealed road. There are two roads you can take from Gascoyne Junction, one via the Kennedy Range National Park and the other further east and then north both of these roads are unsealed. The Shire of Upper Gascoyne (located at Gascoyne Junction) will be able to advice travellers which of the two roads are in the best condition for travel.

For more information on any of the attractions listed please contact the Visitor Centre staff on (08) 99411 146 or at info@carnarvon.org.au for additional information.

Mount Augustus

21 Robinson Street, CARNARVON WA 6701

Phone: (08) 9941 1146

Fax: (08) 9941 1149

info@carnarvon.org.au

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