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Black-footed rock wallabies steal hearts at Sal Salis

Black-footed rock wallabies steal hearts at Sal Salis

When you think of wildlife you may encounter during your stay at Sal Salis, you probably think of the stars of Ningaloo Reef: whale sharks, manta rays, turtles, orcas and humpback whales.

So, you may be surprised to learn that one of our most lovable locals is actually a gorge-dwelling marsupial!

Black-footed rock wallabies are closely related to kangaroos, and they are as cute as they are elusive.

Known as black-footed or black-flanked rock wallabies, they are primarily grey with black paws and a black tip at the end of their tail, which perfectly camouflages them in their rocky habitat. They are much smaller than kangaroos, growing up to just 50cm tall.

Although they are camouflaged, little and like to hide in dark, shady places, our talented guides know where and when to find them in the magnificent nearby gorges of Western Australia’s Cape Range National Park.

Black-footed rock wallabies are quite rare and can only be found in a few locations in North-West and central Australia. There is a large population of them in the Cape Range National Park of Australia’s Coral Coast, especially Pilgonoman Gorge, which boasts the biggest population of them on the North West Cape. They can also be spotted in Mandu Mandu and Yardie Creek Gorges.

The best time to spot black-footed rock wallabies is when it’s cool and dark, so we offer guests the opportunity to see them on guided tours at sunrise and sunset.

Black-footed rock wallabies leave their young inside caves while they venture out to find food such as Yardie Creek morning glory and bush fig trees.

Whilst their main defence is their trusty camouflage, these agile little creatures can jump up to 4 metres to escape predators such as feral cats, dingoes, wedge tail eagles and feral goats.

So, be sure to join us for a guided walk during your stay at Sal Salis to catch a glimpse of our beloved and rare black-footed rock wallabies.

 

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Sal Salis Photo Comp

2018 Sal Salis guests are encouraged to enter our photo competition by posting their best photos and videos to our Facebook or Instagram account for the chance to WIN a three-night stay with us in 2019!

Head to our Facebook page to post your photos and videos, tag @Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef and include #SalSalisPhotoComp and #SalSalisNingalooReef hashtags. Or post your content on Instagram, with the aforementioned hashtags. If you are not on social media, please email your photos and videos to info@salsalis.com.au.

Swim alongside the stars of Ningaloo Reef during your stay at Sal Salis!

The secret is out: Western Australia’s Ningaloo Reef is world-renowned for being one of the most accessible and reliable places in the world to swim with ALMIGHTY WHALE SHARKS!

Growing up to 18 metres in length, whale sharks are the largest fish in the sea. They arrive in the Ningaloo Marine Park in early March each year and are followed by tens of thousands of visitors who are lured to the region for the chance to swim with these enormous (and harmless) marine creatures.

Our preferred operator, Live Ningaloo, offers small, bespoke group tours to get up close and personal with whale sharks each year between late March and 31 July. Tours are limited to ten passengers to ensure all on board have a wonderful, once-in-a-lifetime experience with these graceful marine giants.

Ningaloo has solidified its reputation as being a mecca for massive marine experiences over the past few years. Not only can you swim with whale sharks here, you can also swim with humpback whales!

So, if you visit Sal Salis outside of the whale shark season, you can still get the adrenaline rush of having a close encounter with a gentle giant of the ocean. Swimming with humpback whales has only been offered at Ningaloo Reef since 2016, so our guests have the opportunity to be among the first of many to enjoy this unique experience. Guests can join a Live Ningaloo tour to take a dip with magnificent humpback whales between 1 August and 31 October.

While whale sharks and humpback whales pass through the Ningaloo Marine Park annually on a seasonal basis, majestic manta rays can be encountered here all year round. Manta rays have a wing span of up to 5.5 metres wide and watching them ‘dance’ is truly mesmerising.

Although tours are recommended to get up close to whale sharks, humpback whales and manta rays, there’s a myriad of marine life to seen close to Sal Salis.

Luckily for our guests, Sal Salis is located within a short stroll of one of the best parts of Ningaloo Reef. Measuring around 300km in length, Ningaloo Reef is one of the largest fringing reef systems in the world. It’s called a ‘fringing reef’ because it’s so close to shore, which means in some parts you can literally step off the beach and start snorkelling within moments of entering the water. This is a major point of difference to the Great Barrier Reef, which is around a two-hour boat ride from Cairns.

The UNESCO World Heritage listed Ningaloo Coast is home to around 500 species of fish and about 250 species of coral, so there’s plenty to see beneath the surface of this pristine stretch of the Indian Ocean located at the northern tip of Australia’s Coral Coast.

The great news is you can see so much of it with a mask and snorkel without venturing far from our luxury camp. Ningaloo is a notable nesting site for green, loggerhead and hawksbill turtles, and our guests often rave about their encounters with these beautiful creatures at our private beach. Occasionally our guests have even witnessed unseasonable hatching of turtles near our camp.

If you love to be beside the seaside and would like to acquaint yourself with Ningaloo Reef’s many marine species, add Sal Salis to your bucket list!

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Sal Salis Photo Comp

2018 Sal Salis guests are encouraged to enter our photo competition by posting their best photos and videos to our Facebook or Instagram account for the chance to WIN a three-night stay with us in 2019!

Head to our Facebook page to post your photos and videos, tag @Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef and include #SalSalisPhotoComp and #SalSalisNingalooReef hashtags. Or post your content on Instagram, with the aforementioned hashtags. If you are not on social media, please email your photos and videos to info@salsalis.com.au.

Share magic moments of your stay at Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef in our 2018 Photo Competition for your chance to win a 3-night stay next season!

After receiving some amazing photos of our guests’ experiences at Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef last year, we’ve decided to run the popular Sal Salis Photo Competition again this season.

 

2017 Winning Image from Anna Sim
2017 Winning Image from Anna Sim

Situated on the pristine shore of Ningaloo Reef at the northern tip of Western Australia’s Coral Coast, we firmly believe our luxury camp is in the midst of one of the world’s most photogenic locations.

Located in the Cape Range National Park, Sal Salis is a photographer’s dream. There are so many opportunities to encounter the area’s abundant wildlife at our camp and while exploring nearby gorges and the Ningaloo Reef. Contrasting colours of the rust-red outback alongside the turquoise Indian Ocean, sunny days, vibrant sunrises and sunsets, as well as bright starry nights offer excellent photo opportunities for amateur and professional photographers alike.

As usual, our season has started in spectacular fashion with the arrival of whale sharks at Ningaloo Reef. What better experience to capture than your swim with the world’s largest fish on tour with our partner, Live Ningaloo?

2018 Sal Salis guests are encouraged to enter our competition by posting their best photos and videos to our Facebook or Instagram account for the chance to WIN a three-night stay with us in 2019!

Runner up image from @bonbonbonbonbonbon
Runner up image from @bonbonbonbonbonbon

 

Head to our Facebook page to post your photos and videos, tag @Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef and include #SalSalisPhotoComp and #SalSalisNingalooReef hashtags. Or post your content on Instagram, with the aforementioned hashtags. If you are not on social media, please email your photos and videos to info@salsalis.com.au.

Don’t forget to ask our camp manager, Paul Bester for photography tips while you’re here, as he is a very talented photographer and is only too happy to help.

We look forward to receiving competition entries, highlights of which will feature on our social channels.

A finalist image will be selected by our team each month, and the winning photo will be selected out of the eight finalist images. The winner will be announced in November, so please remember to like our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram to see competition highlights and updates.

Good luck!

Sal Salis Photo Competition terms and conditions.