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Get Back to Nature at Red Bluff’s Eco-Retreat

Located along an alluringly remote part of the Ningaloo Reef, Red Bluff is an eco-retreat and surfing haven. Having been captivating guests for decades with its wildness and solitude, the camp is still relatively unknown. While other coral coast campsites burst at the seams with suburban families and grey nomads escaping the city, Red Bluff remains immune to the outside world.

Nestled into the dunes, safari-like tents, shacks and caravans sprawl across the red, jagged coastline. With limited facilities, you can expect a largely off-grid existence. Your phone is likely to lose battery and become lost among an array of damp, sandy items in a forgotten corner of your tent. And you won’t miss it. Instead, you can swim, surf, snorkel and immerse yourself in this uniquely wild part of Western Australia.

Ocean view bungalow

Red Bluff offers a variety of accommodation for all budgets and styles. While surfers retreat to the rustic shacks and unpowered campsites, you can opt for one of the two solar-powered bungalows or glamping tents. Located to the south of the homestead, these hard-deck safari tents offer a little luxury in an otherwise rugged landscape. With a queen bed, fully-equipped kitchenette and ensuite, the 24-hour solar-power panel will keep you looked after with a full-sized fridge, microwave, and gas cooker.

While the glamping tents give you the choice to cook your own meals, you can also venture down to the camp’s laid back cafe for pizza nights and afternoon smoothies. Past the cafe, you will find a small sign stuck into the sand that reads day spa. At Totoko Day Spa, you can experience luxury beachside massages and facials, with specialised treatments for any sore surfers.

Every year campers eagerly search the horizon for the slap of a tail on the sea’s surface, and if you’re lucky, you may catch a glimpse of the humpback whales on their yearly migration towards the warmer waters of Northern Australia. Involving some challenging unpaved roads and a lengthy 12-hour long drive from Perth, Red Bluff isn’t the easiest destination to get to. But those that do brave the drive will be rewarded with unspoiled ocean views, magnificent wildlife and the opportunity to completely immerse themselves in nature.

If you need more West Australian travel inspiration then you might be interested in the most luxurious resorts in the Margaret River region and the best glamping destinations in WA.

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