Gnaraloo Station

Top choice campground, cottage in Quobba Coast

At the end of the road around 150km from Carnarvon, Gnaraloo Station is the jewel in the crown of the Gascoyne Coast. Surfers from around the world come every winter to ride the notorious Tombstones, while summer brings turtle monitoring and windsurfers trying to catch the Carnarvon Doctor, the strong afternoon sea breeze.

You can stay in campsites next to the beach at 3-Mile Camp (there's a small store here), or there's a range of options up at the homestead (5km further north of the 3-Mile turn-off). The nicest homestead options are the self-contained stone cabins (bathroom and kitchen) with uninterrupted ocean views – great for spotting migrating whales (between June and November) and sea eagles.

Don't leave without visiting the eye-burningly pristine Gnaraloo Bay, 7km from the homestead. Here and around 3-Mile Camp, there's excellent snorkelling close to shore.

Gnaraloo is dedicated to sustainability and has implemented a number of visionary environmental programs. The station is always looking for willing workers. Just be aware that this is a working station in the Australian outback, not a luxury resort.