Quobba Station

Spanning 80 kilometres of Indian Ocean coastline on the southern tip of the Ningaloo Reef Marine Park, Quobba Station is a working pastoral station beside the striking cliffs of Red Bluff. It’s one of the most famous outback station stays in Western Australia for world-class game fishing, surfing and snorkelling. Quobba camping facilities and accommodation options range from swags under the stars, fish shacks and cottages to luxury eco safari tents on the clifftop. 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.

The word 'Quobba' is an aboriginal word (originating in the Perth area) for "good".

Red Bluff

Red Bluff is an absolute must for anyone seeking pure tranquility, amazing scenery, picturesque landscape and a chance to sink yourself into a truly natural atmosphere. The irridescent hues of the Indian Ocean provide a perfect backdrop for where the desert meets the sea, allowing an array of watersports to be enjoyed by all including, surfing, fishing, snorkelling and swimming or just simply relax on the beach and let your cares drift away with the tide. Red Bluff has a camping site.

Point Quobba blowholes

Point Quobba Blowholes make for an awesome display when powerful jets of water are pushed as high as 20m into the air through holes in the costal rocks. The area is popular with fishers and surfers and small fishing boats are usually moored off the beach. There is a righthand surf break that wraps around the point straight off the beach.

One kilometre south of the blowholes, lies a splendid beach, protected by a coral reef. A small pool adjacent to the island contains tropical fish and shells, and is a marine sanctuary. Oysters can be prised from the rocks, and crays can be found amongst the reef. The clear waters are ideal for diving and for watching the marine life.

Point Quobba Lighthouse

The Quobba light is a wonderful example of how various elements of a lighthouse can be recycled. When the lighthouse was first constructed in 1950, it used the original stairway and lantern from the Point Cloates Lighthouse. This lantern in turn had earlier been used in the Cape Wickham Lighthouse, Tasmania. Originally built in 1860, the lens is on loan to the WA Maritime Museum but is not currently on show to the public.

Gnaraloo Station

Surfers come from all corners of the planet to test their skills against the size and power of the waves at Gnaraloo Station, providing spectators with a thrilling spectacle. In summer, the consistent South Westerly winds make it one of the world’s top destinations for kitesurfing and windsurfing too. For serious anglers, this is one of WAs best fishing spots, providing the only access between Carnarvon and Coral Bay for larger boats. And for snorkellers of all abilities, this stunning coastline is rich in marine life. Gnaraloo camping at 3 Mile Camp puts you right on the beach. You can also stay at the homestead in self-contained accommodation, or lay a swag under the stars. Gnaraloo Station is to the north of Quobba Station.

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Where is it?

Red Bluff Quobba Station is located on the southern end of the Ningaloo Reef Marine Park, around 70km north north of Carnarvon on the Blowholes Road.

Cape Cuvier

Cape Cuvier is a picturesque natural port close to the most westerly point of Australia, and roughly midway between Quobba and Red Bluff. Salt is stockpiled and a wharf provides mooring for bulk carriers, but this is all off limits to the public. From high up on the sixty metre cliff, in the winter months, you can see whales and sharks pass by feeding on the schools of fish. Dampier Salt operates three separate salt operations in the hot, dry climate of Western Australia  which is a region ideal for solar salt production. Salt is stockpiled at Cape Cuvier, and a wharf provides mooring for bulk carriers, but this is all off limits to the public. Cape Cuvier is also utilised for shipment of Gypsum.

Korean Star shipwreck

The bulk carrier Korean Star grounded in the vicinity of Cape Cuvier on 20 May 1988 as a result of cyclonic weather conditions, which caused it to drag its anchor. The Korean Star sailed from Hong Kong on 11 May 1988 in ballast with 19 crew aboard. While anchored off Cape Cuvier, she dragged her anchors as a result of cyclonic weather conditions and was wrecked on 20 May 1988.

The vessel was declared a constructive total loss after it broke in two following the grounding. The MV Korean Star Wreck lies about 56 metres off the coast. A short, steep and sandy track leads to the base of the cliff and the remains of the wreck of the Korean Star, though little can be seen today.

HMAS Sydney wreck

The HMAS Sydney was sunk on 19 November 1941 after a battle with the disguised German raider Kormoran. On 24 November, after a number of unsuccessful attempts to contact the ship, a wide sea and air search was organised. Other than two lifebelts and a Carley float, no trace of the Sydney was found. Two days later, survivors of the Kormoran provided the first definite account of the Sydney's fate. Further interrogation of the raider's crew enabled Australian authorities to piece together the details of the battle. With many rumours circulating, the Prime Minister confirmed on 1 December that the Sydney had been lost. Sydney was located off the coast of Western Australia to the west of Steep point, on 17 March 2008 just after 11:00, only hours after Kormoran's discovery was made public. The main memorial for the loss of Sydney is located at Geraldton, Western Australia, on top of Mount Scott. A mrmorial cairn was erected on Quobba Station in November 1981 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the battle .

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