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The Red Bluff

The Red Bluff

Northwest Western Australia - Gnaraloo , Australia


Red Bluff, a.k.a. The Bluff is an iconic left point break in Northwest Western Australia. It's situated in the Coral Coast region in an area called Gnaraloo which is today one of the best surfing destinations in the world. Gnaraloo is a 14 hour drive north of Perth and 150 km from the nearest city, Carnavon, you'll need a car to move around the area as the best spots are at lonely virgin beaches and away from everything. You'll have to be self-sufficient, and take everything you need as this part of the world is very remote and inhospitable for the unprepared but it's worth going for the wildlife, incredible fishing and above all, the huge, powerful wild waves. To get there from Carnarvon you need to head north. Take the Blowholes exit and carry on north towards Red Bluff at Quobba station. It's approximately 6 km south of Gnaraloo. Don't attempt the drive without a proper 4WD!


Bring your shortboard and more importantly your best semi-gun. Due to the size and power of the waves, this spot is for experienced surfers so it's a good idea to watch a local paddle out before you attempt it. It's advisable to wear booties. It's a bit crowded in the winter but the local vibe is pretty cool and campfires in groups after a good surf are common practice. 


This wave breaks over an exposed reef and is better during the winter when the winds are lighter and the water is warmer. Red Bluff works with overhead to double overhead S - SW swells and the well shaped point converts the ocean into a machine of barreling left handers that break over a sharp, shallow, urchin ridden reef. The technical and tight drop in the takeoff leads to thick, powerful barrels before finsihing in a deep channel which is notoriously sharky. It shows its best face at mid tide with SW swell, the ideal size being six-to-eight feet but it can hold up to ten, and SE wind, although it can handle the prevailing SW winds.

Optimal Conditions
  • Wave
  • Wind
  • Tide
  • Swell
  • Bottom
  • Size
    3 to 10 ft
  • Time of year
    From april to october
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