Gnaraloo Free Beach  
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Gnaraloo is situated some 150km north of Carnarvon, and is adjacent to the Ningaloo World Heritage Area. In fact the Ningaloo Reef extends 60 km south along the Gnaraloo coastline within the Ningaloo National Heritage Area.  Long known as a hideaway destination for those who chase the perfect wave, or that big fish, Gnaraloo Pastoral Station is much more, and has taken the first steps to make the facilities attractive to other tourism markets, including those who enjoy naturism. The chalet accommodation and camp grounds are not nudist, but the free beach, and other options for nude swimming or beach walking make up for this.
The sand dunes behind the beach are covered by native shrubs and grasses, but no trees, so like other beaches along the WA coast there is no natural shade. The naturist section is 500m long and signposted, although the beach continues further north until you approach Gnaraloo Bay which is textile. To the south sandy beaches extend for kilometres along the Ningaloo coast.




The property owner has developed a gravel access road and car park at the naturist beach which are suitable for any vehicle. The beach is a short 50m walk from the car park.  There are no public toilets or water at the beach.  The resort has facilities but they are for paying guests only.


Current Status


Up to the high water mark the free beach is Crown land administered by the State Government.  Beyond this the land is part of the Gnaraloo Pastoral Lease which is held by the owner of the resort.  However the fact that the area is signposted as clothing-optional means that to all intents and purposes the beach can be used for nude bathing.
The future of Gnaraloo is likely to be impacted by WA Government plans to create a 2km wide Reserve along the Ningaloo coast that will be administered by the Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC).  As a result, in the longer term, there is no guarantee that DEC will respect the status of the naturist beach.


When To Visit


The weather is most suitable between April and October with mean maximum and minimum temperatures (at Carnarvon) ranging between 33oC and 23oC respectively in February, to 22oC and 11oC in July.  During the summer (December to March) you can expect maximum temperatures up to 40oC, but the sea breeze normally moderates the temperature near the coast.   Most of the annual average rainfall of 233mm falls in the period between May and July.  However the infrequent occurrence of tropical cyclones, decaying cyclones or tropical cloud bands between January and July can produce unusually heavy rainfalls. The second half of the year is normally very dry.  The prevailing wind is a westerly sea breeze so a beach shelter or windbreak can be useful if you intend staying during the afternoon. On other days however, there is little wind and you can enjoy the entire day on the beach.




If you are intending to stay at Gnaraloo then call the Booking Office (Barb) on (08) 9315 4809 or write to Gnaraloo Bookings, PO Box 1233, Booragoon, WA 6954.  If you want to know about the status of the Free Beach then talk to Paul at the Homestead on (08) 9942 5927.  All the contacts (including e-mails) are listed on the resort contact page.


How To Get There


Drive ~19km north of Carnarvon on the North West Coastal Highway to the Blowholes turnoff; turn left.  Then ~49km on the sealed Blowholes Road to a T- junction and the 'king waves' sign.   Turn right (heading north) and go north past Quobba Station until you reach Gnaraloo. The road is unsealed for the 77 kilometres to the Homestead.  If you are camping turn left at 3-Mile which is 5.5km before the Homestead.  Gnaraloo Bay is 7km north of the Homestead (take the track to the right of the Homestead gate that will take you around the resort).  Turn left at the fenceline and gate at 6.5km from the Homestead i.e. 400m south of the Gnaraloo Bay car park.  Park and walk over the dunes to the beach.
Road conditions on the access to Gnaraloo Resort can vary.  Please check conditions before you set off and remember to take plenty of water with you on your trip.  Note that there is no road access to Cape Farquhar, and no through road from Gnaraloo northward to Warroora Station or Coral Bay.

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