CORAL COAST SOUTH- WILD AND WINDY
Trip Start Oct 05, 2009
322Trip End Oct 31, 2013
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MONDAY OCTOBER 11, 2010
JOURNEY: Cape Range, Exmouth, Carnarvon- 445 kms and Pt Quobba
MILEAGE: 272000 KMS
WEATHER: 23 degrees @ 7am; mid 30's by noon. Sunny, blue sky!
ACCOMOMATION: Coral Coast Holiday Park $28pn- no power.
Quobba Reserve Camp ground – FREE
We didn’t really get on the road until midday after stopping at Exmouth, and it was a long straight monotonous road trip so we decided to go to Carnarvon late afternoon instead of checking out the camping at Point Quobba.
Carnarvon is 900 kms north of Perth on the Coral Coast; population 7000, a centre of fruit and vegetable plantations and a thriving fishing industry. The huge 764 km long Gascoyne River is dry when we see it so we guess the lush acreage is watered from artesian water!!
The Coral Coast Holiday Park has just received a rush of campervans when we arrive but there are plenty of empty sites as school holidays are over and the grey nomads are already heading south as summer approaches. We are happy to catch up with Patrick and Sarah from Cape Range briefly and a lovely family we had met in Karijini who had decided to stay in Carnarvon with jobs until December; the kids were smartly dressed in school uniforms for their first day at school in a long time! We have met many families educating their kids on the road!
The town is not too special so we did what we had to do and then headed 70 kms north to Point Quobba and the Blowholes. The very powerful ocean here drives water 20 metres into the air through narrow holes in the cliffs and makes an impressive event. It is extremely windy here and warnings about "killer waves" as well as a plaque set in the ground as a monument to a person taken by the huge seas.
We explored the area and set ourselves up on a solid spot on the shore at the Pt Quobba camp ground. There were a few other hardy campers here and further down behind the dunes lots of make-shift shacks that looked like they had been here for many years- we only noticed two that seemed to be inhabited at this time, perhaps weekends and school holidays would be different. This is a beautiful coast with a coral filled lagoon and lots of fish to see but the wind is so severe we are reluctant to venture too far into the water. The sand is pure white and you can walk for kilometres along the beach but once again braving the winds was a tough call! We did find a sheltered spot in the dunes to read and relax and appreciate the beauty of this place.
Kath’s nephew Ben had spent good times at Red Bluff 50 kms north of here and told us not to miss it but the trip required a 4 wheel drive vehicle so this was as far as we would go and we thought it pretty good; camping was free as the caretaker had left for the season.
After a very wild and windy night we decided to head on south with every intention to revisit if/when we return to the area.