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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.

Star Struck at Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef

 

There’s a starring cast of billions just waiting to be discovered at Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef.

Nestled amongst the dunes, alongside the world’s largest fringing reef, beneath of blanket of countless stars lies Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef.

Like a moth to a flame, we are mesmerised by the megawatt sparkle of the Milky Way – Mother Nature’s finest light show. Our guests often remark that the stars shine brighter here at Sal Salis. We keep it real for them by ensuring artificial lights are kept to an absolute minimum so the real stars of the show have their time to shine.

Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef Camp Manager, Mr Paul Bester said the minimal light pollution at Sal Salis was something quite unique in this day and age.

“Sal Salis is a situated in a designated dark sky area, which provides uninterrupted views of the Milky Way,” Mr Bester said.

“Seeing the Milky Way spanning from horizon to horizon is something very special indeed.”

“We really enjoy pointing out constellations to our visitors, and guests from the Northern Hemisphere are often thrilled to see the Southern Cross shining brightly before their eyes for the very first time.”

“Depending on the time of year, we see other constellations as well, including Orion and Scorpio, which seem to chase each other around the night sky to the delight of our guests.”

“It’s wonderful that our guests get so excited about seeing the stars here, and I believe more and more people will visit for this experience, especially as stars become less visible elsewhere due to the effects of light pollution on the night sky.”

“We have a pair of Acuter night vision binoculars for guests to use and we can provide visitors with tips on how to capture these magic moments in photos.”

“In this age of new technology, where people spend so much time in front of a screen, we give our guests a unique opportunity to enjoy a complete digital detox; the chance to switch off digital devices and disconnect from the stress of daily life.”

“By day, our guests can explore the nearby gorges of the Cape Range National Park, and discover the myriad of colourful marine life on the UNESCO World Heritage-Listed Ningaloo Reef. In the evening they can unwind with sunset canapes and drinks, followed by an exquisite chef-prepared meal. Their day ends on a high as they stare into space at billions of sparkling stars.”

Do you dream of swapping your screen for an unforgettable night of star gazing? How would you like to drift off to sleep in the comfort of your eco-luxe safari tent beneath a blanket of stars while listening to the waves crash on the outer Ningaloo Reef? Why not turn your dream into reality?

There’s no better soul food than star gazing at Sal Salis, located on the shore of Australia’s Coral Coast in Western Australia. Sal Salis awaits…

Image at top by Marc Hillesheim
Background image by Paul Bester
Image below by Lauren P Bath