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Things to do in Shark Bay to Gnaraloo

Things To Do in Shark Bay To Gnaraloo


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Diving at Turtle Bay

This is a flat topped limestone reef that projects out about 500m in to the waters of the bay.

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The sides range from 1 metre high to 3 metres further out. A wide range of life lives along the walls and in the many nooks and crannies with in the limestone itself. The base of the ledges grade into rubble and then into the fine white sand which makes up the beach. As it is close to shore a surge develops towards low tide that can make the closer in section unpleasant.

Along these walls there is a number species of hard and soft corals offering some great photo opportunities. A wide range of fish are also seen. A survey done in south passage at the southern end of the island reported 323 species of fish. This end does not appear to be much less. The beach is a nesting beach for loggerhead turtles and they are often seen in the waters of the bay. Dolphins, sharks, whales, manta rays and whale sharks are also seen in this area.

The large fish feeding event in early 2001 which featured hundreds of sharks, Brydes and humpback whales and large pelagic fish was between this reef and cape Inscription.

DIRECTIONS: Northern point of Dirk Hartog Island, just to the east of the Cape Inscription Lighthouse. The main bit of reef runs out from the beach just east of the old jetty pylons. This is about 20 Nautical miles from Denham and is exposed in northerly weather. This is rare but caution is required. The crossing from Denham is good in most conditions. In rough seas head across to homestead bay and follow the coast up. unless you are experienced in offshore boating use one of the many charter boats working out of Denham.

Surfing at Centre Peak

Centres is a fast and heavy left that offers a hollow and square jawed barrel. It is located out the back of Tombstones and can be accessed via the Tombstones carpark.

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Centre Peak works best during a southwest to west swell and southeasterly winds, during all tides. The break is suited to exprienced surfers only and is know to be a "gentlemen's spot", so make sure you're willing to share the waves. 

 

Surfing at Fencelines

Fencelines is one of the more mellow options around the Gnaraloo area and is perfect for those not quite ready to take on the gnarlier outer reefs.

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Fencelines is located just out the front of 3Mile Camp and offers right and left peaks that break onto a sandy bottom. Works well at all tides with a south-west swell and south-easterly winds.This wave is not for beginners.

Surfing at Midgies

Midgies is a very unforgiving wave, offering a fast and hollow left hander, that breaks onto a sharp, jagged reef.

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Midgies is located out the back of Centres and Tombstones and similar to Centres, offers a heavy, hollow and square wave that can be one long, memorable ride. The break works best in southwest to west swells and southeasterly winds. For experienced surfers only. 

Surfing at Red Bluff

Red Bluff offers a heavy left-hander with a steep takeoff followed by a pitching lip and deep barrel. Strictly for the experienced surfer.

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Every winter, Australias North West is known to produce some of the heaviest waves around the world. Red Bluff, located along the coast of Quobba Station, produces a deep barrel that races along the reef into a channel notorious for sharks. Its a hard paddle out and another hard paddle into the wave so be sure to talk to one of the locals to get the run down. Red Bluff works best in south-easterly winds and south-southwest swells during mid-tide. 

 

Surfing at Tombstones

It’s known for some of the roundest, longest tubes in the world. It is a left hand, full on barrel from start to finish, depending on the tide and swell.

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Surfing at Turtles

Turtles has on offer both left and right peeling reef breaks, with the left producing a hollow bowl and workable walls.

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Turtles is accessible via 4WD and is locted 25 minutes south of 3Mile Camp, near the dunes. The break works best with an easterly wind and during mid-high tides. Suited to the experienced surfer. 

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